Parent & Family Resources

Parent and Family Weekend

Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Experience WashU. Explore St. Louis. Stay Connected.

Registration for Parent & Family Weekend will open on September 1, 2017.
Registration and Ticket Purchasing
Registration for Parent & Family Weekend will open on September 1, 2017 at 3:00pm CST.
The deadline for online registration is Friday, October 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM CST. Additionally, we are unable to process refunds after 3:00 PM CST Friday, October 13, 2017. You will be able to register on-site at the Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Center. Event tickets may be available in limited quantities and some events may be sold out.
Schedule of Events
The 2017 Parent and Family Weekend schedule will be available on September 1, 2017. It will be very similar to the 2016 schedule.
​​​​​​​​​A print copy of the schedule will be provided to you when you check-in for the weekend on campus.
Many of our events begin as early as 9:00 AM on Friday.  We encourage you to consider arriving in St. Louis on Thursday evening in order to take full advantage of all of our programs and events. 
**Please note that some of the programs and events listed in the schedule are sponsored by student organizations.  Student organizations have the option to publish these events in our schedule and coordinate the ticket purchasing process through the First Year Center; however, not all chose to do so.  Additionally, some student groups choose to host student-only events over Parent & Family Weekend. 

Attending Classes
At check-in, we will provide you with a list of courses that are available to observe on Friday; however some of those classes may have scheduled exams.  Feel free to attend classes with or without your student.
Please note, very few classes are offered on Friday after 2:00 PM.  If attending classes interests you, please plan accordingly.  Another note, at Washington University, classes begin 10 minutes after their published start time.  For example, a 10:00 AM class does not begin until 10:10 AM, this allows our students to travel between academic buildings.

Religious Services 

Undergraduate Admissions
 For families bringing prospective students to campus during Parent and Family Weekend, there are available admissions activities during Parent & Family Weekend. 

 Undergraduate Admissions​ encourages any family bringing a prospective student in 9th grade or higher to  register in advance through their online scheduler​ or by calling their office at (314) 935-6000. 
 The First Year Center will also be leading tours for families interested in learning more about campus in  general during Parent and Family Weekend.

Planning Your Visit: Arrival, Travel and Parking Information

Arrival and Check-in
Many of our programs begin early on Friday morning.  We encourage you to arrive on Thursday evening in order to participate in many of our programs and events.
We ask that families check in at the Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Center to pick up your schedule, any event tickets and your Parent & Family Weekend gift.  The Welcome Center will be open on Friday, from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM and on Saturday from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.
Hotel Information
Parking for Parent & Family Weekend pass is free in all areas of campus with the exception of RED zones. No parking passes are needed, however you must pay for any metered spaces as posted.
Convenient parking is available in front of Brookings Hall, where most off-campus tours will depart from. You may also park in the Danforth University Center Parking Garage.  
Accessibility Information
If a guest attending Parent & Family Weekend requires a wheelchair, please contact Medical West at 314-725-1888. We are unable to provide wheelchairs to attendees on campus. If you have additional accessibility concerns, please contact our office.
Planning Your Visit: Coordinating with Your Student

Planning around Fall Break

Fall Break occurs the weekend prior to Parent & Family Weekend 2017. Please note students will have Fall Break from Friday, October 13 through Monday, October 16, 2017. If you are planning to visit for Parent & Family Weekend (October 20-22, 2017), please encourage your student to stay in St. Louis and take advantage of the many opportunities available to them. Student organizations, the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and other campus entities will offer opportunities to explore St. Louis, develop leadership skills, and get to know other students during this time. 

Planning around class sessions and coursework

Please note that classes are still in session on Friday. Many classes will be available for you to observe, however some classes may have scheduled exams, presentations, or projects, and your student will need to attend their classes that day.

We suggest that you check with your student ahead of time regarding their homework and study schedule for the weekend. It is possible your student may have exams, presentations, or projects the week following Parent & Family Weekend.

Unfortunately, the First Year Center is unable to guarantee the availability of your student based on his or her own academic and co-curricular schedule. Please discuss your student's plans with him or her prior to planning your weekend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent & Family Weekend is sponsored by the First Year Center. Is it just for families of first year students?

Although the First Year Center coordinates Parent & Family Weekend, families of students in all classes attend the weekend. The majority of programs and events are for any and all family members and students. Additionally, the First Year Center supports family members throughout a student’s entire Washington University career.

One of the tours I would like to go on is sold out. Can I still attend?

After advance ticket sales have concluded or an event has sold out, we encourage you to stop by the Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Center on Friday or Saturday to see if there are available tickets. In limited situations, some family members are not able to attend an event and will inform us. At that time we will be able to provide updated information about availability of tickets.

I can no longer go on a tour or to an event. Who should I notify?

If you know you are no longer able to attend an event before Friday, we ask that you email us at to let us know you will no longer be in attendance. This will allow us to update capacities and offer a ticket to other interested individuals. Please note we are not able to process refunds after Friday, October 21st. If you arrive to campus and are no longer able to attend an event or tour, we ask that you stop by the Parent & Family Weekend Registration (Mallinckrodt Center, ground floor) or send an email to

I have a family member that will need a wheelchair or additional accommodations during the weekend. How do I prepare for this?

If a guest attending Parent & Family Weekend requires a wheelchair, please contact Medical West at 314-725-1888. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide wheelchairs to attendees on campus. If you have additional accessibility concerns, please contact our office.​​​​