Welcome new WWU families
The WWU Family Connection newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter sent to all families throughout the year, produced by Western's Office of Communications and Marketing and New Student Services/Family Outreach.
We look forward to seeing the families attending Transitions, Summerstart and Fall Orientation. Keep scrolling to see how you can find family orientation materials online.
Welcome to the WWU Family!
Important Dates 2019-20
First day of fall quarter, tuition, fees, housing and meal plan charges due: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Last day to pay account before late-fees are assessed: Tuesday, Oct. 15
Fall Family Weekend: Oct. 18-20
Veteran's Day, university closed: Monday, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving Break, no classes: Wednesday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Break, university closed: Nov. 28-Dec. 1
Final exams: Dec. 9-13
Fall commencement: Saturday, Dec. 14
Winter Break:: Dec. 14 to Jan. 6, 2020
First day of winter quarter, tuition, fees, housing and meal plan charges due: Tuesday, Jan. 7
Last day to pay account before late-fees are assessed: Wednesday, Jan. 15
Martin Luther King holiday, university closed: Monday, Jan. 20
President's Day holiday, university closed: Monday, Feb. 17
Final exams: March 16-20
Winter commencement: Saturday, March 21
Spring Break:: March 21 - 30
First day of spring quarter, tuition, fees, housing and meal plan charges due: Tuesday, March 31
Last day to pay account before late-fees are assessed: Wednesday, April 15
Memorial Day holiday, university closed: Monday, May 25
Final exams: June 8-12
Spring commencement: Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13
Summer Break:: June 13-22
New Student Services/Family Outreach is the first stop for WWU families
New Student Services/Family Outreach has several online resources, including the 2019-20 New Family Handbook, 2019-20 Family Calendar and the presentations from Family Orientation.
Click here to learn more.
Add WWU events, dates and deadlines to your own calendar
Western's online calendar offers an "Add to my calendar" feature. Click it to download the event information in an .ics file, which works with most standard calendar apps. Open the .ics file and the event will automatically be added to your calendar on your phone or computer desktop.
Make plans to join your student on campus for Fall Family Weekend
Fall Family Weekend Oct. 18-20 is an activity-filled weekend devoted to providing you with plenty of chances to visit with your student and experience Western firsthand.
Explore Bellingham with your student
Learn about local events and things to do at Bellingham Whatcom Tourism's website, bellingham.org.
A tip for Bellingham visitors: SeaFeast is happening during Move-In Weekend. Check it out after dropping off your student.
Get ready for move-in day
Get a head start on dropping off your student for fall quarter by reading up about Move-In Day at University Residences.
When students are ready to move off-campus, Western has neighborly resources
Western's Off Campus Living website has important information on the basics of renting, creating community and all-around adulting.
Is your student still in need of off-campus housing? Have them get in touch with Off-Campus Living's Julia Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel tips from Sustainable Transportation
Keep the car at home
Parking on campus is expensive and sometimes hard to find. Plus, students' Western Card is their bus pass.
Western's Sustainable Transportation Office has lots of resources for students who are getting around without a car.
Among the highlights: Tips on how to get to Seattle or Mount Baker Ski Area without a car, links to regional bus and train websites, and resources for bicycling.
Also, the Bellair Airporter Shuttle stops on High Street on the way to Sea-Tac Airport. Check Sustainable Transportation's Local and Regional Travel website for more details.
Students can track Western's Late Night Shuttle with the help of the Shuttle Tracker app. The Late Night Shuttle resume service in the fall.