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View of Bellingham and Western Washington University from the bay with Mount Baker behind some clouds in the distance

We are excited to welcome and support new students and family members in your personal, social, and academic transition to the Western community. We have orientation resources for you! Connect with current students, staff, and faculty and learn more about academic programs and campus services through engaging live events, informational videos, and virtual chats. There are many friendly faces ready to help, share resources, connect, and have fun along the way as we build our Western community together. Take time to explore all our orientation offerings and let us know if you need help navigating. Welcome to Western! 

Sabah Randhawa


Melynda Huskey

Vice President

Enrollment and Student Services

A Message of Inclusion

Shirin Deylami

Professor, Department of Political Science

Health and Wellness at Western

Sislena Ledbetter

Executive Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness

Sarah Godoy

Director, Counseling Center

Chris Edwards

Assistant Director, Counseling Center

Liz Stuart

Sexual Violence Prevention Outreach Specialist, Prevention and Wellness Services

David L. Patrick, Dean of Graduate School, standing in hallway with windows to the left

Welcome from the Graduate School

On behalf of the Graduate School, welcome to Western!

We’re thrilled to have you here. You will soon discover what a special place this is, home to an exceptional community of learners and scholars. Over the coming years I hope you take full advantage of everything Western has to offer.

A Western education balances breadth of experience with in-depth study preparing you for lifelong learning. After graduation, many students continue their studies in graduate and professional programs here and at universities around the world.

As you begin to find your footing, I encourage you to keep your eyes on the horizon. Engage with your professors or reach out to our office to learn more about future opportunities for advanced study at the graduate level, and steps you can take along the way to prepare.

Welcome, and congratulations.

David L. Patrick
Dean of the Graduate School

Getting Started

Virtual Tours