Friday, April 15, 2022

9:30 a.m.
Pick-up, Lobby, The Grand Hotel

Please meet with Willamette University admission counselors in the lobby of The Grand Hotel. We will walk to campus together.

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Check-in, Foyer, Rogers Music Center

Welcome to Willamette! Grab a cup of coffee and connect with admission staff to learn about the day ahead.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Welcome Address, Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Center

Hear from President Stephen E. Thorsett as he greets you and shares his reflections on what makes Willamette special.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Class Visits, Lunch, or Campus Tours
  • Build Your WU Crew and Lunch | Henkle Gymnasium, Sparks Athletics Center 
    Meet your future classmates – other admitted students and current Bearcats – and have lunch in Goudy Dining Commons.
  • Class Visits | Various locations
    You will find information for your assigned class on the back of your name tag.
  • Campus Tours | Clock Tower, Jackson Plaza
12:40 – 1:40 p.m.
Class Visits, Lunch, or Campus Tours
  • Build Your WU Crew and Lunch | Henkle Gymnasium, Sparks Athletics Center
    Meet your future classmates – other admitted students and current Bearcats – and have lunch in Goudy Dining Commons.
  • Class Visits | Various locations
    You will find information for your assigned class on the back of your name tag.
  • Campus Tours | Clock Tower, Jackson Plaza
1:50 – 2:50 p.m.
Class Visits, Campus Tours, or “Free Time”
  • Class Visits | Various locations
    You will find information for your assigned class on the back of your name tag.
  • Campus Tours | Clock Tower, Jackson Plaza
  • “Free Time” | Various locations, see more info
3 – 5 p.m.
Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Campus Resources Fair | Balcony, Putnam University Center
    Chat with friendly members of the Willamette community and learn about the resources, spaces, organizations and offices available on campus that work to help students thrive.
  • Open Hearths | Various locations, reference handout in your welcome packet
    Experience our “academic hearths,” physical spaces that foster collaboration and connection between faculty and students. Our professors are eager to meet you and answer your questions about learning at Willamette.
  • “Free Time” | Various locations, see more info
5 – 6 p.m.
Dinner: Taste of Salem, Tent, Brown Field outside Goudy Dining Commons

Sample the food from some of our favorite local restaurants! You’ll find menus and more information in your welcome packet.

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Campfire Conversations, Office of Admission

The official start to your Access to Excellence programming. Engage in meaningful discussion with peers and Willamette community members while enjoying tasty s’mores.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

8 a.m.
Pick-up, Lobby, The Grand Hotel

Please meet with Willamette University counselors in the lobby of The Grand Hotel. We will walk to campus together. Bring your luggage and check out of your room.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast, Montag Den

Enjoy breakfast with A2E participants. Hear from this year’s keynote speaker, Rev. Ineda
Adesanya.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Building Your Community, Cone Chapel

This panel will include representatives from career services, accessible education services, student engagement and leadership, as well as Willamette alumni and current students.

10:30 – 11 a.m.
Breakout Sessions | Choose one

Diversity at Willamette: Navigating a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) | Ford Hall, Room 102
In this session, you will be led by Olivia “Oli” Muñoz, Dean of Students for Community Care & Inclusion, in an interactive reflection of self and how one may or may not be represented at schools like Willamette. Open to all regardless of race/ethnicity.

Self-Care at Willamette: Mental Health Resources | Ford Hall, Room 122
An opportunity to hear from the staff at Bishop Wellness Center and learn about the supportive systems they have in place that champion the importance of holistic wellbeing in college.

11 – 11:20 a.m.
Get Geared Up, The Willamette Store, 1st Floor Putnam University Center

Before you leave campus, this is your chance to purchase any gear you want from the
Willamette Store.

11:30 a.m.
Snacks, Swag and Luggage, WISH Building
12 p.m.
Board NW Navigator Shuttle for PDX, WISH Parking Lot

Free Time

As you explore campus and seek out answers to your questions, we encourage you to fill any “free time” with the activities below.

  • Visit our student-run coffee shop, The Bistro, for an afternoon pick-me-up. You’ll find a coupon in your welcome packet. Located on the 1st floor of Putnam University Center.
  • Pop by the Willamette Store to get outfitted in all the best Bearcat swag. You’ll find a coupon in your welcome packet. Located on the 1st floor of Putnam University Center.
  • Stroll through the current exhibits at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Just show your Bearcat Day name tag for free entry. Located at 700 State Street.
  • Check in at the Bearcat Booth to snap a pic for social media and pick up your free Bearcat Day t-shirt. Located between the University Center and Goudy Dining Commons.
  • Walk-in appointments at the Office of Financial Aid. Located on the 1st floor of Waller Hall.
  • Walk-in appointments at Accessible Education Services. Located in Smullin 155.
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Willamette University

Office of Admission

Salem Campus

Address
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
503-370-6303 voice
1-844-BEARCAT toll free
503-375-5363 fax
503-375-5383 TDD

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