First 40
First 40

First 40

First 40 is a series of fun events and activities on campus and in the community available to new students during their first 40 days at Washington University in St. Louis.

At First 40 events, new students:

  • Connect with fellow students formally and informally
  • Participate in social or cultural activities beyond their classrooms and floors
  • Develop an awareness of opportunities for engagement on campus and in the St. Louis community
2016 Signature Events will be announced summer 2016.

2015 Signature Events

DAY 1 - Monday, August 24
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM 
Location: Underpass 
Day 1 welcomes you to your first day of classes at Washington University in St. Louis! Stop by the underpass for a quick snack and free school supplies on the first day of classes. You can even have a picture taken to send home - priceless!
First Friday/Activities Fair - Friday, August 28
12 PM - 9 PM 
Location: Various Locations 
Celebrate the end of your first week of classes with a series of fun and engaging events. Stop by the Activities Fair to learn about the incredible amount of opportunities available at WashU. 
Visit for more information on First Friday events.
WU in the Loop - Sunday, August 30
11 AM - 2 PM 
Head over to the Loop with your friends and explore all the Loop has to offer!
First Floor Dinner and Night at the Museum - Friday, September 4
7 PM - 11 PM
Location: Missouri History Museum 
Spend a Night at the Museum with your classmates exploring the Missouri History Museum for a night of fun-filled activities. Play games, watch student dance performances, listen to the music of WUSTL a cappella, and laugh to the comedic stylings of improv groups. Eat dinner with your floor before heading to the Museum at First Floor Dinner.
Symphony on the South 40 - Monday, September 14
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Location: outside Bear’s Den 
Hear the sweet sounds of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra right outside your door on the South 40! Student performances open this evening of incredible music.
Saturday in the Park - Saturday, September 26
12 PM - 4 PM 
Location: South 40 Clocktower (shuttles will circulate from campus through the park) 
Head over to discover the vast amount of things to do in Forest Park!
Carnival on the Swamp - Sunday, October 4
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Location: South 40, Swamp 
Enjoy carnival games, food and fun inflatables on the Swamp.
Bike-In Movie - Friday, October 16
7 PM - 10 PM 
Location: Forest Park, Art Hill 
Walk or bike to Forrest Park with your friends to watch a movie, eat snacks, and relax together.