Two more rounds of Bearcat Days this week and next

by University Communications,

The program follows last month’s successful admitted-student event.

The campus will be abuzz with guests for the final two Bearcat Days on April 5–6 and 12–13. Designed to provide admitted students an experience of life at Willamette, this event features class visits, overnight stays in residence halls, campus tours and sessions about student life.

Many guests praised the Willamette community for the warm welcome they received during the March event. Here are a few of their reactions:

“It was amazing! Everyone I met was really creative, smart, and nice! The highlights for me were the panel on internships and research, and my tour of the science facilities with professors Kirk and Fisher.”

“This event changed our student’s direction completely. Willamette went from ‘Let's just check it out’ to ‘I think this is the school for me.’ ”

“The best part about visiting campus was when a senior in the class I visited took me under her wing without any obligation to, and was quite friendly, answering my questions and helping my visit become a very positive experience.”

“Faculty, students and staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We enjoyed their passionate enthusiasm for Willamette.”

“I had a wonderful time, and it convinced me to commit!”

Thank you, Willamette Community, for welcoming our guests. Their feedback shows how every element of students’ visits — from their arrival at the Hatfield fountain, to interactions at the library and the Bistro, to class discussions and the help they receive from passersby who offer directions and a smile — can impact whether one enrolls at Willamette.

Please join us in welcoming our April guests. Remember to allow additional space for visitors to park. During Bearcat Days, we encourage faculty and staff to use the softball parking lot off 14th St. or alternative methods of transportation. We appreciate your understanding and graciousness if parking is tighter and lines on campus are longer than usual.

For more information about Bearcat Days, see the schedules for students and family members.

Regarding food service on Bearcat Days, please note:

  • Goudy Commons will be open Friday for lunch at 11 a.m. and will offer more efficient services at each station to move our guests through the cafe at a faster pace.
  • Chef Hopeton will prepare a special meal on the patio outside of Goudy Commons, weather permitting, on Friday.
  • Kaneko Café opens at 11 a.m. Friday and is always a great option with katsu.
  • The Montag Store will open at 2 p.m. Friday with grab-and-go selections, beverages and snacks.
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