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CAS Office of Admission resumes in-person visits

by Director of Admission Marketing and Events Caitlin Harper,

The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Admission is resuming in-person visits and events this fall.

“We know that one of the most effective ways to influence a prospective student’s likelihood to enroll is to have them on campus, interacting with professors and current students,” says William Mullen, vice president for enrollment management. “Thank you in advance for the warm welcome you provide to our visitors, your generosity of time, and your understanding as we navigate offering in-person visits with continued health and safety precautions.”

Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of all office visitors as well as the Willamette community, including conforming to all current campus health and safety protocols. These measures include, but are not limited to:

  • COVID screening questions during the visit registration process
  • Instruction and enforcement of the masking mandate (i.e. all visitors will remain masked throughout the entirety of their time on campus, both indoors and outdoors)
  • Proof of complete COVID vaccination will be required and verified upon check-in with the Office of Admission

Below you will find details on what visit elements and admission events are being offered to prospective students this fall.

Daily Campus Visits

Schedule: Three visit blocks, including an information session, campus tour, and optional admission interview, Monday through Friday. One visit block is offered on Saturdays when an in-person event isn’t taking place.

Additional visit elements: Prospective students will have the option of customizing their visit with activities that will allow them to more deeply connect with our community. We are aiming to begin offering these additional elements by Oct. 4.

  • Class visits - Faculty, please watch for an email from the Office of Admission asking if you would like to opt-out of offering any/all of your classes to visiting prospective students. You may also indicate the number of spots available for visiting prospective students in your class(es).
  • One-on-one meetings - Many prospective students request to meet specific community members who work in areas aligned with their interests. We greatly appreciate your receptiveness to receiving these requests and the time you are willing to share with our prospective students.

Contact: The Office of Admission has hired a new Campus Visit Coordinator, Hayden Dentinger. Hayden’s first day will be Sept. 27. As we work to onboard and train Hayden, please direct questions about the daily campus visit program to Caitlin Harper, director of admission marketing and events, at


Cardinal & Gold Day - Saturday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 6

Audience: Prospective students and their guest(s), prioritizing students actively in their application year (high school seniors and transfer students.) Some students may have submitted an application prior to their visit, many are actively preparing to do so. Note: Guests are limited to 1 per student, and total attendance is restricted for safety. 

Content: Students will leave with a comprehensive overview of academic and campus life at Willamette, as well as optional tips for applying to college. There will be specific attention paid to 1:1 connections with guests to answer their specific questions either at or after the event.

Time: approx. 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


The Office of Admission intends to continue to offer virtual content for prospective students who might not be able to visit campus in-person. This includes:

  • Virtual information sessions twice a week
  • Current student led virtual campus tours twice a week
  • Virtual admission interviews and transfer student advising appointments
  • Virtual Cardinal & Gold Day, Saturday, Oct. 23 (tent. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST)

Looking ahead - Spring 2022

Prospective student events:

Junior Preview Day (on-campus)

  • TBD Saturday in February
  • TBD Saturday in late May

Admitted student events:

Bearcat Day (virtual)

  • TBD Saturday in February

Bearcat Days (on-campus)

  • Thursday–Friday March 10–11
  • Thursday–Friday April 7–8
  • Thursday–Friday April 21–22
  • Access to Excellence (on-campus) — concurrent with Bearcat Days

Access to Excellence (virtual) – Saturday, April 16

Supporting our Students (virtual parent/family event) – Saturday, April 2 

Events for college counselors:

  • Northwest Five Counselor Tour (on-campus) – Wednesday, March 9
  • Counselor Roundtable series (virtual) – ongoing through spring semester

Willing to help? If you are interested in assisting us in our effort to provide the most personalized and positive campus visit experience to our prospective students, please let us know by filling out this form. There are many opportunities to be involved, and we’d be happy to work with you to find the best fit for you and your schedule.

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