Bear Beginnings is a nine-day orientation program that assists new students with their academic, personal, social and cultural transition into the Washington University and St. Louis community.
Bear Beginnings 2019 is Saturday, August 17th – Sunday, August 25th. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 26th. More detailed schedules will be provided closer to Bear Beginnings.
Move-In Day and Family Programming
Saturday, August 17th
Students will move into their residence halls and participate in Convocation, the official academic welcome to the University in the evening.
Sunday, August 18th
Students will become more acquainted with their residential college. Parents and families can look forward to programming specific to their needs and bid farewell to their students!
Academic Division Orientation
Monday, August 19th, Tuesday, August 20th, and Wednesday, August 21st
Students will connect with their peers in their academic colleges, get oriented with degree requirements and resources, and explore exciting opportunities. In the evening, all-Class traditions and programs will take place.
Thursday, August 22nd, Friday, August 23rd, and Saturday, August 24th
Students will participate in one of several Immersive Experiences with a group of their peers. The Immersive Experience programs include arts & culture, civic and community engagement, innovation and entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Get Ready for Classes
Sunday August 25th
Take time to prepare for classes tomorrow morning!
First Day of Classes
Monday, August 26th
Kick of your WashU career by heading out to your classes. Be sure to stop by the Underpass to participate in a First Day tradition
Bear Beginnings is the signature orientation program for new students. By participating in Bear Beginnings, students will:
Understand the academic expectations and intellectual community at Washington University
Identify choices and behaviors that may impact their peers and their community
Know how to access information about campus resources that will help them to be successful inside the classroom
Know how to access information about co-curricular opportunities
Connect to faculty, administration, staff, or a current student
Meet other new students and begin to identify a peer group
Feel prepared for their first week of classes.
Feel connected to and pride for WashU, their school or college, and their residential college.
Identify social and cultural opportunities and resources in the St. Louis community