Activities marked with a Attend with student icon you will participate in with your student.

Friday, April 15, 2022

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

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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

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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.
Lunch, Cat Cavern, 2nd Floor Putnam University Center

Enjoy friendly conversation and a meal catered by Bon Appetit, Willamette’s food service provider.

12:40 – 1:40 p.m.
Supporting Our Students, Cat Cavern, 2nd Floor Putnam University Center

This panel will introduce you to a number of important campus community members and specifically address the questions you may have about how Willamette will help your student succeed.

1:50 – 2:50 p.m.
Campus Tours, or “Free Time”
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  • Campus Tours | Clock Tower, Jackson Plaza
  • “Free Time” | Various locations, see more info
3 – 5 p.m.
Choose Your Own Adventure
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  • 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. Meet professors and current students from
    a variety of academic departments.
  • “Free Time” | Various locations, see more info
5 – 6 p.m.
Dinner: Taste of Salem, Tent, Brown Field outside Goudy Dining Commons

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

6 – 7:30 p.m.
Optional Reception, Rick’s Café, Law School Campus

Please join us for local wines and beers and conversation with Willamette community members.

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.
Welcome to Bearcat Day - Willamette's Mill Stream with Hatfield Library in the background

Parent & Family Info

Visit the Parent and Family Hub for more information about upcoming events, parent and student resources, and how to remain involved with your Bearcat during their time at Willamette.

Check out the Facebook page for parents and family of Willamette admitted students.

Willamette University

Office of Admission

Salem Campus

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

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