Bearcat Days for Admitted Students

Schedule of Events

With the exception of class visits, parents and family members are welcome to join in on all activities scheduled for Thursday, March 31st - Friday, April 1st. A detailed schedule of events will be available for all guests at registration Friday morning.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Check-in and Registration, Putnam University Center, 3rd Floor
Come check in! If you're staying overnight, make sure to bring your sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush and towel (and shower flops!). A limited number of linen packets will be available for those unable to bring their own bedding.

For anyone arriving early we will be offering campus tours at 1pm and 2pm. Inquire at check-in if you're interested.

Class visits will also be selected at registration. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to one class per student, class visits will be offered in a variety of disciplines.

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Welcome Address, Hudson Concert Hall

President Thorsett will be welcoming families to campus, and stay tuned for special guests!

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Student Breakout Groups, Eaton Hall

Wonder who you'll be sharing campus with next year? Modeled after our student-run Opening Days orientation program, these breakout groups will provide the space to begin answering that question.

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Parent Address, Hudson Concert Hall
Parents and Guardians, we'll have special guest speakers here just for you while your students are off meeting one another.
5:00–6:00 p.m.
Meet Overnight Hosts & Settle In Residence Halls, Putnam University Center - Alumni Lounge, 3rd Floor
Students and Parents will meet up with their Overnight Hosts. Not staying overnight? You can take a 5pm Campus Tour, mingle with current students and counselors, or use this time as down-time!
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Family Reception, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Families are invited to visit the Hallie Ford Museum of Art for hors d'oeuvres, local wines, and the chance to speak with Willamette community members.
6:00p.m. - On
Evening Events, Across Campus

Finalized event planning is yet to come, but student-coordinated events will be held across campus for students to participate in. Students will also have a meal card to cover the cost of dining on campus.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

9:10–10:10 a.m.
Class Visits / Tours / Break-out Sessions

1. Tours (Tours last about one hour and will depart from Jackson Plaza.)
Attend a class (students only)
3. Attend one of the following break-out sessions:

  • The First Year Experience (Location TBD)
  • Faculty Panel (Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge)
  • Varsity Athletics (Sparks Athletic Center, Currey Classroom)
10:20–11:20 a.m.
Break-out Sessions

1. Tours (Tours last about one hour and will depart from Jackson Plaza.)
2. Attend a class (students only)

3. Attend one of the following break-out sessions:

  • The First Year Experience (Location TBD)
  • Student Research, Student Internships (Montag Den)
  • Dual-Degree & Pre-Professional Programs (Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge)
11:00–2:00 p.m.
Lunch / Class Visits / Tours

Lunch: Goudy Commons and Kaneko Cafe are both open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Complimentary meals are provided for our student guests. Parents and families are welcome to purchase lunch from any of the aforementioned venues.

Class Visits: Class visits will be available from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as well as
12:40 - 1:40 p.m.

Tours: Campus Tours will be available at 11:30 a.m. as well as 12:40 p.m. Tours last about one hour and will depart from Jackson Plaza.

1:45–2:30 p.m.
Campus-Wide Reception, Putnam University Center, Cat Cavern

Faculty from across disciplines, varsity coaches, and student life staff will be on hand to answer any final questions before you depart from campus. For those ready to make it official, opportunities will be available to place your enrollment deposit and join in our tradition of ringing the enrollment bell.

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Last Minute Tours

Tours last about one hour and will depart from Jackson Plaza.

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Class Visits Available

If you were unable to attend a class earlier in the day, we will have limited spaces available during the final hour of classes on Friday afternoon.

All Day Events

The Financial Aid office will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the staff encourages you to stop by with questions about need-based financial aid. Located on the 1st Floor of Waller Hall, they will serve families on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residential Services (residence hall selection, ID cards and parking) welcomes visitors.

Bishop Wellness Center and Disability Services will host an open house between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday. The center for student health services, counseling, and learning services welcomes visitors to learn more about our programs.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art hosts an impressive collection available to our visitors throughout the day.

Beginning and end times are fixed although slight modifications may be made to the event schedule.

Transportation: Students who are traveling alone are welcome to board the Bearcat Bus for transportation between the Airport and Campus. Thursday, March 10th buses will leave the Portland Airport (PDX) at 10:00am and 1:00pm.  Friday, March 11th buses will leave campus between 2:45 - 3:00p.m., and travelers should expect 1 hour and 45 minutes travel time due to traffic. Please email Kaitlyn Rice,, if you are interested in this service.