Fall Tour Day Information

Tour Day- Tuesday, October 15th, 2024

5th grade students exploring Environmental Science building interactive exhibit

Each fall, all fifth graders from participating schools are brought to the WWU campus for a "kick-off" tour. The tour day is a coordinated effort between the university, local school districts, and the community. The tour is an all-day field trip for the students and their teachers and they participate in the following ways:

  • Touring "real" WWU classrooms where professors have opened the doors and provided a view of college education for the 5th graders. Over 125 classrooms and demonstrations have been open to our tour guests.
  • Touring university housing and activity centers where Western students typically live and participate in university offerings.
  • Visiting WWU service centers, so that young students also get a bird's-eye-view of how to navigate a university.
  • Touring the WWU library, a favorite to our 5th graders, to see the educational treasures available to students.
  • Viewing Western's cultural resources; sculptures, art galleries, music, theatre, and dance performances.
  • Lunching on campus with mentors at the Viking Union.
  • Opportunities to meet the university administration.

Common Reads 2023

Each year an author or illustrator is featured during Tour Day. Our 2023 Common Read's Author was Laurie Ann Thompson and her book "Two Truths and a Lie".

A former software engineer, Laurie Ann Thompson now writes for young people to help them understand the world we live in so they can help make it a better place for all. She strives to write nonfiction that encourages imagination and fiction that reflects universal truths. Learn more at lauriethompson.com.

Laurie Thompson, a woman with long brunette hair smiles in a blue scarf and jean jacket

Volunteer for Tour Day

As part of our Tour Day, many groups of students will be touring the Western campus. We will need to have some experienced adult supervision on campus that day. These adults will be needed as a safety measure to be present on the WWU perimeter, answering questions about locations on campus, helping in emergencies or with problems, maintaining cell-phone communication with the program director to relay needed information, and generally talking with students, acting as ambassadors for the Western campus.

A student mentor guiding a group of students around WWU

Volunteers are requested in late September. All volunteers are required to attend a short orientation for their designated task prior to Tour Day. If you would like to volunteer on Tour Day, please contact C2C@wwu.edu.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help our young students consider college in their future!

Virtual College Week!

During the pandemic, Tour Day was reconfigured into a weeklong online event called College Week! We plan to keep this page available for anyone to use for a virtual experience, or as preparation for the in-person Tour Day visit.

Visit the College Week site