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, gain valuable leadership skills, get a jump start on getting involved on campus, and meet other students with similar interests. You also will be able to move in early and begin to learn the ins and outs of Washington University’s campus before Bear Beginnings.​​​

Program List | Registration | Fees & Scholarships |  Arrival & Move-In Information |  Parent & Family Members

The 2016 Program List will be available on March 1, 2016.

image2015 Program List

There are 17 different Pre-Orientation Programs.

  • As Seen on WUTV
  • The Burning Kumquat: St. Louis Urban Farms by Bike
  • Campus Comedy
  • Campus Y: L.A.U.N.C.H.: Learning and Understanding New Challenging Horizons
  • Connect 4
  • Connections in Research & Health
  • EnDesign
  • Freshman Press
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • KWUR: Adventures in Radioland
  • Leadership Through Service
  • Slam Poetry: Louder than a Grenada
  • Start Up (W)U
  • Student Union: Lead Wash U
  • Wilderness Project
  • World of Politics
  • WU Impact: Exploring Leadership for Women
Click here for detailed information about each program including a detailed description and cost. 


Registration for fall 2015 is now closed.  Pre-Orientation registration for fall 2016 will open on May 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM CST.

There are programs that will fill quickly, so register as soon as possible. Some popular programs will fill within the first hour.  Please do not make travelling arrangements to campus until you have received a confirmation that you have registered for a program.  

Students may request to be on a waiting list for any program, but may not be registered for a second program at the same time.

International students who are participating in the Explore program are expected to attend a Pre-Orientation program.  You will register for your preferred program through the International Office when you register for the Explore Program for International Students.  Please do not submit an application through the First Year Center.  For more information, visit the Office for International Students and Scholars website. 


Cancellations & Refunds

imageFees & Scholarships
Pre-Orientation programs require a separate fee that is charged directly to your tuition account. The fees are different based on the program you choose and range from $235 to $400. The Pre-Orientation fee related to each program includes the early arrival into Residential Life housing, meals, and all program-related costs.


A limited number of scholarships are available to students with demonstrated financial need.  Each program has at least one scholarship while some have multiple.  The scholarship would cover all or a portion of the program fee including housing, meals, and all program-related costs.  We are not able to cover the cost of travel to the Washington University in St. Louis campus.  If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please make sure to check the appropriate box on the Pre-Orientation registration form.  Priority will be given to students that complete the registration form by Friday, May 13, 2016.  The First Year Center will contact individuals within 10 business days of completing the registration form to confirm if they were selected to receive a scholarship.  You are able to cancel your registration without penalty if you do not receive a scholarship and send a written message to the First Year Center at firstyearcenter@wustl.edu by July 15, 2016.  If you cancel after this deadline, or do not attend Pre-Orientation, your student account will be assessed the full fee.

imageCancellations & Refunds

If you need to cancel your Pre-Orientation registration, you must send a written message to the First Year Center by July 15, 2016 in order to receive a full refund.  If you choose to cancel after July 15, 2016, any full or partial refund is up to the discretion of the individual Pre-Orientation Program.


imageArrival & Move-In Information
Pre-Orientation program participants will arrive on Sunday, August 21, 2016 and move into their assigned Residence Hall room for the year (*Except Wilderness Project, see below).

If you are arriving by plane, a free shuttle from St. Louis Lambert Airport will be provided every 30 minutes from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.  First Year Center staff will be at the airport assisting with arrival.

If you are arriving by car, First Year Center staff will greet you at the entrance to the South 40, on Shepley Drive, and give you directions for check-in, unloading and long-term parking.

Pre-Orientation programs will begin between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 21, 2016* and will conclude on Wednesday evening.  Please allow enough travel time for you to arrive on campus and settle into your residence hall room before you meet your counselors for welcome activities. The mail room will be open on Sunday from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM if you wish to ship your belongings ahead of time and UTrucking will be available that day as well.

Click for detailed, printable information about arrival to campus, including GPS information. ​

*Wilderness Project participants will arrive on Thursday, August 18, 2016.  Students participating in Wilderness Project will not move into their assigned rooms that day.  They will need to ship their belongings or have someone bring them on Move-In Day, Thursday, August 25, 2016.


imageParent & Family Member Information
Students will be incredibly busy during the Pre-Orientation program.  We encourage students to arrive with what they will need for the 3 1/2 day program and have family members bring or ship everything else to arrive on Thursday, August 25, 2016. You may choose to bring all of your belongings on August 21 if you are able; please note, there will be limited move-in assistance on this date. Parent & Family Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, August 25 - Friday, August 26, 2016.