Orientation
Orientation
Get familiar with Washington University in St. Louis by checking out the various orientation programs available to you.
SOAR: Summer Orientation Advising Registration
Consider attending a SOAR program this summer. This on-campus, 3-day overnight experience includes meeting with an advisor and registering for classes*, getting to know upper-class student leaders, exploring campus and the St. Louis community, as well as meeting some of your new classmates.
Fall Pre-Orientation Programs
Pre-Orientation programs are a great start to your WUSTL experience. It is your opportunity to work closely with a campus organization or University department, gain valuable leadership skills, get a jump start on getting involved on campus, and meet other students with similar interests.
Learn more about Fall Pre-Orientation Programs
Fall International Students: The Explore Program
New International Students should plan to attend the Explore program sponsored by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).
Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation
Bear Beginnings is a four-day orientation program that assists new students with their academic, personal, social and cultural transition into the Washington University and St. Louis community.
Learn more about Bear Beginnings: Fall Orientation
Winter Welcome: New Student Spring Orientation
Winter Welcome is a four-day orientation program that assists new students with their academic, personal, social and cultural transition into the Washington University and St. Louis community. 
Learn more about Winter Welcome: Spring Orientation
First Year Executive Board
The First Year Center Executive Board is comprised of 12 student volunteers who work for 18 months to create, plan and implement programs and events for new students to ease the transition into Washington University.  They also supervise a team of Washington University Student Associates (WUSAs).
Meet the First Year Center Executive Board
Important Dates

Fall 2013

 

November 27 - December 1
Thanksgiving Break

December 12 - December 18
Final Exams

 

 

Spring 2014

 

January 9 - January 12
Winter Welcome for new students

Monday, January 13
First Day of Classes

Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

March 8 - March 16
Spring Break

Tuesday, April 22
Freshman Finale

May 1 - May 7
Final Exams
 
Friday, May 16
Commencement

 

Fall 2014

 

Sunday, August 17
Pre-Orientation Move-In Day

Thursday, August 21
New Student Move-In Day
Bear Beginning Begins
7:30p.m.: Convocation

Monday, August 25
First Day of Classes

Monday, September 1
Labor Day - No Classes

October 10 - October 12
Parent & Family Weekend

Friday, October 17
Fall Break - No Classes

November 26 - November 30
Thanksgiving Break

December 8 - December 17
Final Exams