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A guide for students by students.


A guide for students by students.

Authored by First Year Center Edited by Rosalind Early, Sean Janda ‘14, Katharine E. Pei Designed by Anthony Popeo ‘12 and Jennifer Wessler Photography by WU Photographic Services Cole Bishop ‘14, Rahee Nerurkar ‘14, Bonner Williams ‘16


a guide to the first year at Washington University in St. Louis. Written and designed by students who were in your shoes not too long ago, the pages that follow answer many of the questions you’ve probably had (and even some you didn’t know you had). What should you bring? Where will you eat? What building does your mail go to? How can you get involved? This guide isn’t meant to be studied or memorized, but to be a window into what to expect during your time at WUSTL, and hopefully it excites you for the years, experiences, and adventures to come.



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WELCOME FROM THE FIRST YEAR CENTER Welcome to Washington University! The First Year Center is home to the people and programs that will help ensure a smooth transition into your first year on our campus. We believe that how we welcome people into our community says a lot about who we are as a university. We know that this is both an exciting and sometimes stressful time for you and your families. Our goal at the First Year Center is to help you meet and learn about the many students, faculty, staff, departments, and programs that will become part of your new Washington University family. You will have lots of material to look over before arriving on campus in August — at Washington University we love to send lots of email and old-fashioned snail mail! This book, Bear Facts, is designed to provide one single source of information about your new home. The people who helped design Bear Facts are the people who know our campus best — our students! They were recently new students just like you, so they know what you need to know before you get here and in your first few months on campus. We hope this book is helpful in answering some of the questions you have about Washington University. But don’t feel you have to memorize everything in this book. We have been working hard to get ready for you, and during your first days on campus in August, you will participate in Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation. Teams of Washington University Student Associates (WUSAs), students who serve as orientation leaders and peer mentors, will assist you in getting settled and ready for your first day of class. They will continue to guide you throughout your first year. In addition to the WUSAs, you’ll meet faculty, staff, and student leaders who are ready to help you make the adjustment to college life. Take the time to get to know them. We cannot wait to meet you! Best wishes to all of you as you begin your journey at Washington University.



THE FIRST YEAR CENTER TEAM Rob Wild Associate Vice Chancellor for Students and Dean of the First Year Center Danielle Bristow Director, First Year Center Programs Katharine Pei Assistant Director, First Year Center Programs Michael Toney Coordinator, First Year Center Programs Terri Brennan Department Secretary

WELCOME FROM THE FIRST YEAR CENTER EXECUTIVE BOARD As the 2014 First Year Center Executive Board, we would like to welcome you to Washington University! The First Year Center Executive Board, a group of upperclass students who plan and support events and initiatives for first-year students, is dedicated to helping you make a smooth transition to college life. We are proud to bring you Bear Facts: A Guide for Students by Students. This publication will provide you with information about pre-orientation programs, what to do before arriving on campus in August, what to expect once you get here, the logistics of Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation, placement exams, living and learning at Washington University, and much, much more. We hope that after reading Bear Facts, you will be better prepared for your arrival. For the next four years, Washington University will be your home away from home. You will meet new people, experience what it is like to live on your own, and find your place in the WU community. The most important step in this great journey is to join us in August for Bear Beginnings, where you’ll get to know the campus and the people around you.

We hope you are as excited about Bear Beginnings 2014 as we are, and that you will make the most of your time here. We are here for you, so if there is anything we can do to better your experience or answer questions you may have, please do not hesitate to ask us. For contact information and complete Bear Beginnings details, visit our website at or email us at


Richard Lee, `16 Seoul, South Korea

Jenna Epstein, `16 Atlanta, GA

Zack Panter, `16 Miami, FL

Alex Gould, `16 Short Hills, NJ

Alicia Salvino, `15 Singapore

Nicole Joison, `16 Dallas, TX

Michael Schumeister, `16 Hackensack, NJ

Megan Kawasaki, `16 Los Angeles, CA

Megan Simmons, `16 Bloomfield Hills, MI

Justin Kirtley, `15 Mequan, WI

Shana Zucker, `16 Deerfield, IL

The First Year Center supports new students through their transition into the Washington University community to assure they build and sustain their academic and personal goals. The Center brings together people, programs, and resources to provide an undergraduate experience of exceptional quality where all students are known by name and story and where they prepare themselves for lives of purpose and meaning. FIRSTYEAR.WUSTL.EDU | FIRSTYEARCENTER@WUSTL.EDU | 314.935.5040 Introduction




IMPORTANT DATES The University-wide academic calendar for the 2014–2015 school year, as well as some relevant orientation dates, can be found below. Not included on the schedule are important dates like the Add/Drop deadline (related to course registration). Those dates can be found in course listings available at

SUMMER 2014 June 19 – 21

SOAR: Arts & Sciences

June 23 – 25

SOAR: Arts & Sciences

June 26 – 28

SOAR: Arts & Sciences

June 30 – July 2

SOAR: Business

SOAR: Sam Fox School (Architecture & Art)

July 8 – 10

SOAR: Engineering

July 9 – 11

SOAR: Business

FALL 2014 August 14

Wilderness Project Pre-Orientation Program begins

August 15

International Student Explore Program begins

August 17 – 20

Pre-Orientation programs

August 20

Fall tuition and fees due

August 21

Move-In Day; Bear Beginnings Day 1

August 21 – 22

Parent & Family Orientation

August 25

First day of classes

September 1

Labor Day (No classes)

October 10 – 12

Parent and Family Weekend

October 17

Fall Break (No classes)

November 26 – 30 Thanksgiving Break (No classes) December 5

Last day of classes

December 8 – 17

Reading period and final exams

SPRING 2015 January 12

First day of classes

January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No classes)

March 8 – 14

Spring Break (No classes)

April 24

Last day of classes

April 27 – May 6

Reading period and final exams

May 15

154th Commencement

Download and print a PDF of these dates at


Good move, but avoid making arrangements for Thanksgiving and the end of both semesters until you’ve finalized your course schedule and know when all of your exams, papers, and projects will be for the semester.






BEFORE YOU ARRIVE Welcome to Washington University! We probably aren’t the first to welcome you to campus, and we certainly won’t be the last. The entire campus is excited about your arrival to our community this August. While Move-In Day is still an entire summer away, there are many important action items you need to complete before you arrive on campus. On page 11 you will find a comprehensive list of all the “to-do” items you should be completing and considering this summer. Some of these action items pertain to contacting your new roommate, using your new WUSTL email, familiarizing yourself with Wash U’s important websites, and connecting to communities on campus prior to August. Some items, such as placement exams, alcohol education, course registration, and the academic integrity module, are mandatory. We know that the summer is time for family, friends, and hopefully a fun adventure or two, but it is important you complete the checklist so you can start college on the right foot. Try to do one or two items each week, and you will be done in no time. Don’t hesitate to contact the First Year Center (firstyearcenter@ or 314.935.5040) if you have any questions about the to-do list — we are here all summer preparing for your arrival and are happy to help. Stay in touch! Be sure to follow the First Year Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates and reminders throughout the summer and into the school year.


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SECTION CONTENTS ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

New Student Checklist Freshman Student Registration Purchasing Course Books Transfer Student Registration Connecting with the University Preparing for Registration Summer To-Do Items Packing for College Shipping to Campus A Note for Parents and Family Members Pre-Orientation Letters from Home

NEW STUDENT CHECKLIST This checklist includes a list of actions you need to complete prior to arriving to campus in August. It is organized by month and prioritized by level of importance. Urgent items must be completed in order for you to be prepared for the start of classes. Many items pertain to course registration, on-campus living, and forms you need to complete.

Strongly recommended items will help to ease your transition in August and aid your participation in on- and off-campus activities.

Things to consider will cover broader topics that will help you connect to the Wash U community and have the most successful Wash U experience. MAY Urgent ** Activate your WUSTL Key, your online login, which will give you access to many important University websites including email and course registration ** Activate your GOWUSTL email account and learn about how to best utilize it; all communication from the University will be routed to this email account ** Familiarize yourself with how to register for classes in your academic division ›› Information for all five colleges and schools is under the Get Ready for School tab at

Strongly Recommended ** Consider Attending SOAR ** Bookmark the First Year Center website,, for important updates ** Know important dates  Move-In Day: Thursday, August 21st* *Students participating in a Pre-Orientation program, athletics, and some named scholarship programs will arrive prior to this date Fall classes begin: Monday, August 25th  Parent & Family Weekend: Friday, October 10th to Sunday, October 12th ** Book hotel rooms for Parent & Family Orientation ›› Thursday, August 21st – Friday, August 22nd ** Develop a plan to get yourself and your belongings to campus

Download and print a PDF of this list at

Things to consider ** Sign up to attend a Pre-Orientation Program ** Join other incoming students in the Class of 2018 or Transfer and Exchange Facebook groups ** Follow the First Year Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

JUNE Urgent ** Familiarize yourself with WebSTAC, your online resource to access course registration, housing information, billing statements, and more ** Complete forms for your academic division  College of Arts & Sciences: Focus/Freshmen seminar
  School of Engineering & Applied Science: Area of interest form  Olin Business School: Biographical information form  Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts: Emergency contact card ** Send a picture to Campus Card Services for your WUSTL ID; your ID will give you access to campus buildings and serve as your meal card ** Take any necessary online Placement Exams Calculus Placement Chemistry Diagnostic  Foreign Language: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin* *Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian will be taken on campus during Bear Beginnings

Strongly Recommended ** Understand how to complete the Registration Worksheet on WebSTAC ** Visit the Student Technology Services (STS) website and read the New to WashU pages Before You Arrive


JULY Urgent ** Read the First Year Reading Program book that will be sent to you this summer ** Complete the Academic Integrity module via Blackboard ** Contact your peer advisor (Sam Fox)

Strongly Recommended ** Read Bear Facts
 ** Sign up for a U-Pass, a free transit card for St. Louis public transportation (lightrail and bus)
 ** Check for your housing assignment on WebSTAC

Things to Consider ** Log in to Portfolio at and start investigating organizations you might like to join once you are on campus. ** Contact your roommate to discuss expectations and decide who is bringing certain amenities


Strongly Recommended ** Become familiar with the Residential Life policies and procedures ** Become familiar with the Judicial Code ** Pack your belongings in boxes or plastic bins and use painter’s tape to label them with your name, building, and room number. Remember you will be carrying these bins, boxes, or other items up several flights of stairs — make them light and easy to carry ** V  isit to become familiar with the resources and information available ** Add money to your Bear Bucks account, a cashless system on your WUSTL ID card that can be used to make purchases on and off campus ** Confirm your AP, IB, and transfer credits were sent to the University ** Register for CarShare, a St. Louis car-sharing program ** Share your student account billing statement with your parents or family members ** Transfer your prescriptions to the WU Pharmacy
 ** Bring a long coaxial cable to connect your TV in your room ** Notify Dining Services if you have special dietary concerns

Urgent ** Verify that your email address and cell phone number are correct in WebSTAC in case of emergencies ** Add the Washington University Police Department phone number to the contacts in your phone: 314.935.5555 ** Complete the online alcohol education module, submit health forms, and educate yourself about health insurance requirements at ** Pack all computer extras: cables, software, CDs, manuals, and be sure you have the phone number of the vendor of your computer (such as Apple or Dell) ** Register your bike through WUPD at

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? If Bear Facts doesn’t answer them, check our website, give us at call at 314.935.5040, or send an email to



Things to Consider ** Download the WUSTL Mobile app (for a campus map, dining information, course listings, and more!) ** Have your parents and/or family members sign up for Family Ties, a quarterly e-newsletter ** Consider how you want to get involved in the campus community ** Talk to your parents and family members about expectations ** Discuss a communication plan with your family and friends at home ** Establish a budget ** Consider purchasing a data backup service and/or an external hard drive as additional insurance against data loss ** Make a bucket list of all the exciting things you want to do in St. Louis over the next four years ** Purchase a 25 ft. Ethernet cable for connecting your computer in your room if you don’t want to use wi-fi.

FRESHMAN STUDENT REGISTRATION IN-PERSON REGISTRATION SOAR: SUMMER ORIENTATION ADVISING REGISTRATION Register for SOAR at Registration closes one week before the program begins. Program capacities are limited, so register as soon as possible to get your preferred date.

This on-campus, three-day, overnight experience includes meeting with an advisor and registering for classes, getting to know upperclass student leaders, exploring campus and the St. Louis community, as well as meeting some of your new classmates. Each academic division hosts a program over the summer.


The $275 cost for the program includes overnight accommodations in a residence hall, bedding and towels, all meals, and program and off-campus experiences; the fee is billed directly to your tuition account. Transportation to and from campus is not included.

College of Arts & Sciences ›› Thursday, June 19 – Saturday, June 21 ›› Monday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 25 ›› Thursday, June 26 – Saturday, June 28 Olin Business School ›› Monday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 2 ›› Wednesday, July 9 – Friday, July 11 Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts: College of Architecture and College of Art ›› Monday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 2 School of Engineering & Applied Science ›› Tuesday, July 8 – Thursday, July 10

Some financial assistance may be available, up to 50 percent of the cost of the program. This financial assistance is determined with the help of Student Financial Services. Please contact Terri Brennan at or 314.935.5040 for details.

REMOTE REGISTRATION We know from experience that not all incoming students are able to attend a SOAR session. If you are not able to attend a SOAR program, you will receive information from your academic division this summer about registering for classes prior to your arrival in August.

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES If you are an Arts & Sciences student who is unable to attend SOAR or the Freshman Summer Academic Program (FSAP), you will be emailed the name of your four-year advisor in mid-June. After completing the pre-registration steps at, you will contact your advisors to arrange a time to discuss your academic interests and fall course options. After this discussion, advisors will approve you to be able to register for classes beginning July 10


Each academic division at WUSTL has a different registration process.


All incoming business students will be assigned an academic advisor and an Olin Peer Ambassador (OPA). If you are not able to attend SOAR or FSAP over the summer, you should expect to receive registration materials, be contacted by your academic advisor and OPA, and register for classes. All students will submit an online bio form and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Olin Business School by visiting For questions about advising or registration issues, contact Lanna Skadden,, and feel free to ask your OPA for more information.

Before You Arrive


SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN & VISUAL ARTS: ARCHITECTURE & ART You can expect to receive a registration packet in the mail in early June. If you are unable to attend SOAR, you will create a tentative schedule using either the Registration Worksheet in WebSTAC or by returning the Course Request Form included in the packet. Course selections are due by July 3. Within three to four weeks, we will create a schedule with your input and, whenever possible, register you for your desired classes and/or sections. We will be in contact with you by telephone or email if we have questions or concerns about your selections. Once registration is complete, you may view your schedule in WebSTAC. Some course adjustments may be made prior to the beginning of classes if Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Washington University Placement Exams require changes.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE The School of Engineering & Applied Science crosses boundaries in research and teaching, as well as providing strong student support and academic advising. Prior to arriving on campus, new students will be assigned a fouryear advisor in Engineering Student Services. During Bear Beginnings, students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty from their academic area of interest for continued academic advising. Over the summer, you should expect to complete and return an academic interest form indicating which major you might want to pursue (please return this form by early June). If you are not able to attend SOAR or FSAP, you will receive an email by July 1 with the name of your four-year advisor in Engineering Student Services and specific information about registering from home. You will review the online registration information thoroughly and contact your four-year advisor for more information or help with questions about course registration for your first year. You will then register for courses online during your assigned registration time set for the third week in July. The online registration information emailed to you by July 1 will cover much of what you will need to know as an incoming engineering student. Information includes descriptions of student groups, communication within the School, AP and transfer credits, as well as what courses are suggested for the different areas of interest within the School of Engineering & Applied Science. For any further questions, students should contact Ron Laue,, Melanie Osborn,, or your four-year advisor who will be happy to answer your questions.



PURCHASING COURSE BOOKS Once you have registered for classes, it’s time to get your books!

WU CAMPUS STORE The WU Campus Store is the most convenient way to purchase your course books. It offers course material in several different formats: new, used, rental, and digital. New books are great for students who want a book with no markings or highlighting. For used books, shop early for the best selection. You can save 25 percent off the cost of new books by purchasing used books. If you don’t see any used books on the shelf, go online to to shop the Follett network of stores for a used copy. There are no shipping charges for in-store pickup and the orders usually arrive within 3-5 days depending on availability. The most popular way to purchase course materials is to rent. Renting is easy to do through the Campus Store or online at Many, but not all books are rentable. You may highlight and make notations in a rented book and check it back in when you’re finished or you can purchase it. If you have questions about textbook rental, go to and search text rental. Digital books are also a popular option. To see if a book is available digitally, check the course shelf tag. Digital books can offer savings of up to 60 percent off the cost of new.

TRANSFER STUDENT REGISTRATION Registration procedures vary depending on which academic division you are entering. You will be contacted by your academic advisor to register for classes over the summer.

CONNECTING WITH THE UNIVERSITY There are many ways that the University will communicate with you about important details related to items such as grades, housing, billing, etc. This section outlines the different ways you can connect digitally with Wash U.

Use your email! It’s very important that you start using your WUSTL email address once you have it. It’s the main way you’ll receive a lot of information from the University.

PRIVACY The privacy of your student records is protected by law under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Certain pieces of “directory information” on your record may be publicly available, such as your address and phone number, unless you have placed an information restriction on your record, which is your option under the law.

WUSTL KEY Your WUSTL Key is the set of login credentials you’ll use to access WebSTAC and many other WUSTL online services. All entering freshmen and transfer students receive notification in the summer from the University Registrar with information about WebSTAC, their WUSTL Key, and their University email address. You should have already received communication from the University Registrar to set up your accounts. If you have not, please contact them at

WEBSTAC WebSTAC is an online Wash U platform where you register for courses, see your grades, check your meal plan points and Bear Bucks activity, and much, much more! Using WebSTAC tools, you can add and drop classes, check grades, and request an official transcript, as well as review billing information and access Dining Services, Campus Card, and Residential Life program sites. You will need WebSTAC to register for classes, so we have provided a tutorial below. It’s important you understand this vital tool, so if you have any additional questions or concerns, check out WebSTAC’s online help. To get to WebSTAC go to and log in using your WUSTL Key and password.

There is a great WebSTAC tutorial on YouTube that will teach you a lot about its uses and functionality. Visit YouTube and search “WUSTL WebSTAC.”

This is the WebSTAC homepage. Unless you already used your WUSTL Key to log into the network from a different University website, you’ll see this page when you visit. Before You Arrive


Once you’ve logged in, an overview of all your University-affiliated information is available. The menu below also expands enabling you to keep track of your classes, billing records, housing information, activity on your campus card, and more. You should definitely take some time to explore the different menus and see how WebSTAC works.

COURSE LISTINGS To view course listings, click Courses and Registration, then Course Listings from the expanded menu. This will launch a window, like the one below, which allows you to browse all courses offered by the University in a few different ways. The easiest way to look at the offerings is by picking a semester, school, and department from the Course Listings home page. For more advanced options, click on the By Semester search item in the menu. From there you can search for courses by attributes, days, and times.

REGISTRATION WORKSHEET Under Courses and Registration click Registration Worksheet to launch a window that can help you prepare for registration and plan out your course schedule for the upcoming semester. This is a great tool for keeping track of classes you’re interested in taking, seeing what your day-to-day schedule will be like, and organizing a discussion about your course choices with your academic advisor.




This summer, you will use Blackboard to complete your Academic Integrity module and math placement exam.

Another key Washington University website is Blackboard, a coursecontent management tool that instructors use to make information about classes available online. By using your WUSTL key ID and password, you can log on to Blackboard at to check out class descriptions, calendars, syllabi, and assignments for some of your classes. Instructors may also use Blackboard to keep students updated on their grades and changes to the course. Information about each of your courses will not appear unless the instructor has set up the course site and made it available. Student Technology Services recommends Firefox or Chrome as the best browsers to use when accessing Blackboard. How-to guides that will help you perform many tasks, from checking grades to completing assignments, are available at, and Frequently Asked Questions may be viewed at under Blackboard for Students.



Portfolio is one of Wash U’s newest online tools, and provides an electronic record of your involvement in student groups, leadership positions, community service, internships, awards, research, employment, and many other activities. Portfolio allows you to record your experiences from first year through senior year and can create a customizable document that can be used to support your academic transcripts when you apply for jobs, graduate school, internships, awards, scholarships, and grants. It can be shared with people who are writing recommendation letters for you. Portfolio also houses the most up-to-date list of student organizations.

Before You Arrive


PREPARING FOR REGISTRATION AP/IB/TRANSFER CREDITS Washington University generally accepts AP scores of a 4 or 5 for credit. Some departments will give you credit based solely upon your AP score, whereas other departments give “contingency credit” based upon your AP score and completion of a higher level course. Questions regarding International Baccalaureate (IB) and credit for collegelevel course work should be referred to your school’s registrar to determine appropriate placement and credit.

PLACEMENT EXAMS Students interested in taking math, foreign language classes, or general chemistry at Wash U are required to take placement exams. Most of these exams can be taken online during the summer.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT Unless you will be starting a language you have never studied before, you must take a foreign language placement exam. For students who are interested in pursuing the study of French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish, information about the placement exams is available online at the First Year Center website, Students need to complete the placement exams prior to registering for classes. For students who are interested in pursuing Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Persian, and Russian, the placement exams will be administered on campus during Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation in August. Detailed information will be provided when you arrive to campus.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY DIAGNOSTIC EXAM Students who plan to take general chemistry at Washington University are required to take the general chemistry online diagnostic exam prior to August 15th. The two-hour timed exam is available online, You will need your six-digit WU student ID to access this website but no password is required. The web page also includes a series of tutorials for review, as well as practice problems and quizzes. It is recommended you review these materials before taking the online exam.



Be sure to write down the scores of your placement exams and have them available when registering for courses.

If registering on campus during SOAR or another summer program, complete online placement exams prior to your arrival. Be sure to save your placement score and bring it with you to your registration appointment. For all other students, be sure you complete the exam before your remote summer registration date. See pages 13-14 in Bear Facts for more information about registration for your specific academic division.

MATH PLACEMENT Students intending to take calculus at Wash U must take the math placement exam online prior to registering for classes. Students who received a 4 or 5 on the AP exam do not need to take the placement exam. If you plan to attend SOAR, you should take the exam before your summer visit. Otherwise, complete the exam before course registration. Visit for more information and to take the exam. NOTE: This information is for Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, and Business. The School of Engineering & Applied Science has its own writing requirements, which can be found at engineering. aspx.

WRITING PLACEMENT All freshmen should plan to take Writing 1 during their first year of study to satisfy the first-year writing requirement. Students whose records indicate they need to take the Writing Placement Exam will be notified by letter during the summer. Semester placement is determined by the Writing 1 Office and is based on a variety of factors. Students in some first-year programs (e.g., Mind-Brain, Pathfinder) take Writing 1 in the fall, while others (e.g., Text & Tradition) take it in the spring. For more information, about Writing 1 or about writing placement, visit the Writing 1 website, or contact the Writing 1 Office,









OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL Contact your academic advisor

OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL Contact your academic advisor



Before You Arrive


SUMMER TO-DO ITEMS EBILLING STATEMENTS Once you have access to WebSTAC, please invite your parent or family members to view your e-statements. You will need to invite them under Billing Records, Pay/View My Bill, My Profile, then select Invite Other Payer. Your family member will promptly receive an email with an activation code and a link to the parent billing portal. Your family member will also need your student ID number to complete this process. Please note, the parent-billing portal is separate from WebSTAC and only allows them access to your billing information; all other student record information will remain private. For more information regarding eBilling, please visit the FAQ’s page,

Washington University supports a 100% paperless billing environment with instant online access.

STUDENT ID CARDS Your Washington University student identification card may be small in size but it has the power to do many things. Your ID card is not only proof of being a student at Wash U, but it also holds your points for your meal plan, gives you access to buildings and computer labs on campus, and much more! Anytime you want to grab a bite or sit down for a meal with your friends, you’ll swipe your ID card at the checkout line and the points you use will be automatically deducted from your meal plan balance. If you want to check out how many meal points are left on your account, you simply log into your WebSTAC account, and there’s a link to the balance of your individual meal plan. Students also have the option to use their WUSTL ID card for laundry services and snack and beverage purchases at selected vending machines. Students can go online through WebSTAC and add value to their Bear Bucks account at any time. Visit for more information. You will receive your student ID card when you arrive on campus; if you come to a summer program such as SOAR, you will pick up your ID in the summer. If you lose your ID or need it replaced, visit Campus Card Services or contact them at 314.935.8800.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY All incoming students are required to watch and complete a module regarding Academic Integrity via Blackboard. You will receive an email with specific instructions to log in and view the video in mid-July. For more information regarding the University’s commitment to academic integrity and expectations for students, please see page 48.

ONLINE ALCOHOL EDUCATION Each student is expected to take an online alcohol education course before coming to campus in August for Bear Beginnings. This online course provides reliable information for making responsible decisions about alcohol throughout your college experience. Even if you don’t drink, the course can help you navigate peers’ drinking. At the beginning of August, you will receive instructions via postal mail and email about how to log on to the alcohol education course.



Your student ID includes your name, ID number, and a photo of you. This is the card that you make meal point and Bear Bucks transactions with, swipe into your residential hall with, use for print access, etc.


PACKING LIST You don’t need to pack your whole room to come to college, but you’ll want to make sure that you have some odds and ends covered. This list isn’t inclusive, but there are some things we couldn’t live without once we got here. Download and print a PDF of this list at

YOU SHOULD BRING ** Alarm clock ** Backpack ** Calendar ** Calling card or cell phone and charger ** Checkbook/credit card ** Cleaning supplies ** Clothes and shoes that can get dirty (for Service First and other projects you may get involved in) ** Clothes hangers ** Comforter, blankets, and pillows ** Desk lamp ** Dry erase board and markers ** Envelopes and stamps ** First-aid kit ** Flashlight ** Hammer and tools ** Hangers, shoe rack, and plastic hooks ** Health insurance information ** Heavy winter coat ** ID/Driver’s license ** Laundry bag and detergent ** Painter’s tape ** Power strips and extension cords ** Prescription medication(s) ** Reusable grocery totes ** Reusable water bottle ** School supplies ** Shampoo and body wash ** Sheets (twin, extra long) ** Shower shoes and shower caddy ** Small fan ** Toiletries ** Towels (more than one!) ** Trash can ** Umbrella

YOU SHOULD NOT BRING X Air-conditioning units X Candles X Electric appliances with exposed coils X Gas grills or charcoal grills X Guns/weapons X Halogen lamps X Hot plates X Incense X Pets (other than fish) X Toasters X Water beds X Wireless routers

YOU MAY ALSO CONSIDER ** Air freshener ** Bed raisers ** Bicycle and bike lock ** Board games ** Closet organizers ** Computer or laptop ** Printer (and paper!) ** Cooking utensils ** Decorations for your room ** Desk-chair cushion ** Desk organizer ** Camera ** Ethernet cord ** Extra shelving units, crates, plastic containers, filing cabinet ** Hair dryer ** Headphones ** Iron and ironing board ** Microwave ** Plastic drawers ** Portable vacuum ** Reusable cups, plates, and utensils ** Sewing kit ** Small refrigerator (no larger than 4 cubic feet) ** Sponge and dish soap ** Stereo or computer speakers ** Suit and/or semi-formal attire for special events you may attend ** Television (and DVDs) ** Tissues ** Under-bed storage bins In a standard room, you’ll find: _ Twin bed _ Desk _ Chair

_ Dresser _ Blinds _ Recycling Bin

TIPS ** Talk with your roommate(s) prior to packing so you can avoid bringing duplicate items ** Save the boxes you bring your stuff in for when you have to pack up again in May ** Memorize your room number and campus box number right away ** You can do a lot of shopping after you arrive and have seen your room ** Order items ahead of time from the Bed, Bath & Beyond in your hometown, and pick them up in St. Louis! Before You Arrive


SHIPPING TO CAMPUS UPS, Federal Express, and other parcel services deliver to Wash U. You can send packages to your campus address. Remember to include your full address, which varies depending on where you live on campus. See sidebar for guidelines for writing your address.

UTRUCKING, INC., A STUDENT-RUN BUSINESS University Trucking makes the transition from home to school easy. It has been a one-stop shop for student moving needs for more than 35 years. UTrucking offers two unique shipping services for Wash U students:

• East Coast Ship to School: If you live on the East Coast — between Washington D.C. and Boston — UTrucking can pick up your belongings right from your home and deliver them straight to your door at WUSTL.

• Nationwide Ship to School: If you do not live on the East Coast, or if you want to ship items from online retailers, you can send UTrucking your packages using UPS, FedEx, or any other carrier, and it will deliver them straight to your room.

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WHAT’S MY ADDRESS? If you live on the South 40: Name CB ####* 6515 Wydown Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105-2215 If you live on the North Side: Name CB ####* 6985 Snow Way St. Louis, MO 63130-4400 For example: William G. Eliot, Jr. CB 0000 6985 Snow Way St. Louis, MO 63130-4400 *Your campus box (CB) number can be found with your housing assignment on WebSTAC.

The time before coming to campus is both stressful and exciting; the transition to college introduces many changes to your daily life as a student and young adult. Try to picture all of the emotions you are feeling at this moment and multiply them by some variable A (for anxiety), and you might start to understand just how your parents are feeling. As Karen Levin Coburn, senior consultant in residence and co-author of Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, explains, “The summer before college is an exciting time, but it can also be a time of high stress. There is a desire for more freedom among incoming students, and this can lead to tension in the family. As the summer progresses, students often feel pulled between spending time with friends and time with family. They may also feel pressured by all the decisions they have to make and all the things on their ‘to-do list’ as the days fly by.” The important thing to remember is that the more your family understands and is made aware of what is going on in your life, the smoother this transition will be. As much as you need your family’s support, they need your support in return. To facilitate an open dialogue between you and your family, Parent Programs publishes the Parent & Family Resource Calendar and the First Year Center plans Parent & Family Orientation to parallel the student orientation program during the first days of your arrival. The calendar will be sent out during the summer, along with other useful information for your family members. In August, Parent & Family Orientation will introduce your family members to the people and resources available for you and will help them get an insider’s view of student life at Washington University. More information, including a tentative Parent & Family Orientation schedule, is available at, so check it out!



IMPORTANT DATES Parent & Family Orientation Thursday, August 21st – Friday, August 22nd Parent and Family Weekend Friday, October 10th – Sunday, October 12th We caught you! That’s right. We know that even though the title of this publication is Bear Facts: A Guide for Students by Students, you, being the loving, interested, and caring family member that you are, have started reading this guide in hopes of gaining a little insight into the changing life of your student. Your motives are perfectly understandable, so rather than stopping you, we invite you to read on including the following comments from us at the FYC regarding what we wish our parents realized when we started at Wash U. Vist the Parent & Family Resource section of Also, be on the lookout for the Parent & Family Resource Calendar, arriving to your house in July.

A MESSAGE TO FAMILY MEMBERS FROM FYC STUDENTS First, you have not lost your teenager. At times, it may feel as though you have, but understanding that your students are simply looking to branch out from home, not separate entirely, is key to understanding them. Second, respect your students. They are in the process of attaining a new level of independence unparalleled in any other time in their lives. Respect that they would like to make their own decisions — offer your input but refrain from mandating things. It’s amazing how many families have argued over what color comforter to purchase, or how often you expect your children to call versus how often they intend on calling. Next, learn from your students. They can teach you things you may have never realized before. Be open to their new experiences, and you may have the delightful experience of learning a thing or two from them. Remember that Washington University is a place with students from everywhere. Therefore, your students will make friends of all backgrounds and beliefs. Listen as they share experiences about new

friends. Support your students’ stepping outside of comfort zones while they are in an environment that encourages this. Try to understand your students’ changes. You are sending them to college to gain knowledge and to experience new things in life. They will grow and learn, and they will change. Sometimes these changes are unexpected; they may change their major three times, and for a while, they might not know what they want anymore. It is important to see them as the people they are becoming, and not as the people they were when they started, or as the people you think they ought to be. Also, keep in mind that family is still important. No matter how far away you are, we students need to know that you still care about us. Your support is incredibly important to our success at school, and we need every ounce of it. Nothing will replace your love and support. Last, send care packages once in a while. We LOVE getting those!

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PRE-ORIENTATION Pre-orientation (pre-o) programs are a great way to start your Wash U experience. It is your opportunity to work closely with a campus organization, gain valuable leadership skills, get a jump start on being involved on campus, and meet other students with similar interests. You will also be able to move in early and begin to learn the ins and outs of Washington University’s campus before the formal orientation program.

Want to attend a Pre-Orientation program? Register by August 1, 2014 at They fill quickly, so register soon!

WHY PRE-O? So you’ve gotten a couple of emails about pre-o, and maybe you heard about the programs from an upperclass student, but why should you really do one?

BENEFITS OF DOING A PRE-ORIENTATION PROGRAM: ›› Fun, exciting way to start out the year ›› Meet friends who share a common interest or passion with you ›› Get to know the campus; and for those off-campus programs, it allows you to see St. Louis and the greater community in which you will be living for the next four years ›› Allows you more time to move in and get settled

Pre-O was a great way to make friends. I had been in school with the same people for six years and was a little nervous about starting college with a class of 1,600+ new students. Pre-O was a way of easing into the transition into college and helped me to find a community before jumping into Bear Beginnings.

– Michael Schumeister 2012 Wilderness Project participant, Class of 2016, College of Arts & Sciences

ARRIVAL LOGISTICS Pre-orientation program participants will arrive on Sunday, August 17, 2014, and move into the residence house room to which they have been assigned for the year. If you are arriving by plane, WUSAs will meet you at Lambert airport and guide you to the free shuttle that will be available for pre-o participants on August 17 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. If you are arriving by car, we will meet you as you enter the South 40 residential area and give you information about parking and unloading your vehicle. Wilderness Project participants will arrive on campus Thursday, August 14. You will need to ship your belongings for your residence house room or have someone bring them on Move-In Day, August 21st, as you will not have access to your room until the 21st.

PARENT AND FAMILY MEMBERS, WHEN SHOULD YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS IF YOU ARE ATTENDING PARENT & FAMILY ORIENTATION? (We know you’re reading!) If your student comes to a pre-orientation program, we encourage you to send him or her ahead with enough necessities to get through the first three days, such as bedding, toiletries, and clothing. The students will be tremendously busy with the programs and won’t have much time, if any, to spend with you. Therefore, we suggest you join us for Parent & Family Orientation from Thursday, August 21st through Friday, August 22nd and assist your student with setting up his or her room on the 21st. More information regarding Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation, including a sample schedule is available on the First Year Center website, Also, be on the lookout for the Parent & Family Resource Calendar that will be mailed to you in July.



INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS You will receive information from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) throughout the summer. Make sure to read everything so you don’t miss important information regarding deadlines and government regulations. International students should plan to arrive before the start date on their I-20s/DS-2019s. New international students are expected to participate in an international orientation program.

EXPLORE PROGRAM New students should plan to attend Explore, an orientation program for new international students. Explore will help you adjust to cultural differences and ease your transition to both the United States and to Washington University. Students participating in the Explore Program should arrive between August 12, 2014 and August 14, 2014. Campus housing will not be available for Explore students arriving before August 12, 2014. For additional information, please visit The Explore Program, which begins on August 15, 2014, includes participation in a Pre-Orientation program. You will register for a Pre-Orientation program (see pages 26–29) at the same time you register for Explore. Please do not submit a separate Pre-Orientation registration form to the First Year Center. This program is mandatory for all international freshmen coming to Washington University from a high school outside the United States. International freshmen coming to Washington University from a high school within the U.S., transfer students, and exchange students are encouraged to take part in this highly beneficial program. For more information, or to register online, visit You can also contact the OISS at 314.935.5910 or

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PRE-ORIENTATION PROGRAMS FOR AUGUST 2014 LIST OF PROGRAMS As Seen On WUTV The Burning Kumquat: Your Food and Where it Comes From Campus Comedy Connections in Research and Health EnDesign Freshman Press

AS SEEN ON WUTV Cost $265 Enrollment 18

Whether you are a filmmaker or just want to be on camera, this is the program for you! In As Seen on WUTV, you'll learn all about media production with WUTV, Wash U's student-run television station. You and your group will write, produce, and star in your very own movie! You will also get to explore St. Louis with trips to the Loop and Forest Park, and you’ll hear from some local media professionals. Most importantly, you'll meet new friends and get settled on campus before orientation begins.

Habitat For Humanity I.D.E.A.: Innovation. Discovery. Experience. Action. KWUR: Adventures in Radioland L.A.U.N.C.H.: Learning and Understanding New Challenging Horizons Leadership Through Service Louder than a Grenada: Spoken Word Poetry STEER-IT: Student Techs Exploring Emerging Resources in Technology Student Union: Leading Wash U Style Wilderness Project World of Politics WU Impact: Exploring Leadership for Women



Cost $215 Enrollment 16

Okay, we don’t grow kumquats. Or burn them. But we are Burning Kumquat, an urban garden on Washington University’s campus founded and run by students. We want to share with you the joy of learning about and living with the land. You’ll work hard, get your hands dirty, and eat the food we grow, all while learning about sustainable agriculture, social responsibility in food practices, and the secrets of life. Traveling by bicycle, we tour other urban farms and sell produce at markets in the St. Louis area. The farm is for Wash U and the surrounding area, and we welcome you to it. Peas and love!


Cost $225 Enrollment 30

Campus Comedy is an interactive, improvisational comedy program designed to introduce you to the performing-arts culture at Wash U. Working in teams, you will practice improvisational and sketch comedy, interact with upperclass students who are involved in theater and improv, learn about the performing arts groups on campus, and showcase your talents in a performance on the final night of the program. Campus Comedy will also help prepare you for improv group auditions at the beginning of the semester and includes several opportunities to explore campus and St. Louis communities.

Ervin Scholars Global Citizenship Program Honorary Scholars Programs Rodriguez Scholars Varsity sports




Are you interested in scientific research, medicine, or another healthrelated field? In this program, you will have the opportunity to meet with and hear presentations from leading physicians and researchers. In addition, you will learn about fields, such as occupational therapy and public health. You will visit and tour portions of the medical campus and travel to the Danforth Plant Science Center, a worldclass plant research facility located in St. Louis. The program includes presentations from faculty experts, hands-on demonstrations, and several small group activities.

ENDESIGN Cost $325 Enrollment 22

Have you ever wanted to design and build your own engineering project? If so, here’s your chance! In EnDesign, you will receive a project proposal and work with a team of students and counselors to design, build, and test your ideas. Have you always wanted to work with power tools? Now you can! The excitement and fun of designing and implementing an engineering project awaits you! Other things to look forward to include visiting local engineering companies and hearing from professional engineers and Wash U professors about the engineering industry and its opportunities. Come experience real engineering!

FRESHMAN PRESS Cost $265 Enrollment 25

Freshman Press is an exciting opportunity for students to jump straight into the world of student journalism. You will get to interact with current members of Student Life, Washington University’s independent newspaper, and with local alumni who work as professional journalists. You will learn about the different sections of the paper and choose what you would like to experience firsthand: reporting news or sports, writing features or arts/ entertainment pieces, crafting editorials, or working in multimedia/photo. You will also gain copy or design experience and produce your own full issue, which will appear as an insert in Student Life’s first paper of the semester.


I.D.E.A. will bring out your inner innovator and entrepreneur! Whether you are interested in art, engineering, business, or the sciences, you’ll explore what you can do with your ideas, how you can start a business, and how you can change the world. You will get to know Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies faculty and staff, as well as members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the St. Louis community. You will learn the tools of entrepreneurship through a visit to a successful St. Louis venture, panel discussions from commercial and social entrepreneurs, a scavenger hunt around St. Louis, and a team presentation at a celebratory IdeaBounce® event.


KWUR 90.3 FM is the University’s entirely student-run, freeform, non-commercial radio station. This program will immerse you in the alternative St. Louis and campus music communities, as well as the KWUR community. You will receive all the necessary training to be eligible for your own radio show in the fall semester; you will not need to go through the normal semester-long training process. The program also includes music-related trips around the greater St. Louis area. If you are serious about becoming a DJ and participating in radio throughout college, then this program is for you.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Cost $225 Enrollment 25

Wash U’s campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity offers a program for students interested in learning more about the struggles of St. Louis’ homeless community, understanding substandard housing, and getting to know a small, but passionate group of students. You will spend four days exploring campus and St. Louis city while learning about community, homelessness, affordable housing, and poverty. If you are interested in service work and Habitat for Humanity, this program will give you a great opportunity to get involved on campus and in the community before you even have your first class as a student at Wash U!


New perspectives, new friends, new beginnings, and new horizons! Join us for three days and two nights at Camp Lakewood, a beautiful 350-acre lake and resort in the foothills of the Ozarks, just two hours from Wash U’s campus. While at LAUNCH, you will participate in group activities, interactive workshops, team building activities, and a community service project, and you will have free time to enjoy the amenities at Camp Lakewood. Not only is LAUNCH Wash U’s largest pre-orientation program but it is also Wash U’s oldest and the one with the most traditions. Come join us, and become part of the LAUNCH tradition!

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Leadership Through Service (LTS) offers a rare opportunity to explore and serve the St. Louis community while acclimating to college life. The program includes daily community service projects, city excursions, inspiring discussions, and amazing memories. Join upperclass counselors eager to support your college transition with a perfect combination of eye-opening experiences and pure fun! You’ll see the “real” St. Louis, deepen your understanding of pressing social justice issues, build a network of like-minded friends, gain a solid connection to the Community Service Office, and learn about opportunities for continued involvement throughout the year. Join the fun as the city becomes your classroom!


Louder than a Grenada: Spoken Word Poetry is a chance to learn about yourself and your peers through spoken word poetry or slam. No experience with slam poetry or creative writing? No problem! This program will give you a chance to learn from and workshop with upperclassmen and then write and perform your own poem, all while meeting new friends and exploring the Wash U campus and the city of St. Louis along the way. In 2011, WU-SLam, Wash U’s premier spoken word poetry group, was ranked the 2nd best college slam team in the nation! Check us out on YouTube: WashU Slam.


Want a fast-paced, hands-on, interactive program geared toward students that have an interest in technology? Then join us for STEER-IT! During our program, you will tear down and rebuild a desktop computer; interact with leaders in the field of information technology; receive mentoring; work with servers and network architecture in a state-of-the-art, dynamic lab environment; and form friendships and bonds with fellow techies. You will also get exposure to the diverse careers offered in technology. It’s your future. Build IT. See IT. Plan IT. STEER IT. A genuine interest in technology is all that is required.




Participating in Student Union: Leading Wash U Style is a great way to get a head start on leadership at Wash U. In this program, you will work side by side with current student leaders to explore and develop your own personal leadership style and enhance your leadership skills. You will also be given the opportunity to get a first-hand look at Student Union by participating in mock Senate and Treasury sessions and planning your own large-scale event. Lastly, you will explore some of St. Louis’ best attractions and oldest districts. All in all, this program will give you a better understanding of your potential leadership roles at both the University and in the surrounding St. Louis community.


Cost $395 Enrollment Hiking: 32, Climbing: 10 In Wilderness Project, you will backpack and rock climb in the beautiful Ozarks for a week. This program serves either to fuel outdoor passion or as a gentle introduction to outdoor recreation. Regardless of your outdoor experience, Wilderness Project will introduce you to a tightly knit community before the school year begins. The program was founded on the philosophy that the natural environment provides a neutral space for facilitating life’s transitions, promoting personal growth, and discussing social issues. Outside the context of everyday routines, you will gain a powerful perspective on your life, your communities, and how you fit into a global society. The project is designed to challenge you to be effective socially and environmentally conscious leaders. No previous backpacking or climbing experience is necessary; however, participants should be capable of carrying a 30–40 pound pack for four to six miles per day throughout the weeklong program.

WORLD OF POLITICS Cost $245 Enrollment 50

Ready to explore political issues during your time at Wash U? Start your first year right with World of Politics! Meet other budding politicos and discover the many ways to pursue your passions on campus and around St. Louis. During this program, you will write for the Washington University Political Review magazine, practice debating in a Model United Nations committee, and learn about the resources available on campus for getting involved with politics and global affairs. Off campus, you will explore the city of St. Louis and hear from guest speakers about the state of both local and national politics.

WU IMPACT: OTHER EARLY ARRIVAL PROGRAMS: EXPLORING LEADERSHIP FOR WOMEN Even if you aren’t attending pre-orientation through the Cost $240 Enrollment 40

WU Impact connects you to a network of peers, upperclass students, and university staff committed to helping you find and develop your passions at Wash U. Sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Experience and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, you will explore the impact women have on campus and in the St. Louis community and gain leadership skills that will help you make a meaningful impact wherever your passions steer you. Join us as we explore St. Louis, learn about the unique skills women bring to organizations, and interact with other Wash U leaders to discuss what it means to be a leader in the world today!

First Year Center, there may be a reason for your early arrival. Other programs that commonly require early arrival are: ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Ervin Scholars Program Global Citizenship Program Honorary Scholars Programs Rodriguez Scholars Program Varsity sports

You should receive individual communication about the above programs. For more information, please contact: ›› Ervin Scholars Program Robyn Hadley, ›› Global Citizenship Program Toni Loomis, ›› Honorary Scholars Programs, including Compton, Mylonas, Moog, and Lien Jennifer Romney, ›› Rodriguez Scholars Program Julia Macias, ›› Varsity sports Please contact your individual coach

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LETTERS FROM HOME SHANA ZUCKER College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 When I think back to leaving for college, I only remember excitement. I was ready for this new chapter. I had gone to school with the same classmates and lived in the same town all my life, and I was looking forward to a change. To be fair, I had plenty of evidence to support my excitement and prevent any anxiety. For starters, my older sister is a student at Wash U. I’d visited campus numerous times, both for tours and to hang out in her suite, and I was familiar with the campus’s layout. I’d already sat in on a few classes and met brilliant and friendly students whom I was excited to call my peers. Additionally, over previous summers, I had attended summer programs at various universities and had formed great relationships with a couple different roommates. While my friends cautioned me that this lucky streak could come to a halt, I insisted that it would continue (and it did). Plus, since I was assigned to the residence hall Park House, a modern building in which three doubles share a common bathroom, I figured that — statistically speaking — the odds were good that I would become friends with at least one of my five new suitemates (I did. We all actually became best friends). Finally, and perhaps most valuably, my sister and I have shared a bathroom our whole lives. Eighteen years of battles over who gets the first shower or who needs to replenish the toilet paper seemed like sufficient preparation for sharing a bathroom with suitemates. The summer leading up to my departure was not anxiety-ridden. Instead, I hung out with friends and started putting aside everything I would need for my new room. I was busy with shopping for sheets or storage containers or whichever item was next on my college shopping list. It definitely helped that, both mentally and materially, I was prepared for school. I knew that my leaving would be hard on my parents. Being the youngest, and the only one living at home for the previous two years, I recognized how hard it must be for them to watch their baby go. Their knowing that my sister would be right across campus if I needed anything definitely assuaged many of their concerns, but the transition was still tough. Before we knew it, it was move-in day, and my parents and I loaded the car and took the five-hour drive to school. In order to avoid getting sad about my moving, my parents busied themselves with helping me set up the best room possible. Together, we unpacked and decorated, and we almost finished it all before my roommate even arrived. When my parents parted with a tearful goodbye, I had no time to feel down — I suddenly had five new suitemates to get to know, a campus to explore, and adventures to be had. My transition into Wash U life was smooth, which reassured my parents. I had a wonderful suite, enjoyed my classes, and got involved in numerous activities. I know that my parents are only a phone call away, and I still (do my best to) call home and share stories. While I know they miss me and greatly appreciate when my sister and I come home for breaks, I also know that they are glad that I’m here.

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MOM’S PERSPECTIVE For me, saying goodbye to each of my children has been wrenching. I started to feel sad at the beginning of their senior years in high school. For a while, I wondered if it was bad to cry in front of them as the year went along. Finally, I’ve come to accept that my tears say to them, “I love you. You come from a tight, close family, and your absence will be felt deeply.” Thinking back to my own experience as a college freshman, I wasn’t sure how my family felt. I was the youngest, and my parents chose not to show any emotion. Perhaps I’ve overcompensated. I wear my feelings for all to see; that’s just me. Shana was excited and ready for this step so that made everything easier. She didn’t seem to have many concerns, so I busied myself with finding the perfect comforter, sheets, and containers. Getting her room ready was fun. Shana is a talented photographer, so we enlarged her photos to poster size and used them to decorate her room and make it feel homier. Shana indulged me and let me rearrange her furniture (or, rather, she and her father moved the furniture) three times until we both agreed on the best setup. I thought I had cried myself out, but there was still a painful lump in my throat as we said good-bye. She settled in quickly and made so many friends. When I saw how happy she was, I was able to step into my new role as an empty nester. It is exciting to watch her thrive and find her passions. I still cherish every phone call and every visit. And even though sending her back to school after each break is tough, I know she is returning to a place of meaningful experiences and friendships.

DAD’S PERSPECTIVE It was August of 2012 and my youngest daughter was going off to college. I had been through it all before — first, when my son left four years earlier and, again, when my older daughter left two years after that — but I knew that this time it would feel different. She would be the last one to leave. After she was gone, my wife and I would be empty nesters. No longer would I need to race home from work to make it to this concert or that school-related banquet. I could actually finish what I was working on before I left the office and not have to stay up into the wee hours of the morning trying to get caught up. Indeed, with no more kids in the house, my wife and I could go see the latest plays that came to town or try the trendy new restaurants. Or that was the theory anyway. The reality is that it is very hard to send your youngest child off to college. To be fair, it was (and is) much more difficult for my wife than me since she was the one that had the more constant interaction with the kids while they were home. Still, when so much of your identity over the past 20-plus years has revolved around your being a “dad,” it is an adjustment to come home at night to a much quieter house. Who would laugh at my corny jokes? Of course, my children heading to college was inevitable and is the way it is supposed to be. I wouldn’t change it even if I could because college is where they get to explore their passions, experience life, and (hopefully) learn skills that will enable them to get a job and become truly independent. In the meantime, I have learned since my youngest daughter left for Wash U that I am still, first and foremost, a dad. I still get to be a part of the most exciting years of their lives. Our interactions are less frequent, but that just makes them sweeter. Do I agree with all of the choices they make? No. Do I want to know everything they are up to while they are at school? Certainly not. What I want is for them to take advantage of everything that a school like Wash U has to offer and come out transformed into independent, thoughtful, productive members of society. At that point, the nature of my relationship with my kids will change yet again; we will be at that next stage. But I’m not going to worry about that now. For now, I am just going to focus on being their dad. Before You Arrive





MOVE-IN & BEAR BEGINNINGS So your luggage and boxes are packed, blue tape across the front of each piece with your residence hall and room number labeled clearly in Sharpie. You had your final meal at your favorite restaurant with friends and family and hugged the family pet goodbye. It is time to set out on your journey to campus, and we know you have a lot of questions… “How will I know what to do when I get to campus? Where is my residence hall located on the South 40? Am I going to get lost? How am I going to get my TV and 10 boxes of clothes up to my room on the third floor? Who will I eat dinner with the first night my family is gone? How am I going to be ready for classes? What books should I buy?” Don’t worry! The First Year Center, the Office of Residential Life, your academic division, and the entire Washington University community are ready to answer all of your questions and help you every step of the way. This section will give you step-by-step instructions on how to get to campus, how to navigate Move-In Day, and what Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation has to offer as you prepare for learning and life on campus.



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Move-In Day Making the Most of Bear Beginnings A Snapshot of Your First Few Days Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation People You Will Meet Life after Bear Beginnings

MOVE-IN DAY We at the First Year Center think that Move-In Day at Washington University is one of the most exciting days of the year. We know you are nervous about the days ahead, but we have been preparing for your arrival all summer! Move-In Day is your chance to get settled into your room; finally meet your roommates, your RA, and your WUSA; eat in Bear’s Den; pick up some great giveaways by the Clock Tower; have your first official floor meeting; and chant your way to Convocation.

GETTING TO CAMPUS Washington University is easily accessible by car, plane, train, and public transportation. You’ll want to talk with your family this summer to plan out what the best way for you to arrive will be. Detailed instructions and directions for arrival by car, plane, train, or MetroLink are available at


Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:30 AM

DRIVING TO CAMPUS FOR MOVE-IN DAY If you are using a GPS, be sure to use one of the following addresses to get to the right location on campus: If you’re living on the South 40, you’ll want directions to: 1 Shepley Drive Clayton*, MO 63105

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is about a 20-minute drive from campus and connects you with major cities across the country. The airport is served by Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways, along with some smaller carriers.

If you’re on the North Side, you’ll want directions to:

You can get to campus by either MetroLink or car.

NOTE: On Move-In Day, you must enter the South 40 via Shepley Drive from Big Bend Boulevard. The South 40 entrance from Wallace Drive is closed on Move-In Day. The Wydown Boulevard entrance is always closed. Your GPS may not reflect this.

TRAIN Union Station serves as a connection point for Amtrak, making it easy to reach Chicago and Kansas City. The station is about 15 minutes east of campus in downtown St. Louis.

CAR Whether you’re driving from your house (wherever that may be) to Wash U or coming from the airport, campus is easy to get to by car. Located just off of I-64, Washington University’s suburban location is very car friendly and many parking areas are located across campus. You can park anywhere on campus while Bear Beginnings is in session, so you won’t need to worry about a parking pass unless you are a commuter or transfer student with a parking pass. You cannot, however, park in a red-zone spot at any time.

6985 Snow Way University City*, MO 63130

*Some navigation systems may also recognize Saint Louis or St. Louis as the city for both of the above addresses, but these are the official names of the cities Wash U is in.

ARRIVING TO CAMPUS Although the residence halls will officially open at 8:30 AM, we encourage you to consider coming a little later in the morning. MoveIn Day often leads to heavy traffic. We do our best to keep lines moving and make your arrival as smooth as possible, but please be prepared to wait in traffic prior to turning onto campus. Arriving later may allow for a shorter wait time. When turning onto Shepley Drive from Big Bend Boulevard, you will be immediately greeted by staff who will give you directions about where and how to unload your vehicle. At your unloading zone, a team of students will help unload your car and assist you in moving all of your belongings to your room. As soon as your car is unloaded, we ask that the driver park in a more permanent space on campus.

In order to have the smoothest move possible, we suggest you pack all belongings in boxes or plastic bins. Label each box or bin with your name, residential college building, and room number.

Move-In & Bear Beginnings



This garage will offer some shortterm parking on Move-In Day.


This garage will also offer some shortterm parking on Move-In Day.


The Wallace Drive entrance is closed on move-in day.

Shepley Drive (one-way travel, west to east)

Wydown Boulevard (two-way travel)

Wallace Drive (two-way Travel)

Big Bend Boulevard (two-way travel)

Forsyth Boulevard (two-way travel)

Foot Path to main Cam pus

Living on the South 40? On Move-In Day, you’ll enter from Big Bend Blvd. and proceed through the check-point where you’ll receive directions to the unloading zone for your residential college.

The Wydown Boulevard entrance is closed on move-in day.

PARKING After unloading your vehicle, we encourage the driver to park in the lot east of Brookings Hall as this is where events will end Thursday evening. For the duration of Bear Beginnings and Parent & Family Orientation, you will not need a parking permit, and you are allowed to park in any space available on campus except for designated red parking spaces. If you park at a meter, you must pay for parking. Freshmen living on-campus are not permitted to have cars. This regulation is taken very seriously and violations will have grave implications. For more information, visit

CHECK-IN Check-in is located in the lobby of your residence house. Please be sure to bring a photo ID. At check-in, you will receive your Bear Beginnings packet, which includes the orientation schedule, your student ID and your U-Pass (a city public transportation pass). You will also receive your room key and other important information and documentation from the Office of Residential Life. Don't forget to pick up your shirt for Convocation! OK, you have settled into your room — now what? Get ready for an amazing four days of Bear Beginnings!



FRESHMEN If you are living on the South 40, you must enter campus via Shepley Drive, located off of Big Bend Boulevard. Freshman check-in will be located in the lobby of your residential college. For details, visit TRANSFERS Transfer students living on the South 40 will check in at Residential Life, located in the South 40 House. If you are living in the Village House, Village East, Lopata House, Millbrook apartments, or in off-campus Residential Life buildings, check-in will be located on the north side of campus in the Village House living room. You must enter campus via Snow Way Drive, located off of Big Bend Boulevard. For details, visit

MAKING THE MOST OF BEAR BEGINNINGS JENNA EPSTEIN College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 So it’s Move-In Day. Your car is surrounded by a swarm of upperclass student leaders before you can even turn the engine off, and in the blink of an eye, your stuff has been taken to your room without your having to lift a finger. Welcome to Wash U! But before you can get started tackling classes and being independent, you’ll have a few days of Bear Beginnings, Wash U’s new student fall orientation. You’re probably thinking, “Ugh, all I want to do is just get started already! I’ve been waiting all summer.” Let me stop you right there. Bear Beginnings is just one of the ways that Wash U separates itself from many other institutions. It can be one of the most rewarding experiences that you have and really sets the tone for your freshman year. Over the course of just a few days, there will be nonstop events, both optional and mandatory, and though at times orientation can seem a bit overwhelming, it’s about taking in everything Wash U has to offer. Let’s take a look at some highlighted events below.


This is by far my favorite event during Bear Beginnings! You’ll hear a lot about Convocation, but essentially it is a huge welcoming ceremony featuring speeches and ridiculous cheering. You only get one Convocation, so make the most of it. Yelling and cheering may not seem like the most comfortable thing to do your first night of meeting people, but I promise if you make a conscious effort to just go with the flow and match the enthusiasm of your RAs and WUSAs (find out more about RAs, WUSAs, and other people you will meet on campus on page 40), you won’t be disappointed with the results. I met some of my best friends the night of Convocation, and I don’t think it would’ve happened had I not been willing to participate in the energy and spirit of the event.


Your entire residential floor will be present at each floor meeting. Your attendance is mandatory and one floor meeting will occur every day of Bear Beginnings. These meetings are your chance to start bonding with your floor, getting to know your RAs and WUSAs, and participating in programs that help establish what you want your floor community to be. Although at times it can feel like a lot of information is being thrown at you, it is critical that you pay attention and take the chance to interact by asking questions; you’re probably not the only person with the same question in mind, so don’t be afraid to speak up!


One of the more academically enriching events of orientation, the First Year Reading Program is a chance for you to discuss important topics with your floor that might not get brought up otherwise. The book is selected by a committee of students and professors and is really used as a springboard to talk about different perspectives and ideas people on your floor have. It’s not for a grade, but don’t be the person who didn’t read it; I promise you’ll be embarrassed when your floor is discussing the reading and you have no idea what people are talking about.


Looking back on my experience, I really wish I would have taken advantage of these lectures more often. Faculty members are nominated by WUSAs to talk about their areas of expertise, and these professors are chosen for a reason. Faculty spotlights always include extremely engaging discussions and allow you to meet professors you might want to take a class with later.


The purpose of this event is to hang out with your floor and check out the Delmar Loop, an iconic St. Louis street that’s just a short walk away from campus and filled with restaurants and shops. It’s a great way for you to familiarize yourself with the Loop and have a little fun! This was one of my favorite events to lead as a WUSA, because I really saw my floor come together and make an effort to get to know one another in a more casual setting.

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A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR FIRST FEW DAYS When you arrive on campus in August, you will receive a complete schedule of events happening during your first few days. Here’s a simplified version of that schedule to give you a sense of how much is planned for you. THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 MORNING Move-In Day begins at 8:30AM giving you plenty of time to get unpacked before the evening’s activities begin.

AFTERNOON You should plan to arrive no later than 5:00 PM (the earlier the better). When you are not unpacking, check out the groups and offices around the Clock Tower or attend one of our many cultural receptions.

EVENING Your first official floor meeting at 5:00 PM introduces you to your Residential College, RCD, RAs, and WUSAs. You will then head over to the Athletic Complex for Convocation, the signature event of Bear Beginnings. Don’t forget to wear your Convocation shirt!

AFTERNOON Language placement exams are held this afternoon. Also, check out the open houses for academic departments of interest to you. Several student services offices will also have open houses and information sessions.

EVENING You will have some free time for dinner before meeting with the rest of your floor for a meeting where you will learn important information as well as policies and procedures in the residence halls. After that, head over to the AC for WUFC: The Ultimate Floor Challenge and prove to everyone that you have the best floor on the 40!

AFTERNOON Learn more about your school’s curriculum at the Dean’s Meeting and other important sessions through your academic division.

EVENING You’ll attend one of the three performances you didn’t see this morning. After the discussion, head over to the Danforth University Center for SUp All Night and get a fun introduction to student life.

AFTERNOON School-specific events and meetings happen throughout the afternoon.

EVENING Classes begin tomorrow! You’ll take some time with your WUSAs and RAs to review some last minute tips for success and logistics of being a WU student. Afterwards, head over to the Swamp for a movie.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 MORNING The first full day of Bear Beginnings starts with the First Year Reading Program discussion. Individual meetings also begin in certain academic divisions.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 MORNING You’ll attend either Choices, The Date, or Our Names, Our Stories to learn how college differs from high school and the expectations of being a Wash U student. Each performance will be followed by a discussion with members of your residential floor.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 MORNING You will attend either Choices, The Date, or Our Names, Our Stories— whichever one you didn’t attend yesterday. Afterwards, head over to the Delmar Loop for some great food and special events.

Bear Beginnings schedules will be on the First Year Center website, this summer, and you’ll receive an official welcome packet with finalized information when you arrive on campus in August, too.



BEAR BEGINNINGS: NEW STUDENT FALL ORIENTATION YOUR OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION TO WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Bear Beginnings, held from August 21st through August 24th, will aid you with your academic, social, cultural, and personal transition to Washington University and St. Louis. Our programs and events will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the University and meet your peers before classes begin on Monday, August 25th. During this time, you will have the chance to meet with your advisor and finalize your course schedule. You will also attend programs and events where you can explore what it means to be a Wash U student both inside and outside of the classroom, while meeting others who are new to Wash U. By fully participating in Bear Beginnings, you’ll have an opportunity to not only discover the campus community but also begin to prepare for a successful first year.

FIRST YEAR READING PROGRAM Keep an eye out for your First Year Reading Program book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino, which will be arriving in your mailbox later in the summer. Chosen by a selection committee of students, faculty, and staff, the First Year Reading Program book is an interesting and stimulating read, one that underpins your first academic experience at Washington University. Read the book before your arrival on campus and think about its themes. What are your opinions? What would you like to ask your new classmates or professors? During Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation, you will participate in a lively group discussion of the book led by a member of the Washington University faculty or staff. We urge you to approach the First Year Reading Program discussions in a spirit of openness. This is a unique and valuable opportunity to challenge yourself, share your ideas, learn about other viewpoints, and meet and engage in dialogue with your classmates. There are no right or wrong answers, no grades, and diverse viewpoints and perspectives will be encouraged and respected. The more involved you choose to be, the more you will take away from this experience. Throughout the first semester, you will encounter themes from the book in classes, discussions, and engaging on-campus programming.

Bear Beginnings is Thursday, August 21st – Sunday, August 24th

FRESHMEN For freshmen, your first mandatory event at Bear Beginnings is your residential floor meeting at 5:15 PM on Thursday, August 21st. The location of your meeting will be posted on your residential floor — and don’t forget to wear your Convocation shirt! Be sure that you are settled in, you have eaten dinner, and you are ready to go by 5 PM. TRANSFERS For transfer students, your first mandatory event at Bear Beginnings is the Transfer & Exchange Student Welcome on the afternoon of Thursday, August 21st. The time and location of the meeting will be emailed to you in early August.

If you’d like to check out the schedule prior to arriving on campus, visit

For more information, check out the First Year Reading Program website, Happy reading!

The FYRP holds a contest each year based on the text you’ve read. To learn more and enter it, check out

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PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET JENNA EPSTEIN College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 I remember Move-In Day as a whirlwind of confusion. The campus was crowded with cars full of luggage; eager students and parents were bustling about; and red-shirted people called WUSAs (pronounced woosuhs) were helping students haul their belongings to their respective residence halls. From the moment I opened my car door, I was greeted by many friendly people — WUSAs, RAs, and RCDs, to name a few — who were eager to help me through the MoveIn process. I remember thinking to myself: Who are all of these people? And what do all of these acronyms mean? Your first day on campus may be a bit overwhelming, but you will meet many people who will guide you through Bear Beginnings and help support you throughout the rest of your first year. Greeting you at your car are WUSAs, or Washington University Student Associates. When you enter your residence hall, you also will meet your RAs (Resident Advisors). In addition, you will likely be introduced to your RCD (Residential College Director). While moving into your new room, you might also encounter your Faculty Associate (FA). Of course, when you enter your room, you will meet your roommate(s) and/or suitemates, who will also be unpacking and getting ready to begin college. Throughout Bear Beginnings, you will encounter several other acronyms like RPMs and STCs. You may even meet your academic advisor, the dean of your college, or even one of your professors! This all may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry about remembering all the names and acronyms at first — you will have plenty of time to learn the role of each specific person. Don’t be afraid to approach them and ask them questions; they are here to help ease your transition into college life. With all of the support and guidance, everything gets easier to take in…trust me!

THE PEOPLE OF YOUR RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE The Residential College Director, or RCD, manages the residential college, supervises the RAs, and oversees residential college events. Resident Advisors, or RAs, are juniors and seniors who live on your floor and work to develop a strong floor community, while also enforcing Residential Life and other University policies. Washington University Student Associates, or WUSAs, are upperclass students who will be present in your freshman floor or transfer communities throughout your first year. They help ease the transition into college life by serving as academic resources and are there to answer questions about classes, campus life, or really anything at all. RAs and WUSAs work together to facilitate floor meetings, and plan events for the floor, and they’re available to address any questions or concerns you may have throughout your first year. The Faculty Associate, or FA, is a faculty member who is attached to a specific floor and who plans events, serves as an additional resource for questions about academics and campus life, and often leads the First Year Reading Program book discussion during Bear Beginnings. Residential Peer Mentors, or RPMs, are upperclass students who hold help hours to offer academic assistance in courses such as calculus, chemistry, and physics. Student Technology Coordinators, or STCs, work with Student Technology Services and are available to provide any technology support — for computers, televisions, phones, or anything else — that you may need.



LIFE AFTER BEAR BEGINNINGS RICHARD LEE College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 Even after Bear Beginnings ended, I, like many other students, still felt I wasn’t ready. Yes, orientation was exciting and unforgettable; I met countless people and went to many great activities. But, in reality, how was that supposed to help me at Wash U? How was I supposed to learn how to manage my time, pick my classes, figure out what to get involved in, etc.? At first, I wasn’t able to answer any of these questions. Quite frankly, I felt too overwhelmed to do so. During the first days of classes, I was that kid running from one building to another trying not to be late and looking at my watch every 30 seconds. I was that kid who couldn’t decide between taking notes on a computer or in a notebook. I was that kid who didn’t know whether to get lunch alone or spend an hour in the library. Throughout those first few days, I always felt like I was being chased and that I had to look ahead and prepare myself for every circumstance and scenario possible. As the weeks flew by, I still made mistakes left and right. At the same time, I began to notice myself changing little by little. I was no longer running from one class to another or hesitating about what to take notes with. I started scheduling lunch times (1 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays and noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and going to the library between GenChem and Calculus III. After talking with my friends, WUSAs, and RAs, I joined my Residential College Council and became a research assistant at the med school. Although I didn’t recognize the changes in the beginning, I soon realized I didn’t really need answers to the questions that I previously had because I was figuring it out by myself. Looking back at Bear Beginnings, I wasn’t really aware of what resources I was given to begin school. We met our WUSAs, RAs, and academic advisors; talked to our floormates and suitemates; and saw a bunch of groups perform and advertise themselves. At the time, none of this seemed all that important. After all, it was just part of orientation. But in retrospect, those small things — every activity, meeting, one-on-one, and special program — held the key to my experiences at Wash U. They didn’t necessarily directly teach me how to manage my time, pursue my co-curricular interests, or realize my academic goals, but they did give me something else: resources. After orientation, I was able to contact WUSAs and advisors for academic advice, Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning for time management and academic help, and RAs for guidance and organization. Yet, even these wonderful resources did not give me all of the answers I wanted. But they are not meant to provide all of the answers. Instead, they give you guidance and help. But here is some advice that I want you to take away from all of this: give it some time. You can’t expect to have all the answers right away. Sure, you will make mistakes in the beginning like I did (maybe even the same ones). But once you have the time to settle in, to utilize your resources, and to experience university life firsthand, then you can start shaping your college experience as you deem fit.

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LEARNING ON CAMPUS After Bear Beginnings, it’ll be Day One of your academic career at Washington University. As you walk from the South 40 through the Underpass, you will be greeted by faculty and staff who will hand out morning snacks and school supplies. There will even be a chance to take a “first day of school” photo to send home — just like the kind you might have taken on your first day of kindergarten. Once you walk through the Underpass, the incredible academic opportunities of Wash U will be ready and waiting for you. You can explore 87 majors and 99 minors. You’ll take classes from world-renowned experts in their fields. You will engage, you will learn, you will discover. You will also experience a transition period. The first few days of the fall semester may be the first time you’ve ever been in a large lecture class with 50, 100, or even 300 of your peers. You might also be in your first small seminar with only a dozen classmates and your professor. You may have your first science laboratory section or foreign language practice section. You may find that courses don’t necessarily unfold in the traditional classroom and find yourself on a bus traveling around St. Louis to see the evolution of architecture across more than two and a half centuries. We hope that whatever your first semester brings, you lean in and take full advantage of every experience. While you’re discovering all the incredible academic opportunities at Wash U, know that there are also a plethora of resources available to support you — The Writing Center, Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning, and the Office of Undergraduate Research are just a few of the departments available to help ensure you have a successful academic career. More than anything, we hope you will take this time to try new things and, through your learning, discover what might become your passion or career.



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Welcome from Provost Thorp Academic Divisions Meet the Deans Academic Integrity Academic Advising Succeeding in the Classroom Contemplating Your Major? Letter from a Faculty Member Academic Opportunities Getting a “B” Study Abroad Academic Resources Getting to Know Your Faculty

WELCOME FROM PROVOST THORP HOLDEN THORP, PH.D. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Professor of Chemistry and Medicine As the provost of Washington University, let me be one of the first to welcome you to St. Louis. “Great,” you think, “what is a provost?” The provost is the chief academic officer, so I’m responsible for all of the schools, classes, student life, research, and, well, pretty much everything that will be part of your life at Wash U. But I’m not as famous as my boss, the chancellor, so I mostly work behind the scenes. If you see someone in a suit on campus whom you don’t recognize, that’s probably me. You made two bold decisions when you decided to come to Wash U. The first was to attend a research university. That means that the faculty who teach in your classes are also involved in original research — in doing and trying and writing things that have never been done before. Don’t leave Wash U without taking advantage of that. Be part of making the history of knowledge. Ask your professors about their research and get involved in undergraduate research. The second bold decision was to come to a place that was smaller and more committed to undergraduate education than most other major research universities. Yes, your faculty members are very involved in their research, but they chose to be here because they wanted to be at a place where they could be active scholars and heavily engaged in undergraduate teaching. When you put these two things together, there’s something else that is likely to happen that is more serious — you’re going to learn a lot about the great problems facing the world: climate change, poverty, conflict, inequality, disease. We like problems at Wash U, because we believe that all of you have the energy and brainpower needed to get them fixed, particularly when you’re in this intimate and innovative environment. And whether you study engineering, biology, or the humanities, you’re going to think a lot about these problems. I know our brochures are filled with smiling students sitting in the Quad and enjoying ThurtenE Carnival. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of all that here. But we’re going to challenge you, too. We’re going to invite you into the messy, complicated world of problems we live in. We want you debating these problems with your fellow students and the faculty and staff, because when you leave here, you’re the ones we’re counting on to do something about it. We want you to challenge us as well. If you see something at Wash U that you don’t like, let us know. Push us to do the best for you and your education. We don’t know it all. Sometimes the questions you ask make our research better or make our university better. Put your hand up. You probably thought you were coming here to learn the answers to questions. Actually, you can find the answers to most questions on your iPhone. We want you to learn what questions to ask. Questions like, “Why do things have to be this way?” and, “What can I do to create change?” Of course, you probably also want to ask, “Did Chancellor Wrighton really invent glow sticks?” You can’t find the answer to that on your phone. You’ll have to ask him yourself. Welcome, Bears. We can’t wait to see what you folks come up with.

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Your first year in Arts & Sciences will be one of discovery and exploration as you lay the foundation for areas of interest you’ve already identified and try out subjects that are new to you. We encourage you to take advantage of the course offerings designed specifically for freshmen. Freshman seminars allow you to dive deeply into a topic or wrestle with an idea or concept from multiple perspectives as you build a relationship with your professor in a small class environment. Some seminars introduce you to multiple faculty members and their research interests; they’re great ways to learn about the cutting-edge work your professors are doing when they’re not in the classroom. FOCUS programs and other guided curricula (e.g., Medicine and Society, Text and Tradition) provide more sustained introductions over your first year or two to a topic or a field, while also providing many opportunities for you to get to know other students who share your interests. In a number of fields, you can also begin getting involved in research in your first year — it’s not too early!

Welcome to the Olin Business School! Your experience at Olin will be a stepping-stone to the world of business. Starting from day one you will have an opportunity to learn about business innovation and collaboration and fundamental business practices. In “Management 100: Individual in a Managerial Environment,” you will learn to think critically about business’s role in society and the world and about the individual as an employee, customer, and manager of a business firm.

By the time you reach the end of your first year, we hope your world will be a lot bigger, more complicated (in a good way!), and more challenging than when you started. PHONE 314.935.6800 EMAIL WEBSITE

“Management 150A: Foundations of Business,” will allow you to flex your entrepreneurial muscles by creating a consumer product idea. Your team’s product and strategy will develop over the course of the semester as you learn about each major business function. The Olin Business School fosters a collaborative atmosphere amongst peers. We provide occasions to engage with Olin administration and faculty members. There are more than 20 Olin Business School groups and organizations to get involved in and ample opportunities to hear from and interact with alumni and business leaders. All these things create a rigorous and supportive undergraduate experience. We are excited to welcome you to Washington University in St. Louis and the Olin family! PHONE 314.935.6315 WEBSITE

SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN & VISUAL ARTS We’re glad you’ve decided to join our diverse community of architects, artists, and designers at the Sam Fox School. During the first year, you will develop your individual creativity while engaging with the WUSTL and the St. Louis communities. As an architecture student, your first year will be centered on a foundation studio in design — you’ll even get the chance to design a small building. In addition, you’ll take a drawing class with art students and a lecture course taught by our deans. And you will begin to explore your interests beyond architecture by taking classes in Arts & Sciences. Art students will begin to build awareness, competence, and confidence through studio experiences in 2-D and 3-D design. Like the architecture students, you will take a drawing class and a lecture course taught by our deans, and take classes in other academic areas.



For all Sam Fox School students, the first year is a time to explore a number of activities. You can join one of the student councils for art or architecture or participate in the Wash U chapter of a professional organization like AIGA, AIA, or NOMAS. Take advantage of a free student membership at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Join the Kemper Student Council and attend special student-focused events, exhibition openings, and gallery talks. The Museum also hosts film series and Friday evening concerts throughout the year. Your first year at the Sam Fox School will be exciting, challenging, and rewarding, and you’ll have the support of your faculty, advisors, and fellow classmates to help make it all happen. PHONE 314.935.6532 WEBSITE

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE New students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science can be “hands on” right from the start. While we know that you will likely have a challenging set of classes first semester, there are still many opportunities to balance the course load with exciting and stimulating activities. The National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Women Engineers host social and mentorship events. Engineers without Borders, Engineering World Health, and the WU Racing Team develop leadership ability by putting building skills to good use. EnCouncil, the student council of the School of Engineering, supports students as a liaison to faculty and administration and hosts School– and University-wide events. Invention and entrepreneurship programs are another way to get involved quickly in practical learning. The School of Engineering sponsors a Discovery Competition that nurtures prototype development and awards $25,000

The School’s atmosphere is active and collaborative. This collective spirit begins student-to-student and extends to relationship-building with faculty and staff. A two-tier advising system with an Engineering Student Services four-year advisor and a faculty advisor in your major support your experience from arrival to graduation and beyond.



BARBARA A. SCHAAL B.S. University of Illinois, Chicago M.Phil. Yale University Ph.D. Yale University

JENNIFER SMITH A.B. Harvard College Sc.M. University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

What do you remember most about your first year in school? A general chemistry lab experiment gone awry that resulted in a (small) fire.

How can you make the most of your first year at WU? Explore! Socially and academically. You don’t yet know the limits of your interests and abilities.



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to winning teams. First-years students are serious contenders every year.

MAHENDRA GUPTA B.S. Bombay University M.S. Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. Stanford University

CARMON COLANGELO B.F.A. University of Windsor M.F.A. Louisiana State University

At Washington University, deans of the various schools and colleges serve as the leaders of their respective programs. You’ll meet the dean unique to your school (and quite possibly the deans of other schools) during Bear Beginnings. Each school and college has several assistant and associate deans, as well. Their responsibilities vary, but they often oversee specific programs and initiatives for students or serve as academic advisors.

What advice would you give a new student? Be daring, experiment and don’t be concerned about failing. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.

How could a student make the most of their time at Wash U? It’s simple. Pursue your passion.

RALPH QUATRANO A.B. Colgate University M.S. Ohio University Ph.D. Yale University What was the best part of year one? Exploring worlds that I was unaware of (arts, humanities, literature) and becoming aware of my love of new knowledge. Learning on Campus


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY At Washington University, academic integrity is strongly valued. Effective learning, teaching, and research all depend upon the ability of members of the academic community to trust one another and to trust the integrity of work that is submitted in classes for academic credit or conducted in the wider arena of scholarly research. When such an atmosphere of mutual trust exists, the free exchange of ideas is fostered, and all members of the community are able to work to achieve their highest potential. In all academic work, it is important that the ideas and contributions of others be appropriately acknowledged, and that work that is presented as original is in fact original. Ensuring the honesty and fairness of the intellectual environment at Washington University is a responsibility that is shared by faculty, students, and administrative staff. The expectations of Washington University may be different from your high school or previous institution and it is not uncommon for new students to feel stressed or overwhelmed at some point during their first year. It is often in these situations that students violate the principles of academic integrity. The university takes the academic integrity policy very seriously. All violations will be reported on your graduate and professional school applications. To help avoid and manage the stress that may lead a student to violate these principles, many academic resources are available.

WERE YOU AWARE THAT THESE ACTIONS CONSTITUTE A BREACH OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY? ›› Placing false information on your résumé ›› Unauthorized collaboration on course assignments ›› Copying items from the Internet without proper citations or rephrasing published or unpublished material without providing proper citation ›› Changing data in your lab notebook ›› Accessing back files or examinations without express permission from the professor

THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF OFFENSE Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of data or records, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, misrepresentations of student status, and résumé falsification, or otherwise violating the Academic Integrity Policy. Knowingly making false allegations of academic misconduct against any student will itself be considered a form of academic misconduct. It’s a good policy to always ask your professors for clarification on their specific expectations before submitting any course work. It is always better to ask for an extension or simply turn in a late assignment rather than violate the Academic Integrity Policy. If you are confused about methods of citation or research techniques, check out the many resources listed in this book. There is always someone you can turn to for help.

ACADEMIC ADVISING ROLE OF THE ACADEMIC ADVISOR Washington University is committed to providing students with the assistance and support needed to achieve their academic goals. As part of that commitment, Wash U provides each student with an academic advisor. Your academic division will match you with an advisor who will help you plan a successful course of study, navigate course listings, and assist you with choosing classes that correspond with your interests. Advisors meet with students each semester, or more if desired, to discuss academic, personal, and career goals.



ACADEMIC ADVISORS CAN: ›› Work with you on the broad issues of academic planning. ›› Help you sort through the options to build a successful academic plan. ›› Advise you on semester-by-semester details of course selection. ›› Explain general academic requirements. ›› Suggest courses that meet your needs and suit your interests. ›› Let you know about special opportunities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, and Career Center events. ›› Connect you with additional resources across campus, including academic support and involvement beyond the classroom. ›› Monitor progress towards the degree.

SUCCEEDING IN THE CLASSROOM DAVID D’AGROSA School of Engineering & Applied Science | Class of 2016 Congratulations on your acceptance! Although August may seem far away, the first day of school will be here before you know it. Here are some tips and hints to help you survive (and hopefully dominate) the college classroom.


Starting off the semester with good habits will contribute to an academically successful year. First off, syllabi are your friend, and they hold the answers to many general questions you may have early on. Putting important deadlines and exam dates into a day planner or calendar at the beginning of the semester can ensure that you stay on top of assignments in all your courses. Know that professors may not remind you of due dates ad nauseam so staying organized will allow you to plan in advance. If one particular week you have multiple exams or papers due, it’s probably a good idea to allot more time for studying or writing. A week with three exams may sound daunting, but advance preparations often lead to smooth sailing come exam day.


Professors want to get to know you! They set aside several office hours throughout the week specifically to assist students. Trust me, there is no better source to ask about problem sets than the people who designed them. For writing intensive courses, many professors can also aid you in narrowing down a thesis and often are available so you can bounce ideas off of them. In addition, many courses have TAs (teaching assistants) who offer extra help when certain topics prove troublesome. Going to office hours routinely can help you build significant relationships with professors so that down the road you will have quality references for internship, job, or graduate school applications.


While office hours are an awesome place to start looking for help, Wash U has a wide range of other opportunities to support students academically. Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) provides students with supplementary problems to work on in a group setting. Groups are overseen by experienced undergrads who help guide the students to the answer so that the group can fully comprehend the material. Cornerstone also offers a multitude of tutoring services including walk-in help hours, writing assistance, and one-on-one tutors. Finally, Residential Peer Mentors are trained undergraduates who aid any students who need help in specific subjects including chemistry, physics, and calculus courses. These resources are all located on the South 40, which makes them convenient and accessible.


Don’t forget to take some time off for yourself! The semester is a marathon not a sprint. Eating well and getting enough sleep are two easy steps to take to ensure you are firing on all cylinders throughout the semester. I know that afternoon naps saved me after early mornings and late nights. The occasional outside study break can also provide some fresh air and a space to clear your head if you’ve come down with a case of writer’s block. If you have a particularly mellow week, find some friends and grab lunch on the Loop or head downtown for a change. There’s nothing more soothing than a delicious meal in the city following a strenuous week. Know that the entire Wash U community is supporting you in all your academic efforts, and we all want you to succeed!

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CONTEMPLATING YOUR MAJOR? BEING UNDECIDED MAY BE YOUR BEST DECSION MEGAN SIMMONS College of Architecture | Class of 2016 My senior year of high school, I was busy compiling a portfolio for architecture programs because I was pretty sure architecture was what I wanted to study. However, I was not one hundred percent positive. I chose Wash U because of its flexibility of curriculum and because it allows you to take courses in other schools. When I arrived, my first semester schedule was full of architecture courses, preparing me for the studios ahead of me. I loved them, but the next semester, I decided to try out some classes in other schools too. So, I took a communications course in Olin Business School and an education course in the College of Arts & Sciences. It was enough to make me decide to double major. And then I took a Communication Design course in the College of Art and I decided to minor in that, while taking some more business and marketing classes. So although I started as an architecture major, I am now on track to double major in architecture and Educational Studies and minor in Communication Design. Some people arrive at college with an exact plan of what they want to study. Some, like me, have a vague idea of what they are interested in. Others come in completely undecided. All of these paths are completely okay. Regardless of what you come in planning to do, there is a lot of flexibility to try out different courses in all areas of study. This way, you can pursue your interests and choose a major that is right for you. My areas of study are officially across three of the five colleges, with an additional set of classes in a fourth. While these all seem completely unconnected, I hope to be an architecture professor. I am taking Educational Studies from a psychology standpoint to understand how people learn, and I am connecting that with both marketing and design to understand all different facets of advertising. Although my fields of interest are not particularly connected, I still have the opportunity to pursue all of the fields that I am interested in without having to narrow it down to just one. Having the freedom to explore various interests without having to pick immediately is a huge plus about Wash U. The five colleges (Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering) are all structured so students can take the courses that they want to take in the various schools, similarly to how I did. Even though I came in with an adumbration of a plan, I recognized that plans change, as do interests. Wash U gave me the chance to explore the fields that I now realize I’m passionate about and the time to decide what I wanted to study. At Wash U, no matter what you are interested in, you will have the same opportunities.




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LETTER FROM A FACULTY MEMBER BRIAN D. CARPENTER, PH.D. Associate Professor, Psychology Department Former Faculty Fellow, Eliot Residential College Professor Snape, Professor Xavier, Professor Farnsworth — are these the only professors you’ve known? If so, we’ve got a surprise for you when you arrive on the Wash U campus. We don’t wear capes. We can’t read your minds. Our careers are not focused on creating doomsday devices and atomic supermen. Instead, what you’re going to find is a group of bright, energetic scholars ready to share their enthusiasm for learning about the world. Still, you may have questions about who these professors are and what they actually do. What is the life of a Wash U professor really like, and how will you interact with them? As professors on the Wash U campus, we have multifaceted jobs. First, we’re all researchers discovering new things and adding to the knowledge in our respective disciplines. Faculty conduct groundbreaking research in every school on campus, on such diverse topics as gamma-rays emanating from quasars, the politics of natural resources, nanoparticles designed to deliver medications, interventions to reduce obesity in pregnant women, the impact of the occult sciences on the fine arts, the genetics of breast cancer, the psychology of negotiations, and more. The faculty brings in millions of dollars in grants every year to support that research, and we mentor graduate students who are pursuing advanced study in a particular area. We’re also eager to get undergraduates involved in research too. You’ll find opportunities throughout the university to collaborate with professors on their research, work side by side with the faculty in developing and executing research, and maybe even design your own research project.

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The second major role of a professor is, well, to “profess,” to teach. We spend many hours preparing lectures, planning discussions, choosing books and articles and films and music to share with you, and figuring out how to present it all in a way that will test you intellectually, stretch your mind, and prepare you for an ever more complicated world. Just as our research is diverse in its focus, so too is our teaching. With just a brief glance at the course catalog, you’ll see the faculty have prepared compelling classes that touch a large universe of topics. Here’s a sampling: The Archaeology of Climate Change, The Century of Picasso, Organometallic Chemistry, Fundamentals of Jazz Dance, Buddhist Traditions, Banned Books, Methods of Theoretical Physics, Global Justice, The Quest for Racial Reconciliation, Population Ecology, and more. Four years may seem like a long time to spend in college, but it’s not going to be nearly long enough for you to take all the classes you’ll want to take. You’re going to learn from world-class leaders in their field, professors who have thought long and hard about how to teach and what to teach. The third major role we play on campus is to help run the place. Professors serve on committees, boards, panels, and other groups that help shape what your college experience will be like and what it must evolve into for the students who will follow you. We take great pride in this place, and we work hard to make it even better. So that’s what professors do on campus. But you may be surprised to learn that we have very rich lives beyond the classroom and lab, just as you will. The professor who leads your discussion in the afternoon about political theory sits down at night to revel in classic British television comedies. The professor who lectures about the neuroscience of film just spent last weekend bicycling across Missouri. The professor who taught your class on graphic novels heads out to hear jazz whenever she can in the evenings. Yes, we’re all accomplished scholars, but we’re also parents, golfers, painters, gardeners, cooks, occasional nappers, chocolate lovers, bird watchers, swimmers, daydreamers, and more. We’re people who want to get to know you in the classroom and want to get to know you beyond the classroom. And it’s OK to get to know us too. So visit your professors during office hours. Talk with us in and after class. Say hello when you pass us on the sidewalk. We’re a big community of people who love ideas and love to learn, and we’re eager for you to join us. See you soon on campus!

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ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES COMBINED STUDIES Are you in the Olin Business School but want to unleash the inner artist in you? Are you in the Engineering School but think you have a knack for business? Well, good thing you are at Washington University. Despite having four separate undergraduate schools, Wash U does not limit students to just one area of study. Each of the four schools has different course requirements for its degree; however, these requirements do have room for you get an additional major/minor, or even a dual degree. In fact, it is not uncommon to meet a Washington University student with a double major and/or minor. If you desire to pursue a combined studies curriculum, you should: ›› Attend the combined studies program on Saturday during Bear Beginnings ›› Speak with the school(s) and/or department(s) that interest you ›› Seek guidance from your academic advisor, who is extremely knowledgeable about his or her school’s program

DEFINITIONS MAJOR: n. also used as a v. — your main area of study; credit requirements vary from school to school and department to department. Your major, or majors if you pursue more than one, will be acknowledged on your official transcript. The second major does not need to be from the same school. Example: Sally Sue is double majoring in biology and accounting. MINOR: n. also used as a v. — your second area of study; requires fewer credit hours than a major but you still get to explore that field. Your minor, or minors if you pursue more than one, will also be acknowledged on your official transcript. Your minor does not need to be from your main school. Example: John Jacob is majoring in biology and minoring in painting. DUAL DEGREE: adj. also used as a n. — a student who wishes to receive two degrees must complete the degree requirements for both degrees. Check with the schools for requirements. Example: Jack is a dual degree (student) in the Olin Business School and College of Arts & Sciences. Students wishing to pursue multiple undergraduate degrees may discuss this option with their advisors during Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation.

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PRE-PROFESSIONAL ADVISING THINKING ABOUT A FUTURE IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS? Many students at Washington University show a strong interest in dentistry, health care administration, medicine, MD/PhD, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and public health, just to name a few. Students interested in pre-health should discuss these interests with their academic advisors. Pre-health students will take a course load rich in the natural sciences. Requirements will vary by the students’ intended professional school. Students who are interested in a future in the health professions should email Liz Heidger, prehealth@artsci., with any questions and to get on the prehealth mailing list. The Pre-Health Team stresses the importance of reviewing all information sent to you via the listserv, in the Pre-Health Handbook, and on the Pre-Health website,

ARE YOU CONSIDERING LAW SCHOOL? Law is a diverse field, offering opportunities in a wide variety of civil and criminal practice areas to those who choose this profession. If you believe law school may be in your future, your first year at Washington University is a good time to learn what steps to take to best prepare yourself for law school and a career in law. Use this first year to investigate possibilities for your major, recognizing that law schools do not favor any particular field over another. What’s important is to find an academic discipline you enjoy and can do well in, as grades are an important factor in law school admissions. Over the next four years, take classes that will hone your communication skills (oral and written) and require you to grapple with dense texts, as those are skills you will need as a lawyer. Sign up for the pre-law mailing list by responding to the email that will be sent to all freshmen in August. You will be asked to join the list by filling out an online form. Throughout the academic year, you will then receive weekly bulletins of events of interest to the prelaw community. Freshmen should also plan to attend the Pre-Law Information Session held early in the fall semester, where they will meet the pre-law advisors and get answers to some FAQs about preparing for law school. Information sessions are also offered each year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The weekly bulletin will alert you to those sessions. Pre-law advising is available for all students who are thinking about pursuing a law degree. You may meet with a pre-law advisor to talk about your plans for law school, but individual appointments are generally not necessary until junior or senior year.

GETTING A “B� MEGAN KAWASAKI College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 When I was younger, I was obsessed with grades. Somehow, I came to the conclusion that my happiness and future success were defined solely by the little letters on my report card. For me, getting an A was not the gold standard. It was the only standard. If I got anything less, I would fall into these dark periods of self-loathing that diminished my self-worth and confidence, and I refused to believe anyone who insisted that grades were far more trivial than I so faithfully believed. This perfectionist mindset propelled me to achieve consistently high grades throughout high school, and by the end of it, I was proud of my transcript, dotted with its myriad As. I assumed that this work ethic would easily let me accomplish the same in college, and for the first semester, things seemed to be going well. I was getting good grades on my assignments, making new friends, and I was balancing everything quite nicely, doing things the exact same way that I had in high school. But then, by the second semester, both my academic and extracurricular workloads had significantly increased, and everything became far more difficult. I found myself struggling to manage my time effectively, and it became harder and harder to keep up with all of my commitments. I started skipping club meetings to do homework, got less sleep each night, and found little time to study enough for all of my classes. Despite my best efforts to try and keep things together, my final grades were worse than I had expected. I remember checking them online and seeing a set of letters other than straight As, and I stared blankly at them, thinking that there must have been some sort of egregious mistake. When it finally hit me that I had not achieved the perfection to which I was so accustomed, I broke. I cried for days, wallowing in self-hatred and thinking that these grades would completely destroy any potential success I could have had in my college career. All of my frustration then led me to the conclusion that perhaps if I had given up on the activities I loved and shunned the friends I cared about, I would have gotten straight As. It was at that point that I realized just how poisonous my personal grade policy had been. I had made my standards impossibly high and caused myself an inordinate amount of stress, and as a result, I completely lost sight of what truly mattered. It was not so much about the grade as it was about the knowledge I had gained, the people I had met, and the things I had experienced. Even though I was upset with myself, I got a much-needed change in perspective: a B or even a C was not the end of the world, and it would not ruin my entire college career. In fact, it pushed me to work harder the next year and made me better understand my personal limitations and how I could improve on myself. I started visiting my professors more frequently, and I joined more study groups, asking friends for advice and tips on classes. I procrastinated less and started work earlier. If I thought I was a driven and focused student in the past, I became even more so after seeing those final grades. While I cannot say that getting those grades was completely positive, they helped me grow in a way that consistent, straight As never could have. I will continue to try my hardest in all of my pursuits, both academic and extracurricular, but I finally realized that I will not need a 4.0 GPA to have a fulfilling and enjoyable college experience.

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STUDY ABROAD Understanding other cultures, languages, and countries is important, whether you’re an environmental engineer, artist, architect, accountant, or historian. Washington University offers many ways to incorporate international study into your undergraduate program. Each undergraduate school has developed an array of highquality study abroad opportunities that enhance the strengths of our undergraduate programs. We offer a variety of full-year, semester, and summer programs that allow you to earn credit toward your major or minor while studying abroad. Each year, Wash U undergraduates study in more than 50 different countries.


Here is a small sampling of cities and countries WUSTL students visited in 2013:

ACADEMIC RESOURCES CAREER CENTER Whether you are a freshman or a transfer student, the Washington University Career Center is here to help you. The Career Center offers a variety of services and resources to help you find an internship, engineering co-op, or full-time job; connect with employers and alumni; and prepare for graduate or professional school. The Career Center is open to all undergraduate students. No matter what the future looks like, the Career Center believes that one-on-one career advising is a critical component to your success. Meet with a Career Advisor early to develop your individualized plan. We can also help you find meaningful summer experiences — as early as freshman year — to test potential career options. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, call or stop by our main office. Throughout the year, the Career Center offers career fairs, industry-specific events, workshops, networking events in cities around the country, and Road Shows to help you learn about different jobs and make connections. In addition, freshmen have an opportunity to meet with Career Advisors in the spring during FRESHstart. This fun program allows students to hear about opportunities and resources available at the Career Center. Plus, it will give you a head start on planning for your summer. Lastly, all undergraduate students have access to CAREERlink, an interactive database of jobs, information sessions, and upcoming events. CAREERlink provides students with an opportunity to connect with employers, apply for on-campus interviews, and sign up for events, workshops, and information sessions. 54


Barcelona, Spain Florence, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Shanghai, China Santiago, Chile Tübingen, Germany London, England Herzliya, Israel Sydney, Australia Cape Town, South Africa Mumbai, India

CAREER CENTER DUC, Suite 110 Main Office Lopata Hall 303 Engineering Art & Architecture Steinberg Hall 005 PHONE 314.935.5930 EMAIL WEBSITE

IN THE BUSINESS SCHOOL? The Weston Career Center is dedicated to students in Olin Business School. PHONE 314.935.5950 EMAIL WEBSITE

CORNERSTONE: THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED LEARNING Be sure to check out Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning. Located on the first floor of Gregg House on the South 40, Cornerstone provides services to Washington University students to help them excel academically. Services include peer mentors — students recommended by faculty because of their expertise and training — computer labs, advising, writing assistance, and many other useful academic resources.


Cornerstone will help coordinate study groups upon request. These study groups — in addition to the Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL), Help Desks, and Summer/January Intensive Programs — can improve student understanding of materials in any subject. In addition, Cornerstone sponsors graduate and professional exam prep courses (including the MCAT and LSAT). Cornerstone also includes Disability Resources (see below for more information) for students with disabilities or suspected disabilities. Every year, Cornerstone interacts more than 24,000 times with students, making it one of the most highly utilized services on campus. Whether you want an intensive preparation for organic chemistry, or are just looking for a learning style assessment and some quick advising, Cornerstone can be an invaluable part of every student’s academic life. Come in to meet your goals for academic success — improve your grade or master the subject!

DISABILITY RESOURCES Disability Resources (DR), located in Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning, provides resources for students with disabilities and suspected disabilities. It is important for incoming students and their families to know that the laws governing disability status eligibility differ between high school and college. To be eligible in college, students must have an impairment that substantially limits them in a major life activity in comparison to most people. DR helps students determine whether they are eligible or not. DR is the official resource for students with learning, attention, visual, hearing, psychiatric, mobility, or medical disorders. Students can visit the DR website,, to review the requirements for documenting their disability and requesting accommodations. Students should submit their documentation well before course registration to be sure there is no delay in getting accommodations once classes begin. The website lists available accommodations including extended time for exams, distraction-reduced exam rooms, books-on-tape, electronic and enlarged text, notes, American signlanguage interpreters, transportation arrangements, and classroom and housing modifications. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

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LIBRARIES At Washington University, you will find a plethora of resources for research papers, class projects, expanding your knowledge, or a fun read. Washington University’s main library, Olin Library, and the 11 school and departmental libraries, offer extensive collections of books, e-books (not specific articles), CDs, LPs, DVDs, microforms, maps, and printed music. This collection is supplemented by a constantly growing list of online resources that are available to students any place, anytime. If you like to study with some background noise, Whispers Café may be just the place for you. Others who enjoy peace and quiet can find solace in one of the many areas throughout Olin with padded chairs and desks or tables. If you need to write a paper or put together a presentation, the Arc, a high-tech center, has computers, scanners, and AV equipment for you. In addition, Olin Library houses group study rooms that are a great place for a group of students to work on projects or study with friends. Olin group study rooms can be reserved online. The other campus libraries also offer attractive places to study. Can’t find what you’re looking for? The Washington University Libraries have ILIAD and MOBIUS accounts that allow you to borrow materials from other libraries across the country. Do you need a vast and efficient journal search? Find It/Get It allows students doing research to simultaneously search multiple user-designated databases. Another useful resource, Ares, allows students to access online course reserves materials such as articles and book chapters. During Bear Beginnings, you can take a tour of Olin Library or attend a presentation that shows you how to use the library’s resources effectively. See the library’s website for a map of all the campus libraries.


LIBRARY MAP KEY 1 Olin Library 2 Chemistry (Louderman Hall) 3 Law (Anheuser-Busch Hall) 4 Business (Simon Hall) 5 Music (Gaylord Hall) 6 East Asian (January Hall) 7 Social Work (Brown Hall) 8 Art & Architecture (Kemper Art Museum) 9 Earth & Planetary Sciences (Rudolph Hall) 10 Physics (Compton Hall)

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Buildings in red house University Libraries; there is an additional library on West Campus (at 7425 Forsyth Boulevard). There are many other places to study on campus, like the Danforth University Center, residential houses, or academic buildings.

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OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Research is the systematic gathering of information to help you answer a question or solve a problem. Research is going on right now all over the university and all over the world in libraries and laboratories, in rainforests and hospitals, and in courtrooms and archaeological sites. Undergraduate students who want to build a relationship with faculty, develop creativity and problem-solving skills, and eventually contribute new knowledge to the world are encouraged to participate in research at Washington University. The key to getting started in research is finding a subject you are passionate about and making connections with faculty who share that interest. Get to know professors, teaching assistants, and upperclassmen in your classes or department; talk to them about their research. Take advantage of what’s going on around you. Every week the University hosts lectures, workshops, and colloquia that are open to undergraduates. You never know what topic might spark your interest!


When you have identified your intellectual spark, Washington University has resources to help you take the next step. The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports the larger mission of the university to advance and protect the process of inquiry by facilitating and promoting faculty-mentored undergraduate research experiences in all schools and all disciplines. As a freshman student, the Office of Undergraduate Research encourages you to learn more about research in different academic disciplines and think about strategies for developing a research topic. Click Getting Started on the OUR homepage ( and read about Identifying Your Area of Interest and Finding a Mentor. The most fulfilling and sustainable projects are ones that emerge from insatiable curiosity. We are here to help guide you on your path.

UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for data and services pertaining to the academic records of all Washington University students. The office issues official transcripts, diplomas, and provides verification of student enrollment and degrees earned for all students on the Danforth Campus. The office also provides support for the entire Student Information System, which includes web applications like WebSTAC and Course Listings. The Office of the University Registrar will be temporarily located on South Campus until mid-October 2014. Please visit for updated location and contact information.

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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY STUDENT ASSOCIATES (WUSA) WUSAs are upperclass students who work through the First Year Center and will be able to help you understand important academic policies, procedures, and deadlines and assist you with your transition into the University. There are two WUSAs assigned to each freshman floor and WUSAs who work with exchange and transfer students. These fun and amazing students will guide you through Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation and then throughout the rest of your first year. They’re here to help you with anything and everything!

THE WRITING CENTER The Writing Center, a free service, offers writing advice to all Washington University students. Tutors will read and discuss any kind of work in progress, including student papers, senior theses, graduate school application essays, and oral presentations. The average tutorial session lasts one hour. The Writing Center staff is trained to help you at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming, developing and clarifying an argument, organizing evidence, and improving style. Rather than editing or proofreading, the tutors will emphasize the process of revision and teach you how to edit your own papers. Students are seen primarily by appointment, although walk-ins will be accommodated as the schedule allows. The Writing Center also offers workshops for student writers. You may want to consider signing up for workshops on the following topics: Writing a Research Paper, Writing about Literature, Writing an Essay Exam, and Writing an Application Essay for Graduate or Professional School.



LOCATION Olin Library, first floor PHONE 314.935.4981 EMAIL WEBSITE

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR FACULTY ALEX GOULD College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016

In the fall, be sure to watch for emails from the First Year Center about Lunch by the Dozen opportunities.

For me, one of the biggest changes from high school to college was the quality of teaching. My professors at Wash U have been engaging and knowledgeable at a level far beyond anything in my high school. They’re all able to explain and contextualize their subject matter with extraordinary clarity, and no student should hesitate to get to know them.

Office hours are a great and convenient way to start. Professors from every class will post which hours they are available in their office if you want walk-in help or even if you just want to chat. During this time, professors really want to see you! Even if you don’t have a specific question, they are happy to talk with you about your future plans in their field and other options going forward. For example, I went to office hours to tell my psychology professor that I really enjoyed his class, and he was able to recommend other classes I might find interesting, as well as help me map out what life as a psychology major might look like. Another great experience I had during office hours came when I needed help with a paper. I didn’t do as well on the paper as I thought I could, and I wanted to improve on the next one. My professor read my paper again and then helped me make sure I wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes. He then suggested that I send him an outline of my next paper, and when I did, he responded quickly with feedback. At Wash U, I always feel as though my professors care about how I am doing and really want to get to know me. Getting to know your professors who teach big classes is also easier than you might think. The First Year Center offers programs like Lunch by the Dozen, small-group settings where you can interact with professors who teach large classes. During Lunch by the Dozen, you and 11 other students will share a meal with the faculty member and get to know your professor personally. The conversation might be about the faculty member’s research interests, your favorite student organization, or a shared passion for Cardinals baseball. As a pre-med student, I’ve been in quite a few large classes here, but I have never felt that the professors who teach these classes are more distant than those in small seminars. If anything, they want you to come to office hours more, so they can meet more of their students one on one! There are so many advantages to knowing your professors. They are a great resource for help with course work, letters of recommendation, and future research. If you’re interested in something that was said in class, your professor would love to talk about it more with you. Each professor has his or her own way of interacting with students, but what they all have in common is a passion for their field and a desire to share it with you.

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LIVING ON CAMPUS One of the most important aspects of your first year at Washington University is the residential community you will join. The variety of living environments in our residential colleges will make it easy for you to live comfortably, study hard, and build friendships that will last throughout your college career and your lifetime. As a member of the residential college community, you’ll form close bonds with others and become involved in numerous activities and organizations. You will be encouraged and supported in your intellectual development and form relationships with others — students, faculty, and staff.

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RESIDENTIAL LIVING AS A NEW STUDENT Washington University’s residential areas include 10 residential colleges on the part of campus we call the South 40, located at the southwest end of the Danforth Campus. One, two, or three separate houses comprise each residential college, which forms a single community. Our residential colleges have social lounges, study rooms, personal computing labs, and recreation rooms. As you become more familiar with your residential college, you will find a dedicated group of people willing and able to help with your questions. Resident Advisors (RAs) are highly trained upperclass students who live in the residence houses and act as leaders, confidants, resources, and friends to their peers. In addition, each college has a Residential College Director (RCD), a professional staff member who manages the day-to-day operations. The RCD works with the RAs and interacts with students in the colleges. Each college also has its own dedicated housekeeping and maintenance personnel.

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The South 40 is a great place to begin your experience at Washington University and to meet people and get involved. All first-year students are required to reside on campus. Living on campus is so much more than sleeping and studying. The South 40 is like a small town with its own fitness center, dining facilities, technology center, meeting rooms, intramural fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts, recreation and game rooms, and music practice rooms. In addition, you will find the following services located on the South 40: Bear Necessities, a gift shop; Paws & Go, a convenience store; the mailroom; and several student-run businesses.

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THE SOUTH FORTY Robert S. Brookings Residential College

Lee/Beaumont Residential College

Liggett/Koenig Residential College

Rubelmann/ Umrath/South Forty Residential College

Wayman Crow Residential College

Big Bend Boulevard

Shepley Drive

Wallace Drive

The Swamp

Wydown Boulevard

William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College

Shanedling, Dauten, and Rutledge (JKL) Residential College



Hitzeman, Hurd, and Myers (HIG) Residential College

Park/Mudd Residential College

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Robert S. Brookings Gregg and Lien Houses


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Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner), Scorch on the Porch Grill-Out, Brookings Week, Making the Grade, Brookings Birthday Bashes, Brookings Goes to the Fox

Wayman Crow Dardick and Nemerov Houses


175 Freshmen 310 Total


Crow Cakes, Bar-B-CROW, Sundaes on Sunday, Finals Breakfast, Maintenance/ Housekeeper Apreciation Day

Thomas H. Eliot Eliot and Eliot B Houses


150 Freshmen 310 Total


Gator Welcome Week, Weekly Sunday Snack, Family-Style Meal with RCD & Faculty Families, Eliot Lawn Games Club, Community Service Projects

HIG Hitzeman, Hurd, and Myers Houses


90 Freshmen 265 Total

Traditional Alphabet Bowl Flag Football Game against JKL, Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner), Progressive Dinner

JKL Shanedling, Dauten, and Rutledge Houses


180 Freshmen 270 Total

Traditional Alphabet Bowl Flag Football Game against HIG, BBQs in the Courtyard, Ping Pong Dominance, Late-Night Study Breaks

Lee/Beaumont Lee and Beaumont Houses


285 Freshmen 300 Total

Traditional BLeeBQ, BeauHaus, Lee/Beau Cocoa, Lee/Beau Love Week, Concrete Wall Appreciation Day, Heads Above the Rest

Liggett/Koenig Liggett and Koenig Houses


150 Freshmen 260 Total


Faculty Fellow-led Story Time, WeLKome Week, 100 Days Formal, miLK & Cookies with Faculty, trips to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Park/Mudd Park and Mudd Houses


190 Freshmen 335 Total


Tie Dye with Ti, Pirate Week, Mudd Matters, Annual Park Mudd Regatta, “Move Ya Body” Health and Wellness initiative, Dinner Derby, Open Mic Night, Earth Day Camping Trip

RUSoFo Rubelmann, Umrath and South Forty Houses


225 Freshmen 470 Total


Whale Week, RUm-B-Que, Whale Waffles, Sunday Sundaes, Use Your Noodle

William Greenleaf Eliot Danforth, Shepley and Wheeler Houses


225 Freshmen 465 Total


Casino Night, WGE Waffles, WGE Week, WGE-Q, Super Bowl Party, College 101, WGE on the Water

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RESIDENCE HOUSE ROOM DETAILS Average room sizes: (Please note that each room will vary slightly and these are estimates) ›› Single 8.5’ x 11.5’ ›› Double 11.5’ x 14’ ›› Triple 11.5’ x 16.5’ All rooms include the following for each resident: ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Bed and mattress (extra long twin, 36” x 80”) Desk and chair Dresser and closet space Central air conditioning Small recycling bin

Rooms may also have: ›› Mini-blinds ›› Adjustable height beds (allowing for more storage space) ›› Carpeting Floor plans for every building can be found online at

FACULTY & YOUR LIVING EXPERIENCE As a Washington University student, you will have the opportunity to interact with faculty members in your Residential Colleges, outside of the formal classroom setting, through the Faculty Associates and Faculty Fellows Program. Faculty Associates are faculty members who collaborate with Resident Advisors to plan exciting programs for a floor of first-year students. Faculty Fellows live in Residential Colleges, and you can visit their families and sometimes even pets in your residence hall. This program engenders a strong sense of community and encourages a positive social, cultural, and intellectual atmosphere within a given College. Faculty Associates and Fellows plan engaging and meaningful programs in the comfortable environment of your Residential College. The Faculty Associate/Fellows Program will help you get to know faculty members and help them get to know you outside of classes. It intentionally provides more contact between students and faculty members, increases your understanding of faculty roles, provides you with role models and academic resources, and enhances the intellectual environment of your Washington University Residential College community. Sample programs you can participate in with Faculty Fellows and Associates include floor trips to the zoo, home-cooked meals at the Faculty Fellow or Faculty Associate’s home, pumpkin-carving parties, informative panels on how to navigate college and communicate effectively with faculty, excursions to see a theater or musical performance downtown, ice skating in Forest Park, canoe trips, and a variety of other programs and experiences. Several of the Faculty Associates and Fellows often bring their children and/or pets to the Residential Colleges, which allows you to get to know faculty members and their families in an informal, homelike environment. This program will greatly enhance your Residential Life experience! 66


RECEIVING MAIL Each student living on campus is assigned a campus mailbox. South 40 residents will find their mailboxes on the ground floor of Hitzeman House. If you live on the North Side, your mailbox is on the ground floor of Village House. Information about your mailbox can be found in the Residential Life section of WebSTAC. Wondering what your address is? See page 22.

HOUSES VS. HALLS: BREAKING DOWN WASH U’S REPETITIVE NAMING SYSTEM Imagine this: It’s the first day of classes and you finally feel like a real Wash U student. You leave your room in search of your classes with a campus map and your WebSTAC schedule clutched tightly in hand. Already late, you pray that there is at least one upperclass student around who can tell you how to get to Lopata. Unfortunately, the first lesson you learn as a WU student is that not only do most of the campus buildings look the same, but some apparently share the same name as well. To avoid confusion, here is a list of the places on campus that have similar names and a description of the traits that distinguish them.

Danforth Campus The Danforth Campus includes main campus (academic buildings), the South 40, and the North Side residential area. Since undergraduates spend most of their time on the Danforth Campus, students don’t really use “Danforth” to refer to Wash U’s main campus. Danforth House Danforth House on the South 40 is one of the freshman residence houses. This is usually what students are referring to when they say “Danforth.” Danforth University Center The Danforth University Center, usually referred to as the DUC (pronounced “duck”), is home to dining areas, lounges, meeting rooms, and offices for several student services. Bauer Hall One of the newest additions to the Olin Business School, located across from the Danforth University Center. Brauer Hall One of the newest additions to the School of Engineering, located near Skinker and Forest Park Parkway. Urbauer Hall Urbauer is another building in the School of Engineering and hosts the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. Brookings Hall The big castle-like structure on the east side of campus. It serves as an administration building for the University, housing the offices of the Chancellor, Student Financial Services, Undergraduate Admissions, and more. When people say the word “Brookings” by itself, they generally mean this location. Brookings Residential College Brookings Residential College is located on the South 40, adjacent to the Clock Tower. Brookings Residential College includes Lien House and Gregg House.

Eliot House Eliot House is what students generally mean when they say the word “Eliot” by itself. Eliot House is located on the South 40 and is made up of Thomas Eliot House and Eliot B. Eliot Residential College William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College, named for the University cofounder, is hardly ever referred to by the name “Eliot.” Instead you will frequently hear the nickname WGE (pronounced “wiggy”) used for this residential college. WGE consists of Shepley House, Wheeler House, and Danforth House. It is located on the South 40. Crow Hall Crow Hall, houses the Department of Physics in the College of Arts & Sciences. When people say “Crow” they are usually referring to this location. Crow Residential College Wayman Crow Residential College is located on the South 40. It consists of Dardick House and Nemerov House. People generally refer to this location by its full name, “Wayman Crow.” Cupples I Part of the Engineering complex, located next to the Quad Cupples II Cupples II houses the College of Arts & Sciences and Office of Undergraduate Research; it’s located near Olin Library McMillen Lab McMillen Lab is a chemistry building located near the Engineering complex and is connected to Bryan Hall by a lounge. People will generally say the entire name, “McMillen Lab,” when referring to this location. McMillan Hall McMillan Hall is also located on the Danforth Campus. It houses departments such as Anthropology and Overseas Programs. People will refer to this location as simply “McMillan” or by its full name “McMillan Hall.”

Lee House A freshman residence hall that is paired with Beaumont House to make “Lee/ Beau” Residential College. Lien House A freshman residence hall that is paired with Gregg House to make Brookings Residential College. Lopata Hall Lopata Hall is the main entrance to the Engineering complex and is located across from Sever Hall and Duncker Hall. Engineering IT and the undergraduate Linux labs are located here. Lopata House Lopata House is located on the North Side residential area and is part of the Village. It also has a suite of classrooms; there are sections of Writing I and other classes that meet in Lopata House. Olin Library This is the main library on the Danforth campus, where Whispers Café is located. Olin School This is the name for the Business School, located in Simon, Knight, and Bauer Halls. It’s commonly referred to as “the B school.” Shepley Drive The main road through the South 40, where the Clock Tower is located. Shepley House An upperclass student residence hall that is paired with Danforth and Wheeler to make WGE Residential College. South 40 The southern-most 40 acres of campus where 3,000 students reside. All freshmen live on the South 40. South 40 House An upperclass student residence hall where Bear’s Den and College Hall are located. Commonly referred to as “So-Fo-Ho”.

Knight Center An executive conference center and hotel.

Umrath Hall Umrath Hall is located on the Danforth campus and houses a number of Arts & Sciences academic departments, as well as the Campus Y and the Danforth Center for Religion and Politics.

Knight Hall One of the newest additions to the Olin Business School; it’s located across from the Danforth University Center.

Umrath House Umrath House is a residence house on the South 40, and sits just west of South 40 Center.

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ROOMMATE RELATIONS ZACK PANTER College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 Having a roommate can be tough. Now, let’s say you have two roommates. Finally, throw in the fact that you never wanted a triple; in fact it was one of your last choices. If you haven’t already guessed, this was my reality freshman year. I had been placed in a traditional triple, my fifth choice out of six, and I must admit I was pretty upset when I first saw my assignment. The worst part was the not knowing and the uncertainty of living with not just one, but two strangers. I had so many concerns. What if they’re weird? What if they think I’m weird? What if we’re nothing alike? Over the summer, I did my best to communicate with my roommates. I messaged them both on Facebook, but I only heard back from one. I sent him the typical, “Hey, check WebSTAC if you haven’t already; I’m your roommate!” message, and we talked about getting a fridge and microwave for the room. He said we didn’t need either, and I started to freak out. My other roommate never even answered me, so I assumed he already didn’t like me. Throughout the summer, I was incredibly anxious about meeting them, and when it came time to leave for St. Louis, the thought of living with my roommates still scared me. I arrived at school early to participate in one of the Pre-Orientation programs and walked into my room to find my roommate Fangzhou sitting at his desk. We talked for a little bit, and although I was worried because we really didn’t have much in common, I realized that it didn’t matter whether he was studying the same thing as me or liked to watch the same TV shows as I did. We were living in the same room, in the same residence hall, at the same school. We had plenty to talk about and bonded quickly. I woke up on move-in day ready to meet my other roommate, Gabe. He was the one who had never answered my message. Even worse, the only bed left was the top bunk — he was definitely going to hate me. It turns out that he loved the top bunk... just kidding. But we did make our first compromise by debunking the beds. Throughout the next couple of weeks, we all found out a lot about each other and our quirks. For example, Gabe had very strange working hours. He would either wake up crazy early and then take a nap in the afternoon, or he would wake up in the middle of the afternoon and stay up all night. Although Fang could sleep through an earthquake, I needed the room to be quiet in order to fall asleep, so we compromised. I learned to sleep with the lights on, and Gabe learned to move around the room quietly. Fang just kept sleeping. We also learned that we each have different living styles, especially when it comes to cleaning the room. As in any relationship, we had our disagreements, but we realized that the only way to get through it was to talk it out and find a middle ground. The more we communicated with each other, the happier we were. Two years later, Fang and Gabe are two of my closest friends; in fact, we still live together. The experiences that first-year students go through can have a huge impact on their lives both academically and socially. Being able to come home every night and talk about these things with friends that can understand and appreciate your struggles has made all the difference in the world. Although I came into college anxious about living with two strangers, it didn’t take more than a week for me to feel right at home.



SOME TIPS ON ROOMMATE RELATIONS ›› D  on’t come to college with the expectation of either loving or hating your roommate. Take things as they come and be flexible and willing to compromise. Be patient and exercise tolerance, but don’t let yourself be taken advantage of. ›› Don’t compare your relationship with your roommate to that of your friends’ roommate relationships. Each roommate interaction is unique and what works in one room won’t necessarily fly two doors down. ›› Approach differences in opinion and lifestyle as learning experiences. Don’t be quick to make judgments. Just because your roommate approaches certain aspects of life in a different way than you do does not mean you will not get along. ›› Find a place away from your floor, on or around campus, where you can go when you need some alone time. The rush of college life is fun and exhilarating, but sometimes you may need to have time for you. ›› Don’t be afraid to let people who hang out in your room know when it’s time to leave. Your room is your personal space, and you decide when people come and go. ›› With the aid of your resident advisors, you will work with your roommate or suitemates to complete an agreement — discussing your preferences and expectations for living in a shared space. Take the roommate agreement seriously. You and your roommate may have similar interests, but this doesn’t mean you necessarily have similar living styles. Consider things like cleanliness (is the floor just another shelf or would you prefer it neat?), sleep (is background noise OK? Do you like to sleep in?), guests (so as to avoid coming home to a party you didn’t know about), and temperature (many people have preferences — try to find a compromise if your preference and your roommate’s contrast).

DINING ON CAMPUS MEAL PLANS All meals and food items bought on campus may be paid for with your meal plan that you purchase at the beginning of each semester. Your points are accessed through your WUSTL ID card — all you have to do is swipe your card and the designated points for the food you buy will be deducted. The meal plans at Washington University operate on a “declining balance” program, which offers you flexibility in your spending options. Points may be used at WU Dining Services locations on main campus, on the South 40, in the Village, and for food and beverage purchases in Paws & Go or Millbrook Market, the two convenience stores on campus. Your points are awarded on a semester basis, and unused points expire at the end of the academic year. In the event that you exhaust your meal plan, you can purchase your meals using the (optional) Bear Bucks account. Meal purchases remain tax-exempt when using Bear Bucks. IMPORTANT NOTES ›› Freshmen must have a Gold or Silver meal plan during the academic year. ›› Upperclass, transfer, and commuter students can choose any meal plan. ›› Residents of the Millbrook Square or Village East apartments must have the On-Campus Apartment plan or larger. ›› The Off-Campus meal plan is available to students living in offcampus Residential Life housing or commuting to campus.

Here is the breakdown of the meal plans that you can opt for in 2014-2015: PLAN NAME


















To help you decide which plan is best for you, review the following descriptions of the main plans:

GOLD PLAN This plan is designed for the individual that requires

more calories due to a very active lifestyle. If this describes you, then the Gold Plan is for you.

SILVER PLAN This is our most popular plan. This plan will best meet the needs of those students who eat three meals a day and enjoy an occasional snack. This meal plan is the minimum required for first-year students and is the most popular plan for our returning students. For more information, visit

WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS WITH DIETARY RESTRICTIONS? Whether you’ve been a vegetarian for years, keep kosher, have a gluten allergy, or another dietary restriction, have no fear, your personal eating plan is easy to follow on campus if you plan ahead. On the menu pages of the Dining Services website,, you will find options for whatever you need — kosher, lacto-ovo, lacto, vegan, and many other eating plans. In addition, you will find the nutritional content of these items.

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Forest Park Parkway


Snow Way Drive

8 Skinker Boulevard

Big Bend Boulevard

3 7

Mudd Field

9 4 5

Francis Field


10 Forsyth Boulevard

Varsity Athletics

Shepley Drive


Buildings in red house dining locations. They are numbered so you can learn a little more about them in the descriptions that follow.

The Swamp

Wydown Boulevard




Serves fresh pastries, breads, bagels, Kaldi’s coffee, and has a convenience store option.


Offers international and grilled specialties, a changing menu, Kaldi’s coffee, and more. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Hours of operation and additional information are posted on the dining website at






This is the most popular place on campus! Offerings in BD include grilled favorites at Grizzly Grill, Latin-inspired treats at ¡Oso Good!, Eastern-influenced eats at World Fusion, pizza and pasta at Ciao Down, hot Kosher meals at L’Chaim, and the very popular Mongolian grill at Sizzle & Stir.


The South 40’s mini-supermarket provides basic convenience items such as milk, cereal, fresh fruit, macaroni and cheese, ice cream, chips and salsa, cookies, crackers, spreads, etc.


Favorite coffee drinks are available to accompany an early morning bagel or late night treat. The café also offers deli sandwiches, soups, and is home to WebFood on the South 40 — our online meal ordering system.






Across from the WU Bookstore, Subway offers fresh sub sandwiches, salads, and more. Sandwiches can come on a variety of breads baked fresh daily.

This dining hall, located in the atrium of the Law School, serves as the dedicated eatery for students enrolled in the law program. The location is open to all members of the community. Bear Bucks are accepted, but they do not participate in the Undergraduate Meal Plan. 7 4





Provides an atmosphere for studying or relaxing with Kaldi’s Coffee, bubble tea, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and soup.


Serving great bagels, sandwiches, and gourmet coffee. Bear Bucks are accepted, but they do not participate in the Undergraduate Meal Plan. 8



Offers a wide variety of lunch foods such as fresh sandwiches, salads, meat and veggie paninis, soups, and hot dogs, as well as baked goods and beverages.



It is the place to go for an early morning espresso, coffee, pastries, or breakfast sandwich. Later in the day, stop in for a Jamba Juice smoothie, hot sandwich, and a cold beverage.





The main dining location on central campus features four serveries: Trattoria Verde, Wash U Wok, 1853 Diner, and DeliciOSO. Also located in the servery is George’s Express, a pick-up point for our WebFood online ordering system.

This absolutely stunning café area is a place to relax with fresh food and good company. Provides freshly carved meat selections, paninis, soups, pastries, and Kaldi’s coffee.


This full-service, sit-down restaurant offers a great atmosphere and unique menu offerings. It’s a great place to unwind at the end of the day.




The café offers fresh salads, baked goods, soups, sandwiches, and features Kaldi’s Coffee.

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HOME PLATE ENJOY DINNER WITH A LOCAL FAMILY! Being settled in at school does not mean you stop yearning for a home-cooked meal and the sounds of home. If you want to make a connection with a St. Louis family for home cooking and friendship, the Home Plate program is just the thing. Sponsored by Risa Zwerling Wrighton, wife of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, Home Plate matches you with an area family with whom you can visit several times throughout the school year for informal meals and dinnertime conversation. Over 800 students participate in Home Plate and more than 300 families enjoy being hosts. If you are interested in participating in this program, please visit or e-mail You may also visit our Facebook page at Home Plate – Washington University.

I’ve really enjoyed my Home Plate experience. It feels good getting off campus for a few hours, especially when I want a home-cooked meal. Home Plate is also a great way to meet new people, both Wash U students and local St. Louis families.

– J osh Meyerson Class of 2016, College of Arts & Sciences

I joined Home Plate as a sophomore after hearing fantastic things about it from my friends freshman year. The program gives you a home away from home, and a home-cooked meal every now and then just hits the spot! – Vincent Ann Class of 2016, College of Arts & Sciences

SAFETY WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT The Washington University Police Department, also known as WUPD, is a law enforcement team that offers foot, bicycle, and car patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week. WUPD officers possess the same authority on campus as St. Louis County police officers. According to Don Strom, Chief of University Police, “We have a very safe campus, but no place is immune from crime. The key to reducing crime is responsibility for oneself, others, and one’s personal property. Most crimes committed are ‘crimes of opportunity,’ which can be avoided by taking some simple preventative steps.” To help you feel safe and secure on campus, Washington University has also developed initiatives to both enhance your personal safety and protect your property. Some of these programs include:

BEAR PATROL: Bear Patrol is a team of students who patrol the

Washington University campus at night and provide escorts to students, faculty, and staff. This service is especially convenient for escorts from Olin Library.

BICYCLE REGISTRATION AND LOCK PROGRAM: Bicycles may be registered free of charge through WUPD. Kryptonite U-Bolt bike locks can be purchased from WUPD for $20. Students who purchase a lock are automatically entered into the Bicycle Registration program.




Lien House, Lower Level Enter on Shepley Drive 314.935.5555

EMERGENCY TELEPHONES: The blue light emergency tele-

WUSTL POLICE Put this number in your phone!

314.935.5555 TOP SAFETY TIPS ›› Lock your room door whenever you leave and when you’re sleeping. ›› Never prop open exterior building doors. ›› Don’t allow people to tailgate (follow behind you) into your building. ›› Call the police at first sight of a suspicious person in the building. ›› Never leave your valuables unattended, even in common study areas. ›› Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially after dark.

phone system is a series of highly visible telephones strategically located throughout the Danforth Campus and extending into areas of University-owned off-campus housing. Pushing the red button connects the phone to the Washington University Police Department and help is dispatched immediately.

FIST FULL OF FIVES: Both WUPD and EST (Emergency Support Team) can be reached on campus by dialing 5-5555. Easy to remember, easy to use. From off campus or using your cell phone, dial 314.935.5555. LOST AND FOUND: WUPD administers the online Lost and Found program. This site gives the campus community the ability to report lost property, view a list of found items, or register their personal items online. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to register their serialized property for ease of identification in the event the item is ever lost or stolen. This site can be found on the WUPD website. OPERATION ID: This program encourages students to record the

serial numbers of their valuables on an inventory card to give to a parent or a friend for safe storage, and to engrave their student ID number or driver’s license number on the property. WUPD has inscribing devices available in their office free of charge.

RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE SYSTEMS (RAD): RAD for Women, RAD for Men, and Advance RAD are 12-hour self-defense programs offered free to students and staff. The programs teach awareness, risk reduction, avoidance, prevention, and basic selfdefense techniques — all led by certified instructors. For more information, visit or call 314.935.5084. STOP TAGS: The most popular targets for both casual and

experienced thieves are computers, in particular laptops. WUPD provides a low-cost option for deterring theft of your computer or other valuables by putting a patented security plate on your equipment that is so strong that removal of the security plate will alter the item, making it easy to identify, but without damaging it. Each plate bears a unique barcode and a toll-free telephone number to call in case lost or stolen equipment is found. Also, a permanent tattoo bearing the number is chemically etched into the equipment and all vital information regarding your equipment, such as make, model, serial number, and owner, is registered with STOP.

TRANSPORTATION: The University provides a variety of

transportation services, both on and off campus. For more details about these options, please see the Parking and Transportation section of this publication (page 122).

WHISTLE ALERT PROGRAM: WUPD offers a metal whistle for

University students, faculty, and staff. The whistle can signal for help and alert others to call the police. Whistles are available in the Communications Center of the Police Department. Upon receipt of the whistle, you are instructed to refrain from blowing it except for emergencies.

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KNOW “WHERE TO GO” IN AN EMERGENCY Washington University is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community. Emergencies or disasters can happen at any time and usually occur without warning. When an emergency strikes at Wash U, our safe and prompt recovery will depend on existing levels of preparedness and a thoughtful response among students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

WHEN A CRISIS OCCURS You will have multiple ways to obtain information about the status of a crisis, when one takes place at Washington University.

WEBSITE: Visit the University’s website New information will be posted to the site continuously. If there is no current emergency, the site will say so.

HOTLINE: You can listen to frequently updated voice messages by calling the University hotline: 314.935.9000 (5-9000 from a campus phone), or 888.234.2863 (out of area)

EMAIL: Check your email for updated information. EMERGENCY MESSAGES: Washington University has es-

tablished a service to have emergency text and voice messages sent to your cellular, campus, and/or home phone. If you have not already done so, register at

KEEP YOUR INFORMATION CURRENT Washington University can only get emergency information to you if the University knows how to reach you. Confirm that your contact information is correct, including home phone number, cell phone number, email and campus address, and who to contact if you are ever injured. Confirm your information on the WebSTAC site at



WASH U NIGHTLIFE MEGAN SIMMONS College of Architecture | Class of 2016

ZACK PANTER College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 Coming to college, we found ourselves immersed in a community that has allowed us to thrive not only academically, but also socially. The friends we made across campus, from our freshman floors to various clubs and organizations, were all very committed to their studies, but we still had a variety of fun nighttime adventures to de-stress, some of which we have catalogued for you. 9. Apples to Apples. The first week of school, my floor got together to play a raucous game of Apples to Apples in our common room. By the end of the night, I had 30 new friends and tons of hilarious memories to go along with them. 8. Movie night. At the beginning of freshman year, my roommates and I made a list of movies we wanted to watch. Because I’m from Miami, I tend to hibernate during the winter. So, during those cold winter nights when I was scared to venture outside, we would gather all the warm blankets we could find, order in some Dough to Door (fresh cookies delivered to the South 40!), and have a relaxing night watching movies in our PJs. 7. Pancake party. During my first weekend at school, my roommate noticed I was feeling a bit homesick. I had recently told him that every Sunday morning my dad would make pancakes for my family, so at 12 AM Sunday morning, he surprised me with a midnight pancake buffet. Chocolate chip pancakes have never tasted so good. 6. Late night dance parties. In my common room freshman year, we used to have impromptu 10-minute dance parties when we’d get stuck on homework. Dancing was a great way to get our energy out and a fun way to bond while still getting work done. 5. N64 Super Smash Bros. ’Nough said. 4. The Loop. Home to Fitz’s Soda Bar and Grill, a St. Louis specialty. Their floats are to die for, and their menu for different fizzy beverages is longer than some essays I wrote in high school. They have smiley-face french fries and pool tables upstairs. Win-win. Not to mention the crazy number of quirky shops and delicious restaurants that also reside on the Loop. (Other favorites include Pi Pizza, Cheese-ology, Avalon Exchange, and Blueberry Hill) 3. Snowball fight. It usually doesn’t snow that much in St. Louis, but when it does, you can almost guarantee a South 40-wide snowball fight. My freshman year, I came back from a volleyball tournament to find the swamp covered in beautiful white snow, happy snowmen, and students throwing snowballs in every direction. The night ended with a cup of hot chocolate from Bear’s Den with the rest of my freshman floor. 2. A cappella concerts. My friend and I went to Bear’s Den to grab dinner before she went to an a cappella concert. It turned out that she had an extra ticket and invited me to go. We ended up sitting in the front row and getting serenaded by a whole crew of singers. Best impromptu decision ever! 1. City Museum and a Light-Saber Battle. My friends and I took a trip to the wonderful City Museum for a night of childlike fun. We happened upon a bunch of light sabers and figured that we would have an epic battle of light-up awesomeness. Apparently, these light sabers were not meant for actual battle, and they quickly broke. As you can see, we keep pretty busy around campus. Every moment offers something new to experience from President Clinton speaking for the Clinton Global Initiative, to Diwali (an annual cultural performance in Mallinckrodt), to a concert at the Gargoyle, all in one night! We guarantee that, with a little creativity and some goofy new friends, you can find the Wash U nightlife that’s perfect for you!

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Olin School of Business Class of 2015


Olin School of Business Class of 2015


Olin School of Business Class of 2015


It’s the first Friday night after a tough week of classes, and you’re looking for a way to relax and meet new classmates. You leave Bear’s Den after an awesome stir-fry dinner and wander up to your floor to form some plans for the night. As you walk into your room contemplating your options, you get a call from your friend from pre-o inviting you to an upperclass student’s party. While it sounds like a great way to unwind and meet more people, it’s possible that alcohol will be present. What choice do you make? What is Wash U’s policy on alcohol? What is the college party scene like? These questions worried us as we prepared to begin our freshman year. Specifically, we were concerned about alcohol and its use on campus. During the first few days, the Residential Life staff stressed that, according to Missouri law, it is illegal to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol if you are under the age of 21. So do RAs, administrators, and staff roam the hallways looking for students with suspicious-looking red cups? Not exactly. Wash U treats their students as adults — adults who are capable of making responsible choices. College may be the first opportunity you have to make choices about alcohol. Before you get to campus, consider your values and set some guidelines for yourself. Work hard and play hard does not mean study hard and drink hard. Think about how you want to be viewed by other students and staff at Wash U and how your behavior will affect your community, the safety of others, and your personal safety. Let’s say you decide to go to the party. As you mingle with some new people and sigh with satisfaction that you’re finally away from home, you are approached by a very attractive upperclass student. “Want to go to a bar?” you’re asked. You respond that you’re only 18. Their response, “Well do you have a fake ID?” Is the use of fake IDs widespread? What are the repercussions of owning one? Throughout our years at Wash U, we have been consistently informed that fake IDs inevitably lead to trouble. The risk is not worth the excitement. If caught using one, you will, at a minimum, be referred to the Judicial Administrator. If the administrator finds you in violation, you will be sanctioned, which means you may have to do institutional work service and pay a substantial fine. However, that is not even the most important issue — getting caught with a fake ID will result in a judicial record. So when you apply to internships, jobs, graduate schools, or for federal government employment clearance, you will have to disclose the fact that you were disciplined by the University and provide details about the incident. Instead of going to the bars, you decide to stick around the party. After hitting it off with some new friends from a different ResCollege, someone asks if you want to smoke. Regardless of your personal opinions on drug use, it is crucial to know both Wash U’s policy and Missouri law when it comes to illegal substances. Washington University has a zero tolerance policy for drug use. You may wonder how Wash U deals with students who are irresponsible in their approach to alcohol, fake IDs, or illegal drug use. Each situation in which policies are violated is handled on an individual basis. Consequences for your actions may include meeting with your Residential College Director, talking with someone from Health Services, being referred to the Judicial Administrator, and in most cases, the University contacting your parents. Furthermore, if you are caught in violation of Missouri law, you could have criminal charges brought against you. So, how do you interpret all this? Don’t be afraid to have fun, but always be aware of your behavior and the possible consequences. Know when it is time to step back, reconsider your actions, and make a change. College can be a crazy and confusing place, but thinking about your actions ahead of time can make it only that much more safe and fun for yourself and those around you. 76


A HEALTHY FIRST YEAR STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES HEALTH TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR: ›› Join the South 40 Fitness Center, a team, or an intramural (IM) or club sport (great ways to make friends, keep moving, and relieve stress) ›› Check out the foods marked “Connie’s Choice” and other healthy food choices served throughout campus ›› Get your flu shot this fall ›› Wash your hands! ›› Sign up for free stress management sessions through Health Promotion Services ›› If you are sexually active, get tested for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, through Student Health Services ›› (Really) Consider less caffeine and more sleep

While we hope you never catch a cold or have a fever over the next four years, that’s probably not realistic. At some point, you may find that you are not feeling well, or you need advice on some healthrelated issues once the school year starts. If so, you can visit Student Health Services (SHS) in the Habif Health and Wellness Center located in Dardick House on the South 40. The center has Medical, Mental Health, and Health Promotion Services in a state-of-the-art facility. All three services can help you with issues that may come up during your time at Wash U.

MEDICAL SERVICES provides skilled routine medical care, preventive health care, evaluation, and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries, and lab and pharmacy services on-site. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES provides counseling for individuals,

groups, and couples, as well as crisis counseling. Psychiatrists are available to prescribe and monitor medications for several mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

HEALTH PROMOTION SERVICES provides free consultation, programs, and information on issues including stress, sleep, alcohol and other drugs, healthy weight and body image, healthy relationships, and sexual health. Also, don’t miss out on the resource library. If you find you’re not feeling well, you should seek treatment at SHS before attempting to go somewhere else. Staff members are committed to taking excellent care of students while supporting your academic experience at Washington University. Also, your Wash U student health insurance plan requires a referral any time care is not provided at SHS. SHS staff members hold all necessary degrees, licenses, and certifications to practice in Missouri. They have particular training and experience in working with university students. They are committed to the growth and personal development of each student within the University community. In addition, they provide consultation to various health-related student organizations and assist with training of faculty and staff who deal extensively with students. Read more about each service and staff member at

Make sure you visit Student Health Services’ Incoming Students website to provide information that ensures you receive the best possible care while at Wash U. Visit incomingstudents.htm to complete forms and learn more about offerings at SHS.

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN All students are required to have adequate health insurance coverage. Information concerning the insurance requirement can be found at Students wishing to participate in the student health insurance plan should go to for information about the plan and costs.

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STUDENTS HELP PEERS WITH HEALTH ISSUES Many Wash U students go through extensive training to serve as peer health educators on a variety of subjects. You are likely to meet a member of one of the many student groups devoted to peer health education, including the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), Phi Lambda Psi (Greek women’s health and wellness honorary), Pride Alliance or Safe Zones (LGBTQIA), Reflections (body image concerns), and Uncle Joe’s (peer counseling and resource center), and several groups devoted to sexual violence risk reduction and survivor support. Most of these groups will be at the Activities Fair in early September to tell you more about what they do and how you can join them. In addition, you can find them online through Student Union’s website,

EMERGENCY SUPPORT TEAM (EST) Alan I. Glass, M.D., director of Habif Health and Wellness Center, is the medical director of EST, a student organization that serves as first responder when there is an emergency on campus. EST is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the academic year. Students who join the team go through an intensive training process and become licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the state of Missouri. All medical treatment provided through EST is confidential. To contact EST, dial 314.935.5555. For information on membership and more, visit

ATHLETIC COMPLEX The Athletic Complex, or AC, is located on the west side of campus, and its indoor facilities include basketball, racquetball, and squash courts; a fitness center; 1/10-mile two-lane jogging track; 25-meter pool; and weight room. The outdoor facilities include six tennis courts, a 400m track, and recreation fields. Construction has begun on the new Sumers Recreation Center, which will feature a suspended jogging track, a three-court gymnasium, two multipurpose rooms, a spinning studio, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The new facilities will debut in the fall of 2016. Until then, students will have access to most of the current exercise equipment and spaces. However, there will be some disruptions and inconveniences during construction. Visit facilities/athletic-complex for updated information.

SOUTH 40 FITNESS CENTER Want a great place to stay fit that’s only steps from your room? Located in the South 40 Center above the dining area, the South 40 Fitness Center has convenient hours, a welcoming atmostphere, and friendly and helpful student staff. It includes cardio equipment with personal televisions, a stretching/core area, a weight area with strength machines and dumbbells, and a lobby with day lockers to store belongings while exercising. And the best part, your membership is part of the Health & Wellness fee so all you need for entrance is your WU ID. In the dance studio, certified instructors from outside gyms offer a variety of aerobics, Pilates, toning, and yoga classes at affordable prices. Other services available are onehour massages and personal training, which you can sign up for online or at the gym. For additional information visit the website,



SUSTAINABILITY Washington University’s commitment to being a sustainability leader is woven throughout all aspects of the undergraduate experience — from the courses you will take, to faculty research, to the way you will live on campus. Sustainability is a major part of the Wash U culture. Here are some important ways you can be part of this commitment: ›› Study sustainability. Consider majoring or minoring in one of WUSTL’s sustainability-related programs. Regardless of your major, explore how your field can help develop sustainable solutions. ›› Refuse single-use. Carry a reusable water bottle. Eat on dishware at major campus eateries. If you need to take your food/drink to-go, use the reusable Eco To-Go box or a reusable mug and get discounts! Go to for more information. ›› Conserve Energy. Bring LED or CFL lights and Energy Star appliances to campus. Always turn off lights when you leave rooms on campus. Coordinate with your roommate(s) to share appliances and turn off or unplug devices when not in use. Set thermostats between 67 and 70 degrees during cold months and 73 to 76 during warm months. Wash clothes with cold water and use a drying rack to reduce GHG emissions and make them last. ›› Recycle. Campus has an easy single stream recycling system – all paper, cans, glass, and plastic go in the same bin. Almost everything can be recycled. If in doubt, recycle! Go to for more information. ›› Compost. Compost at Bears Den, the DUC, and the Village to help WUSTL move towards being zero landfill. ›› Join a student organization. WU has 15+ organizations focused on various aspects of sustainability. Run to become your Residential College’s Eco Rep. Learn more and sign-up to receive the Office of Sustainability’s newsletter at

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FINANCES STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES Student Financial Services (SFS) is a student resource for financial assistance information and general money management issues. Located in the lower level of North Brookings Hall, SFS provides services to help students manage their money wisely. These services and resources include: ›› Meet with the Counselor on Duty. If you have questions about financial assistance or would like help planning your budget, just walk in, call, or email to speak with a counselor. ›› Pay your Student Accounting Invoice. SFS is available to answer questions and accept payments; however, it may be more convenient to pay your bill electronically. ›› Obtain an Interest-Free Emergency Loan. An emergency loan may be helpful in some situations. Stop by the SFS office to discuss your situation with a counselor. ›› Visit the Scholarship Resource Center (SRC). As a current student, there are many opportunities to apply for outside scholarships to help with future year costs. For more information, visit the SRC located outside the SFS office, or search the SRC database at ›› Research Student Employment Opportunities. If you are looking for a part-time job, use the SFS job board or login to ‘My FA Access’ at and select ‘Student Employment.’ ›› Establish a Budget. Use the Student Budget Planning Worksheet at and select Budget Worksheet to help plan some of your variable costs and get a clearer picture of the money you will need throughout the academic year.

STUDENT ACCOUNTING Student Accounting is responsible for distributing billing e-statements, receiving payments to your student billing account, and helping you understand your billing invoice. Other primary functions include disbursing refunds and producing 1098-T forms.

ACCESS YOUR BILLING INFORMATION ›› Login to WebSTAC and select Billing Records. Select Pay/View My Bill to access your billing statement. ›› Invite other payers to receive your monthly billing statement under My Profile/Invite Other Payer. All other information in WebSTAC will remain private. ›› Students can view current transaction activity on WebSTAC under Billing Records/Account Inquiry at any time. Your first billing statement will be issued electronically in early July. Invoices are generated on the last business day of the month for accounts with a balance. There are many methods of payment available. Visit our website to learn more.



HOURS Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM PHONE 314.935.5900 888.547.6670 EMAIL WEBSITE


Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 314.935.5274 800.758.0050

BEAR BUCKS The Bear Bucks account is an optional cashless system for purchasing select on-campus and off-campus services. Bear Bucks can be used for undergraduate residential laundry services, at select vending machines, for various printing services, and at all dining locations. Bear Bucks may be used at several campus businesses including the WU Campus Store, Edison Theatre, Bear Necessities, Wash-UWash, and a variety of student group events and activities. Select businesses off campus also accept Bear Bucks.

Bear Bucks is accepted at over 50 off-campus locations as well as the following places on campus: ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Bear Necessities Charles Knight Center Dining Room CS40 Edison Theatre Einstein Bros Bagels South 40 Fitness Center Student Union Wash-U-Wash WU Campus Store Wydown Water

Visit for a complete list of locations that accept Bear Bucks.

Bear Bucks is accessed through your Washington University ID card; the same card that you will use for identification, building access, and your meal plan. Students can initially purchase Bear Bucks on their housing application and manage their Bear Bucks account through WebSTAC. Up to $1,000 may be billed to a student account through WebSTAC each semester. Other Bear Bucks facts: ›› Ninety-eight percent of all undergraduate students have a Bear Bucks account. ›› Funds remain available until you leave the University. ›› Additional funds may be added to the account with a credit or debit card via Guest Deposit on

BANKING OPTIONS While it may be easier to maintain a relationship with the bank you use at home, many students find that it works in their favor to have an account with a local bank. Bank of America has a full-service branch located right on campus on the second floor of Mallinckrodt Center (close to the Bunny). In addition, Bank of America ATMs are located on the South 40, the Village, and by Seigle Hall.

TIPS ON MANAGING YOUR MONEY ›› Record all checking account transactions as you make them ›› Reconcile your checking account at least once a month and check your online bank statement ›› Establish a savings plan, and try to set money aside for emergencies ›› Avoid unnecessary purchases, especially with credit cards ›› For help, contact a Student Financial Services counselor, at

A NOTE ON CREDIT CARDS A credit card can be convenient, but be sure to use it wisely. Carry only the minimum number of credit cards you actually need. Be aware of your credit account balance at all times, make your monthly payments on time, and make sure you have a plan to pay off your charges before making a purchase using credit. To prevent being a victim of credit card fraud, you must do all you can to guard yourself and your funds. Always check to make sure you know exactly where your credit cards are, and consistently check the statements. In the event that your credit card is lost or stolen, immediately notify the credit card company.

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TECHNOLOGY ON CAMPUS STUDENT TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (STS) STS supports Washington University students in addressing their technology needs and services. STS primarily provides support services for the technology used by residential students. Those services include virus removal, high speed internet connectivity (both wired and wireless), telephone services (including emergency text messaging), cable television, printing, computer labs, and a variety of help desk answers for student questions. Our student techology coordinators (STCs) serve within the residential colleges as the “first face” of STS for student residents.

STUDENT TECHNOLOGY COORDINATORS Each residential college has a student technology coordinator (STC) who resides in the college and provides quick answers to technology questions for residents. This person is the liaison between STS and students and can provide you with updated information about current and future technology initiatives. It is strongly suggested you get to know your STC as soon as you move in.

LAB SERVICES There are computer labs in each residential college where students may get access to printing and to the Internet if they do not have personal computers. Students may print from their room to any network printer in the residential area. The STS website has directions for how to set up your computer to reach any printer so you do not need to worry about bringing a printer from home.

STUDENT TELEPHONE SERVICES All rooms are wired to connect to the University’s telephone system. You may request to have the line activated and a telephone handset placed in your room once you arrive on campus. There is no charge for local telephone service, and you may contract with Telephone Services to use the University’s low-cost long-distance network, as well as other services. The system allows you to make direct calls, place collect calls, or use a calling card, depending on the services you choose.

CELL PHONE SERVICE EXPECTATIONS Five major cell phone providers have cell sites on or near the Washington University Danforth Campus. For current information about cell phone carriers and their presence on the Danforth Campus, please visit the Student Technology Services web page at If you do not currently have a cell phone plan, we recommend making cell phone arrangements while on campus during Bear Beginnings. The advantages of local cell phone service include: ›› A local telephone number will make connecting with the University and local services easier and less expensive. ›› A local carrier contact can answer specific questions about coverage and be responsive to issues while you are here. ›› Pricing terms are available to students and staff and that may be advantageous to other plans. For those families that already have a cell phone plan, we recognize it may not be best for your circumstances to make additional local cell phone arrangements. We do, however, recommend you check with your current cellular service provider for details and commitments for their coverage within the University residential area.



LOCATION Gregg House, Lower Level HOURS (help desk, academic year) Sunday – Thursday 12 PM - 12 AM Friday and Saturday 12 PM - 6 PM PHONE 314.935.4688 (business) 314.935.7100 (help desk) EMAIL WEBSITE

HELPFUL TECHNOLOGY TIPS AND INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS TECHNOLOGY AND COPYRIGHT: IS COPYING EVER RIGHT? It is important to understand copyright laws apply to all intellectual works. We aren’t just talking about music and movies, but also software, photos, articles, and websites, for example. Only the copyright owner has the right to reproduce and distribute his or her work. Sharing copyrighted material without the owner’s permission is a violation of the law and can lead to serious legal sanctions. Washington University takes violations of copyright laws seriously, but it does so in the best interest of the students. Even if you don’t agree with the stance Washington University and other institutions have taken on this matter, it is in your best interest to refrain from engaging in this illegal activity. First of all, many of the methods used to share copyrighted material can cause serious problems to your computer, such as viruses and the installation of spyware software. Secondly, a blemish such as a violation of the law on your permanent record is less than desirable. If you are caught, you will be notified immediately and will have to speak with the appropriate authorities. File sharing is dangerous, both for your computer and yourself, and it simply isn’t worth it. For your sake and the sake of others, please find legal ways to acquire copyrighted material.

SAFE COMPUTING — GET FREE TOOLS FROM STS Each student at Washington University may download a free copy of Symantec Antivirus for his or her computers. Also, STS provides downloads for Ad-Aware and Spy Bot. Each of these products will help protect you from viruses or other vulnerabilities that exist today, particularly from the Internet. Downloads are available from the STS home page, Students who use Microsoft Office should always set their computers to receive upgrades from Microsoft as they are released. You can set your computer for automatic updates so you won’t have to remember to do it yourself. The technicians at the STS help desk (in Gregg Store Front) can help you set this up, or the STC in your residential college may also assist you.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU This summer, remember to pack all the cables, cords, connections, manuals, and CDs for all the software installed on your machine. Remember to bring the information about your computer’s warranty (who to call) so you can get warranty service. STS cannot provide any hardware support for your machine (which could violate your warranty) but we can assist you with getting connected to a vendor for help.

WHAT IF I DO NOT BRING A COMPUTER? Labs equipped with a printer, a scanner, and multiple computers are located in each residential college (see the STS web page for a complete listing). On the Danforth Campus, each school has a computing center. Plus, there are multiple computing locations within Olin Library including public computers on each level, the Arc Technology Center, and Whispers Café.

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UNIVERSITY STORES WU CAMPUS STORE The Washington University Campus Store, located in Mallinckrodt Center, is your “door to more” providing key academic resources and services to the University community. This is the place to purchase your course books as well as general and reference books. If you don’t see the book you need in the store, go to to shop the Follett network of stores. There are no shipping charges for in store pick up. Since we stock a wide variety of Washington University licensed apparel and gifts, you can be assured of the finest quality and selection. You can also find school, art, and architecture supplies, as well as technology hardware, supplies, and peripherals. The WU Campus Store gives back to Wash U by providing course book scholarships and supporting on-campus organizations, campus events, charities, and student groups. You can get everything you need at the WU Campus Store in store or online at!

COURSE MATERIALS The WU Campus Store can assist you with all your course material needs. (See page 14.)

COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT Located within the Campus Store, the computer and technology department carries an expanded selection of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and supplies.

HARDWARE Apple. As an Apple reseller, the Campus Store stocks the latest in Apple laptops and desktops at educational discounts (academic ID is required). Computers are available in-stock or configured-toorder. The iPad is available at the Campus Store, and we are still the place to go for all your iPod and iPhone accessories. HP. The Campus Store offers select Dell configurations at educational discounts (academic ID is required) as a PC option on campus. Tablets. In addition to the iPad, the Campus Store also offer Aesus and Samsung Galaxy! Peripherals and Supplies. The Campus Store carries a complete line of mice, keyboards, laptop sleeves, protective gear for tablets and phones, bags and locks, and external hard drives. They also stock everything you need to complete your assignments from printers, paper, and ink to flash drives and CD/DVD-Rs. We even carry Echo Smartpens and Wacom Tablets!

SOFTWARE The Campus Stores offers the newest software available in academic licenses, including major releases from Adobe, Norton, and EndNote. MS Office 365 is available for PC and Mac to students for $79.95. Hundreds more academic software titles are available to be shipped through




Mallinckrodt Center, Danforth Campus 314.935.5500

BEAR NECESSITIES Need to grab a notebook, pen, or some medicine? Looking for Wash U gifts or great Wash U attire for you or your friends? Check out Bear Necessities, a not-for-profit gift and convenience store, operated by the Women’s Society of Washington University in St. Louis, located on the South 40. The store specializes in Washington University logo apparel, school supplies, health and beauty aids, and yummy custom-made birthday cakes. It can also make balloon bouquets for any occasion. You can order gifts online, call and talk with a personal shopper, or shop between classes. All proceeds fund student projects and scholarships. Bear Necessities is not affiliated with the WU Campus Store.

LOCATION Umrath House, South 40 PHONE 314.935.5071 WEBSITE

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OUR NAMES, OUR STORIES At Washington University, we strive to know all students by name and story. While some of us may share names, we all have our own unique story to tell. This section aims to share some of those stories with you. The university also aims to be a supportive, inclusive, and diverse community. To this end, we hold the following values for our campus.

COMMUNITY VALUES STATEMENT FOR WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS We, as members of the Washington University community, strive to ENGAGE, LEARN, RESPECT, and INCLUDE to know each other by name and story.


• We are valued members of the Washington University community • We seek out different perspectives and experiences. • We share our stories and listen to others.


• We hold the courage to speak up, take risks and make mistakes. • We challenge ourselves to think critically and reflect upon our actions and words. • We discover and explore identity.

• We act with kindness and empathy. • We are responsible to our community and for our actions. • We will forgive and be forgiven.

• We welcome differences as well as commonalities. • We learn from others. • We value others.





SECTION CONTENTS ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

The Wash U Bubble Starting School As Getting Connected A New and Diverse Community Cultural Connections

THE WASH U BUBBLE A WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH UNIVERSITY WITH THE FEEL OF A SMALL COLLEGE. Wash U might be a campus of 13,000 students (about 6,400 undergraduates), but our medium-size research university often feels like a smaller liberal arts college thanks to all of the opportunities you’ll have to get to know other students and faculty members. See what we mean:


Studied abroad together in France

Jason Silberman 2015 Jason was Michael’s WUSA

Natasha Scaria 2014

Roommates Jenna Epstein 2016

Both in Diwali

FYC Execs


Mary Katherine Hofssietter 2016

Members of chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma

Research Assistants in same psych. lab

Chi Omega fraternity for women

Megan Simmons 2016

Courtney is Megan’s RCD

Both participated in LAUNCH pre-o

Nitysari Sankar 2016 Same freshman floor

Glenna Siegel 2016

Michael Bui 2016

Arielle Lang 2015 Both were WUSAs in Beaumont

Courtney Brewster Residential College Director, Park/Mudd Staff/Faculty members at Wash U.

Jordi took positive psych. taught by Prof. Bono

Sigma Nu fraternity for men Gabe Dash 2016

Haley Moore 2016

Jordi Turner 2016

Tim Bono Faculty Member, Psychology Dept. Our Names, Our Stories


Hey there! It’s the First Year Center Executive Board again. We each arrived at Wash U with a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences, and we know the same is true for you as well. These experiences influenced our expectations about starting school at WU. We wanted to share some of our reflections with you about arriving at WU. We hope our stories will help you frame your own expectations and alleviate some of the nervousness you may be feeling. Each of these stories was written by one of us. Enjoy!

WHO’S WHERE? A Student from a Small Town A Student from a Small High School A Student with Dietary Restrictions A Student on Financial Aid A Student with a Learning Disability A Spiritual Student An LGBT Student A Multicultural Student The First Child to Go to College An International Student A Student from the South A Student from the West Coast A Student from the East Coast

Visit for additional student stories and insights. Other Starting School As stories include: A Pre-Med Student A Student from the Midwest A Student from a Close-Knit Family A Student from a Large High School A Student from a Public School A Student from an All-Boys High School A Student the First Time Away from Home The Youngest Child



STARTING SCHOOL AS . . . A STUDENT FROM A SMALL TOWN After attending high school in a central Illinois town with a population of 3,000 people, I was really excited to come to St. Louis and check out what living in the city was all about. I had been to St. Louis before, but I was excited to become “a local.” When I got here, I was ready to start exploring the area and find out where the best Mexican food was, where the best movie theater was, and where to find the best coffee. I’m not going to lie though; it was scary coming to a university where the campus population well outnumbers the population of my hometown and is located in a city with a population that is unthinkably huge compared to what I was used to. Back home, everybody knew everybody, and I felt like my entire town had my back. I was worried I would be alone at school and wouldn’t be able to depend on anyone. But when I got to Wash U, I realized that even though there seemed to be a ton of people, campus became comfortable really fast. My RAs and WUSAs helped me adjust, and my freshman floor became a community of support, just like the one I was used to back home. I have come to love the city of St. Louis because it mixes the best of both worlds: the resources that come with living in a city and the friendly, Midwestern feeling of a small town. So with this in mind, get ready to build your new community and to embrace your home away from home at Wash U.

A STUDENT FROM A SMALL HIGH SCHOOL In high school, I knew everyone in my grade, everyone in my school, and everyone’s family as well. While I was excited about coming to college and having the opportunity to meet a group of diverse new people and make new friends (for the first time in six years), I was also quite anxious about going to college. I could not fathom sitting in lectures larger then my graduating class — let alone ones bigger than my entire high school. I knew I would have to make college feel small by being socially active in the residence halls and getting involved in extracurricular activities. The first step I took was to sign up for a pre-orientation program; there are 17 of them to choose from, so it wasn’t hard to find one that matched my interests. Doing a pre-o was a great decision; I started school with 50 other freshmen whom I knew well and could rely on to make the first few days of school a little less daunting. Even without a pre-o, though, the transition from a small high school to Wash U is easy. Bear Beginnings was the perfect mix of getting to know people (especially those on my floor) and acclimating to college life in general. By the time I had my first 100-plus-person class, my anxiety had washed away, and I was too busy to be nervous. All of my professors were easily accessible, and many even knew my name, which certainly helped me feel more comfortable in large classes. I have come to love Wash U’s size. It is small enough that I am always sure to see someone I know when walking around campus, working in the library, or grabbing a quick bite to eat in the DUC or BD. At the same time, it is large enough that I am constantly meeting new people and I don’t feel constricted like I did in high school.

A STUDENT WITH DIETARY RESTRICTIONS As a student with Oral Allergy Syndrome, which renders me allergic to raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, and soy products, being able to eat — and especially finding food with nutritional value — is a tricky task. So on top of all of the concerns leaving home brings, I was anxious about trying to find well-balanced meals when I arrived at Wash U. However, all of my fears disappeared once I realized how many resources are available to students with restrictive diets, including students who have food allergies or eat vegetarian, vegan, kosher, or halal. I had the impression that, due to my limited diet, I would be eating the same few foods for every meal. Much to my surprise, there are a variety of options available. During orientation, our director of university nutrition, Connie Diekman, and the chefs on the South 40 hosted two information sessions for students and their families to discuss how all dietary needs can be met. Ingredient lists are readily available (both online and on location), and chefs at all of the dining locations are more than happy to accommodate any specific needs. Additionally, the online WebFood service allows students to preorder gluten-free or kosher meals. Kosher and gluten-free meals are also available at the various stations in the DUC, the main dining hall on campus, and Bear’s Den, the main dining hall for the South 40. From the kosher station to the choose-your-ingredients stir fry to the salad bar in Paws & Go, I have never found myself struggling to find a new, delicious meal to try. Wash U’s Dining Services makes a real effort to cater to every student’s needs. Whatever your restrictions or preferences, choosing a meal at school is not a concern, but a treat.

A STUDENT ON FINANCIAL AID At a private institution like Wash U, it can be a bit daunting to come in as a student on financial aid who just wants to find her niche in a new community. At first, I was genuinely scared that people would see right through me and know that I had to be receiving financial aid to be able to attend a school like Wash U. I thought I would miss out on aspects of college life because I didn’t have the same resources as my peers. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Not a single person has ever treated me differently, and I don’t foresee that happening. In fact, people have no idea who receives scholarship money and who doesn’t, and they don’t invade your privacy to interrogate you just to find out. There are students receiving financial aid across a very wide spectrum and whether you choose to share where you fall in that spectrum is completely up to you. But rest assured, no one will treat you any differently. For the most part, your peers just want to learn from you and understand how your unique background has impacted your life and how you want it to shape your future. I am not the primary person in my family that deals with paying for college, but my parents rave about how incredible the staff at Student Financial Services (SFS) is. Despite my family’s financial needs changing, my

financial package has always kept pace. SFS has helped alleviate some of the stress that paying for college can bring and has allowed me to focus on enjoying my time at Wash U. While here, I have never felt left out of any meaningful or fun opportunities. I received help from SFS to get a job on campus that fits my schedule, and I have actively participated in countless entertaining and unforgettable events that Wash U puts on throughout the year that never cost a cent. So while college as a whole may seem a bit overwhelming, your financial aid status will never get in the way of defining your college experience. It can be exactly what you want it to be.

A STUDENT WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY Growing up with dyslexia, I was never personally responsible for making sure I got the accommodations I needed. My school and my parents took care of everything; I just needed to use the resources they put in place for me. In college, however, that all changed for me (and it likely will for you too). If you will be 18 or older when you come to Wash U, your parents will not be able to secure accommodations for you. In college and beyond, you must take the initiative and be your own advocate. For me this was a big shift; no longer did everything just fall into my lap. I had to take responsibility so that I could receive the resources that I needed to succeed. I was, of course, afraid that I would mess up and wouldn’t get the help and accommodations that I needed. Luckily, Wash U has an amazing place called Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning, which houses Disability Resources. Cornerstone has a large full-time staff whose sole purpose is to help students succeed. As soon as I went to Disability Resources, all my anxieties disappeared. They sat down with me, asked me what I needed to succeed, and then told me exactly what to do so I could receive the proper accommodations. I have never once felt ashamed of my learning disability or of the resources I receive. Students and faculty alike have all been respectful of my needs and courteous of my accommodations. Because of the hard work of the Cornerstone staff and the initiative that I took, I have been able to succeed at a higher level than I ever thought possible. Finally, here are some tips if you think you may qualify for accommodations: ›› Be proactive and don’t procrastinate. As soon as you know you are coming to Wash U, contact Cornerstone ( so you can begin the process and everything can be set up by the time classes begin. ›› Follow deadlines. If you qualify for accommodations, you need to meet deadlines in order to receive them for classes or tests. ›› If you have a question or concern, speak up. This is the easiest way to make sure everything goes smoothly for you. Our Names, Our Stories


A SPIRITUAL STUDENT Growing up, I attended a small Jewish day school from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. Coming to Wash U, I worried how I would be received as an observant orthodox Jew, and how I’d maintain my practices so far from home, family, and community. I was soon to find out I had nothing to worry about. I got involved with Hillel and Chabad, two phenomenal organizations that help foster Jewish life on campus. But through my involvement with the religious community, I have also come into contact with the Catholic Student Center and the Muslim Student Association, which are both filled with some of the most devoted, inspiring, and supportive people I’ve met — now some of my closest friends. Wash U hosts a plethora of opportunities to be actively involved in any faith; the community is amazingly strong and supportive. Wash U always goes the extra distance to ensure that practicing any faith is easily doable on campus, whether it’s providing meals that are certified Kosher or Halal, supporting student groups, or hosting Interfaith Week. But even more amazing are the students, who come from such a diverse background of faiths and traditions, yet who still share in my core values, and who consistently challenge my own understanding of who I am as a religious Jew. Having an open mind and inquisitive attitude has afforded me fantastic experiences and opportunities for personal growth. Having to explain to my friends what my customs are and why they matter to me, and similarly hearing about others’, has reified my own faith while offering a deeper appreciation for the multitude of ways people engage with spirituality. I currently enjoy such genuine relationships with my friends of all faiths, all the while maintaining the traditions with which I was raised.

last winter. Other groups include Queer People of Color, Open, Transcending Gender, and Safe Zones. All the LGBTQIA groups and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership provide great resources to all students and foster a strong community. These resources and a supportive and open-minded student body make Wash U an amazing place to be yourself and gain acceptance. *LGBTQIA: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Questioning Intersex Asexual ‡Trans: Transgender

A MULTICULTURAL STUDENT Growing up in a half-Chinese, half-Italian household, I always celebrated a host of holidays with my family. We had barbecues for the 4th of July and turkey on Thanksgiving, but also red envelopes for Chinese New Year, presents from la Befana on Little Christmas, homemade pasta sauce, and plates upon plates of dumplings. My heritage and all its traditions, customs, and foods have always been of tremendous importance to me, and I wanted to be sure to bring them with me to college. Luckily, Wash U and St. Louis have made that easier than I had ever expected. Wash U has a host of multicultural student groups that celebrate the various cultural heritages of the diverse student body. These groups are open to all students who wish to join, and they put on some incredible events in honor of various holidays and special occasions. Coming from such a food-centric family, it’s also nice to know that I can always venture out into St. Louis for a taste of home. I’ve also met students from a wide variety of backgrounds, who are eager to share aspects of both the heritage we have in common and that which we do not. Wash U has been a wonderful place to celebrate where I come from and to learn about where others do as well.

AN LGBT STUDENT When I came to Wash U, I had only come out to one person, and I wasn’t so sure I accepted myself for who I was. I also had trepidations about going to college in Missouri, which (as a big city boy) I thought would be a very conservative place. I wasn’t expecting to openly embrace my sexuality. Lo and behold, I was completely wrong. From the start, I was instantly more comfortable than I had ever been in New York City. I came out to 50 other students my first day during Step-in, Step-out (a popular icebreaker that you will undoubtedly play at some point during college). This was a crazy and exhilarating experience for me; two months before, I had never told anyone I was gay, and now I was coming out to a whole group of new people. Unsurprisingly, they treated me the same. I was no longer afraid to express who I truly was. Wash U has excellent resources for all LGBTQIA* students. Pride Alliance, the largest related student group, has a very diverse membership and puts on great events like Trans‡ Awareness Week, which brought Laverne Cox (from Orange is the New Black) to campus 92


THE FIRST CHILD TO GO TO COLLEGE As the oldest child in the family, I always had certain expectations resting on my shoulders. I was always the responsible one, taking care of my younger sibling and setting an example for him to follow over the years. When my parents needed something to be done, they would call on me to do it. Always. While my brother played his Wii or played catch with his friends, I would pick up the groceries, call Expedia, talk to the neighbors, etc. Over the years, I began to assume that the family depended on me, and that I was self-sufficient enough to do everything by myself. So, naturally, when I came to Wash U, I was not worried about the college experience. After all, how hard could it really be? Calling a doctor when necessary, eating healthy meals, doing my own laundry, and taking advantage of the resources around me: These are the things that I had been doing for years for my family. Yet as easy as it may have seemed, the most difficult part about the college transition was the very quality that I had assumed I had — readiness.

As the oldest child, you may feel like you’re completely prepared for whatever is about to come. You may know what classes to take, how to take care of yourself, and how to use the resources at hand. But just know that no one can be 100 percent ready for college. Whether it’s living with strangers, modifying or completely scrapping your master plan, or even living by yourself, you’ll always encounter something unexpected. But never be afraid of unexpected experiences. Enjoy them! It is college, after all. Also, don’t be afraid to ask others for help. There are countless resources dedicated solely to helping you (yes, you!) in these unexpected situations. You will encounter new experiences every step of the way so expect some chaos, cherish these moments, and be comfortable relying on others for help.

AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT When I started at Wash U, even the word “international student” caused stress and fear for me. I felt as if I was expected to complete two seemingly overwhelming tasks simultaneously: go to college and learn the American way. Sure, I was not the only international student on campus; there were kids from all over the world. Still, I had to learn how to make myself comfortable here. Part of getting comfortable was reconnecting with the people back home and easing the homesickness. I video-chatted with my family and called my friends to see how they were. I hung photos and paintings that I had brought with me so that I could remind myself of home. I even ordered local snacks and drinks from Amazon. Doing these little things reminded me of who I am and where I’m from. But I also knew I had to take a risk. Reminding myself of home was good, but coming to Wash U allowed me the opportunity to expand my horizons and try new things. There were hundreds of clubs and organizations for me to try out, and students were so eager to listen to stories about my experiences, my culture, and my history. So here’s my advice: branch out, take risks, and talk to some new people. Share your story because others will listen to you. If you need help adjusting, Stix International House, home of the Office of International Students and Scholars (, is also a great resource. They have different programs that allow international students to meet one another and form great friendships. All in all, think of Wash U as your new home — meet new people, talk to family and friends, and don’t be afraid to get outside your comfort zone. Don’t worry; we’re all friends here.

A STUDENT FROM THE SOUTH After living most of my life in the big southern city of Atlanta, Georgia, I was not sure exactly what to expect about the culture and lifestyle at a college in St. Louis, Missouri. While most of my friends were able to just hop in their cars and drive an hour or two to a southern state university, I found myself at the airport en route to the Midwest after frantically shoving my belongings

into suitcases and praying that they would not exceed the 50-pound weight limit. Even though I had previously traveled to many places around the world, I realized that this was a more permanent trip, and it was difficult to imagine what settling into a new home would feel like. Although I did not really know what to expect, I am glad to say that ever since I landed in St. Louis and started classes here at Wash U, I have been met with tons of Midwestern hospitality, which was so comfortable and genuine, I naturally felt at ease. People may not be as excited about college football around here, and the winter weather can get much more frigid, but it was easier than I ever could have imagined to seamlessly integrate into Midwestern life. St. Louis quickly became my other home. The Wash U community is so diverse; there are students from all over the country and the world, so I did not feel out of place or singled out by being from the South. Everyone is different here with unique stories and backgrounds, and that is what makes it an amazing college environment in which to learn and thrive. I know I chose the perfect city in which to make my college home.

A STUDENT FROM THE WEST COAST Oftentimes, people from the West Coast cannot imagine abandoning the Pacific in exchange for flat lands and changeable weather. I’m so glad you’ve made the decision to broaden your horizons by choosing Wash U! Now that you’ve come this far, here are some things you may notice while adjusting to your new home. If you’re like me, the weather is the main aspect of the Midwest that your friends and family have been shivering just thinking about. However, you have nothing to fear as long as you come prepared. Some personal recommendations of mine include a quality winter coat, thick socks, and warm gloves. Though there may be some mornings when putting on the extra layers seems pointless, it will certainly help keep you toasty on your walk to class. The weather is also notorious for changing overnight, so if you don’t like the current temperature, just cross your fingers and wait a bit. I personally loved the changing leaves in the fall and will always remember frolicking in the snow with friends once winter rolled around. After surviving this real weather, you may also discover a newfound appreciation for your hometown climate. Another aspect of the Midwest that struck me immediately was the genuine and friendly demeanor that this part of the country prides itself on. At times, it may feel like people around you are fighting to open doors for you! Though it may take some getting used to, you’ll come to see that this is no ruse and Midwesterners simply enjoy meeting new people and striking up a good conversation. Simply put on a big smile and give yourself extra time when walking around campus, just in case you run into some particularly chatty friends.

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There’s no denying that some aspects of the West Coast are irreplaceable; however, I assure you there are a multitude of new and exciting locations to discover, snow-filled adventures to embark on, and friendly Midwesterners to meet at your new home. In fact, after a little while, you may even find yourself longing to be back in wonderful St. Louis during long semester breaks.

A STUDENT FROM THE EAST COAST Do they have good bagels in St. Louis? No, they really don’t — and the same goes for pizza. Coming to Wash U from New Jersey, I learned that pretty much right away. But so many great things in St. Louis replace those two foods. I traded great but expensive restaurants in NYC for great cheap restaurants in St. Louis. I traded watching the Mets lose for watching the Cardinals win. And I traded bagels for barbeque. St. Louis offers everything that I could want from a city at a much cheaper price than I was ever able to find at home.

Flying back and forth from the East Coast is a collective experience, and each time I know more and more people on the plane. It’s also somewhat overwhelming to meet the shockingly nice TSA agents at Lambert coming from what (in my experience) have been the not-sonice TSA agents in Newark. Kindness doesn’t stop at the airport either; Wash U captures the spirit of the Midwest’s friendliness and shuns lots of the hustle of the East Coast. Many people don’t even cross the street when the hand starts blinking red. What this means in the classroom is peers who are probably more willing to help each other out, and it creates a great Wash U community. Did everyone at home think you were going to school in Seattle? Have you never met anyone from Missouri, and suddenly you’re about to live here? So what? The Wash U community will make you feel at home in no time.

GETTING CONNECTED CENTER FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION In the fall of 2014, Washington University will be opening a new Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The Center will be located on the Danforth Campus and was created following a recommendation of a task force that included students, faculty, and staff. The Center will enhance and strengthen Washington University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community. The Center will support and advocate for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations, create collaborative partnerships with others on campus, and promote dialogue and social change. The Center will be an integral part of the University’s core mission to develop students as future leaders in the diverse global community of the 21st Century. More information is available at

MULTICULTURAL GROUPS Washington University prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive environment. In creating that environment, it provides students with the chance to join organizations that appeal to many different cultural needs and interests. Washington University has many groups aimed at ensuring a welcoming, engaging, and safe environment for students. Many cultures are represented and celebrated. You can find more information about all the different groups and their activities by visiting, meeting with a staff member in Student Involvement and Leadership, or by viewing more information online at

LGBT Washington University is committed to providing a welcoming learning and living environment for all. The coordinator for LGBT Student Involvement and Leadership works with students, faculty, and staff to create such an environment for members of the LGBT community and advises undergraduate student organizations.



MULTICULTURAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS African Students Association, Ashoka, Asian American Association, Asian Multicultural Council, Asian Music Association, Association of Black Students, Association of Canadian Students, Association of Latin American Students, Black Anthology, Black Pre-Law Association, Black Senior Alliance, Chinese Students Association, Hawaii Club, Hong Kong Students Association, Iranian Cultural Society, Italo, Japan Peer Network, Korean International Student Society, Korean Students Association, Lunar New Year Festival, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Mixed, National Black MBA Association, National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, National Society of Black Engineers, PL4Y, Russian Club, Sensasians, Singapore Students Association, Taiwanese Students Organization, Thai Student Association, Turkish Students Association, Vietnamese Students Association, WU Bhangra, WU Chaahat, WU RAAS LGBT STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Open, Pride Alliance, Safe Zones, Transcending Gender

RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Asian Christian Fellowship, Association of Christian Truth Seekers, Baptist Student Union, Bhakti Yoga Club, Campus Outreach, Catholic Student Union, Chabad Student Association, Christians on Campus, College Central, Episcopal Campus Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Year Students of Hillel, Grace Fellowship, Harambee Christian Ministries, Hillel Leadership Council, InterBeliefs Council, LeChayim, Latter Day Saints Student Association, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Muslim Students Association, Overflow, STAMM United Methodist Campus Ministries


RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL LIFE WUSTL is interested in the growth and development of the whole student, including one’s spiritual or religious life. There are many religious groups and opportunities for you on campus as well as a multitude of local worship places to explore. For a list of faith organizations and their contact information, visit community/students/religiouslife.html. If you are interested in finding student groups involved in faith-based activities and programs, check out the online directory of recognized student groups at

SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER The Social Justice Center is the product of a shared vision and a collaborative effort by Washington University administrators, faculty, and students. The SJC serves to centralize the efforts within the university community to combat prejudice and promote social justice. The SJC promotes awareness and understanding of social justice and diversity issues by providing education, facilitation, and resources. The Social Justice Center focuses on: ›› Providing meaningful engagement with social justice issues for students within the Residential Life communities. ›› Involving RA representatives in staffing and programming in the Social Justice Center. ›› Maintaining an up-to-date, exciting library of books, magazines, and film resources on social justice issues. ›› Providing opportunities for dialogue on important issues and current events through the biweekly Java & Justice discussion series as well as our Dinner for a Difference series. ›› Increasing involvement with and collaboration between other diversity-related groups on campus through lasting and meaningful relationships. ›› Connecting the Social Justice Center to other aspects of campus life including academic departments. ›› Advocating for awareness of and attention to the many social justice issues of our community, our campus, and our time.



Washington University values diversity, inclusion, and human dignity, and strives to foster an environment in which all community members are respected and able to take part in academic, co-curricular, and social activities. Unfortunately, though, there are times when an incident may occur that doesn’t fall in line with those values and expectations. The University developed a system through which students, faculty, staff, and community members who have experienced or witnessed incidents of bias, prejudice, or discrimination involving a student can report their experiences to the University’s Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) team. The Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) promotes an inclusive community at Washington University by providing a central, streamlined process for reporting incidents of hate, bias, and/or discrimination involving students. The BRSS is a team of trained Washington University students, faculty, and staff who work to: ›› Support students who have witnessed or been the target of bias-related incidents ›› Refer community members to campus partners, groups, or individuals who can provide ongoing support ›› Inform the community about the frequency and nature of bias incidents reported through the BRSS.

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A NEW AND DIVERSE COMMUNITY SEIKO SHASTRI College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2015 I distinctly remember my first day of orientation. My family hadn’t been able to accompany me, so I had flown from home by myself with everything I thought I would need to start college crammed into two suitcases. When I got to campus, I was overwhelmed by my new environment; there were parents running around holding microwaves and trying to find their kids, horns honking as cars tried to pull up to dorms, and a general sense of excitement and nervousness permeating the air. The entire day rushed past in a fast-forwarded reel of new experiences drenched in anticipation; everything — from trying to find the mailroom to figuring out how to avoid locking myself out of my residence hall — turned into a source of (mis)adventure. There were a lot of things that were new and unfamiliar about starting at Wash U, but what struck me the most were the people I met who came from backgrounds and had identities totally different from my own. Many of my first conversations at Wash U included explaining my mixed ethnic heritage to peers and trying to convince people that not everyone from Minnesota has an accent. I found myself fumbling in embarrassment in conversations about Jewish holidays and practices that I was unfamiliar with, and not entirely understanding what it meant when a classmate, whom I perceived to be a woman, requested I use gender-neutral pronouns like “they” and “their” rather than “she” and “her.” When I came to Wash U, I knew that I was going to be surrounded by a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff, but I didn’t really know what that meant. When we talk about diversity, conversations often tend to focus on race and ethnicity, but being a part of a community of unique individuals is a lot more than that. Our identities are informed by everything from our age and gender to where we grew up and how many siblings we have. As a freshman trying to make new friends, this was a terrifying realization. Diversity was kind of scary! I didn’t want to seem foolish by having to ask questions about people’s identities or experiences that I knew nothing about, and I also didn’t want to offend anyone by saying something ignorant. From conversations with my friends, I know now that this was a common experience for a lot of people. When we first enter into a new community, the differences between ourselves and others can be striking, and it can be uncomfortable to experience this unfamiliarity. That’s ok. But I have learned that it is not useful to ignore those differences because it is through learning about the experiences of others that we better understand ourselves. In many ways, I think that the process of creating community is the most human experience possible — don’t close yourself off to that opportunity! Wash U, just like any other community, is not perfect. There are still many ways that it needs to grow to ensure that everyone is fully welcomed and supported in all their identities. You do not have to make diversity and inclusion your primary passions in life to appreciate their significance. During your time here (and beyond), develop your own passions, interests, and values, but make sure that you welcome and encourage others to do the same. Challenge yourself to truly learn about the people around you and gain a broader appreciation for their experiences, opinions, and ideas. Ultimately, we go to college seeking to develop the way we think — I dare you to enrich the way you look at the world!



CULTURAL CONNECTIONS Some of Wash U’s greatest traditions are the campus-wide cultural shows held throughout the academic year. The four signature events include Diwali, Lunar New Year Festival, Black Anthology, and Carnaval. These performances are put on throughout the year by various student groups and often sell out Edison Theatre. They include skits, dances, and other performances by students.

DIWALI Diwali is a major Hindu holiday known as the “Festival of Lights” and it is celebrated not only by Hindus but also by Jains and Sikhs all across India. At Washington University, Diwali is one of the most widely anticipated and largest student-run productions, drawing participants from many different backgrounds in order to make the show an integrated experience of cultures.

LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL The Lunar New Year Festival is an annual event celebrating the Lunar New Year and promoting awareness of different aspects of East Asian culture from China to Korea and beyond. This spectacular show is completely student-run and promotes interaction and unity among the various East Asian groups on campus.

BLACK ANTHOLOGY Black Anthology was founded in 1989 to commemorate the history and progress of African Americans. Since its creation, the program has been totally student run. Over the years, however, the production has evolved from a compilation of skits to a fully scripted play.

CARNAVAL Carnaval is the annual Latin cultural show organized by the Association of Latin American Students. The show is named after the grand festivals of music and dancing that occur throughout the world on the eve of Lent with the most popular carnavales being the ones in Brazil. The show features several dances as well as a skit.

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Diwali - November 7th & 8th Lunar New Year Festival - January 30th & 31st Black Anthology - February 6th and 7th Carnaval - March 27th and 28th

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Create your story here. As a college student, academics are your first priority. Also important is how you choose to complement your learning with opportunities and experiences outside the classroom. What are your current interests? What would you like to try? How and where do you want to leave your mark at Wash U? You have many choices ahead of you. In this section, we have created a snapshot of many of the opportunities available to you. Whether your interests lie in student government, fraternity or sorority life, sports, religious organizations, or even Quidditch, Wash U has something for you. Your co-curricular life is just as important as your academic life. So again, we challenge you to create your story here and be remarkable!



SECTION CONTENTS ›› A Day in the Life ›› First Year Center ›› A Backstage Pass to the First 40 Experience ›› Campus Life ›› When to Get Involved ›› Student Government ›› Co-Curricular Activities ›› Community and Civic Engagement ›› School Spirit and Traditions ›› Sports on Campus ›› Arts on Campus ›› Wash U at Your Fingertips

A DAY IN THE LIFE SHANA ZUCKER College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016

1 Cherry Tree is a café on the South 40 located inside Bears Den (see footnote 27); it serves coffee and pastries all day, sandwiches at lunchtime, and comfort food during dinner hours. 2 GenChem, or General Chemistry, is one of the first introductory science courses that students can take. Frequently, this lecture is housed in Lab Sciences 300, the largest lecture hall on campus. 3 Blackboard is a website that Wash U professors can use to post syllabi, problem sets, homework assignments, readings, and grades that students need for class. Students can also submit work through the website. WebSTAC is a website that students use to register for classes, look at their course schedule, see their grades and transcript, monitor meal points and Bear Bucks, and much more. 4 The Clock Tower is a common meeting point on campus. It is on the north side of the South 40 on Shepley Drive and is a convenient place to meet friends to head toward main campus or be picked up by a carpool. 5 The Circ, or Campus Circulator, is a small bus that loops around campus and links the South 40, the front of the school, and The Village—an upperclass student residential area. It arrives at the Clock Tower every twenty minutes. 6 Steinberg Hall is one of many buildings in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Many introductory art and architecture courses take place there, but it is also frequently used for large lecture courses in other areas, such as calculus and MedPrep (a one-credit course that provides insight into the undergraduate pre-med experience, the medical school application process, the medical school experience, and the lifestyle of a doctor). 7 There are three levels of calculus into which students are placed via an online placement exam. Calculus is a very popular course as it is required for architecture, business, and pre-med students, and it is a prerequisite for many math and science courses. 8 Brown Hall has numerous large lecture halls that are used by multiple departments, including biology and anthropology. 9 Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, or PNP, is one of the most popular courses of study offered at Wash U. It is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to analyzing the mind-brain.

I roll out of bed at 8:30 AM to get ready for the day. I stop by Cherry Tree Café1 to get a coffee before my 10:00 AM class; even though last semester I had my GenChem2 lecture at 9:00, I have quickly adjusted to 10:00 AM being the new “early.” While I drink my coffee, I check my Wash U email, Blackboard, and WebSTAC3. I then head over to the Clock Tower4 and board the 10:00 AM Circ5 to get to Steinberg6 for my Calc7 lecture and join my friends in our usual seats. When class ends, I walk to Brown8 for “Philosophy of Mind,” a class popular among PNP9 majors and minors. I join my friend B.I., who is an RA10 for Park 1,11 the floor for which I am a WUSA.12 We enjoy a ninety-minute lecture, and then it is time for lunch. I meet up with my sister, Jaime, a senior at Wash U, for a quick bite at the DUC13. She is a fan of the extensive salad bar, and I opt for pot stickers from Wash U Wok. It is a good thing that we have a ten minute passing period,14 because before we know it, it is already 2:00 PM, and time for us to go our separate ways. She heads to Seigle15 for “Politics of the European Union,” and I meet up with my friends Dan and Alex, whom I met at SOAR,16 for a Bio lecture back in Brown. An hour flies by and it is time for French. As I walk to class, I have to make the transition not only from English to French, but also from a 200-person lecture to a 15-student discussion! I head through the January Tunnel17 and make my way to Lopata Hall18 for class. At 4:00 PM, after a full day of classes, I head over to the WoBo19 and stop by the First Year Center20 to grab some candy that my COSA21, Kaisen, and I will bring to the floor for tomorrow’s WUSA hours22. I then go back to my room and hang out with my suitemates23. We decompress and watch TV for a bit, but then it is time to work. I go back to main campus to meet up with Dan in Whispers24, where we munch on scones and study. We work on our Bio problem set for two hours and then spend an hour working on independent projects. He studies for the HumanEv25 exam he has tomorrow, and I complete part of my WebWork26. At 8:00 PM, we grab dinner at BD27; we go late to avoid the long lines at the stir-fry, which is our favorite station. At 8:45 PM, I meet my carpool at the Clock Tower and head to the 560 Music Center28 for a cappella29 rehearsal. Singing with my friends is a fun way to unwind, and the two hours fly by. Feeling reenergized after a lively practice, I go back to my room, where I finish my WebWork, study for my Calc quiz30, and then read half of Waiting for Godot in the original French. Finally, exhaustion hits me and I realize it is already 1:30 AM. I set my alarm for the next morning and turn out the lights to go to sleep. Good night! 10 An RA, or Resident Advisor, is an upperclassman who lives with, programs for, and supervises students who live on a particular floor in a residence hall. Every freshman floor has at least one RA. 11 Park is one of the numerous freshman residence halls on the South 40 and is part of the Park-Mudd Residential College. Go Pirates! 12 A Washington University Student Associate, or WUSA (pronounced “woo-sa”), is a (fantastic human being and a) student who is assigned to a freshman floor or group of transfer/exchange students. WUSAs serve as academic and social resources, and they provide fun and informative programming throughout the year. 13 The Danforth University Center, or DUC (pronounced “duck”), is the major student center on main campus. It has the DUC Servery, the largest main campus eatery, as well as Ibby’s Campus Bistro, the Career Center, Student Involvement and Leadership, the Community Service Office, the Harvey Media Center, and the Student Union. 14 In order to get to back-to-back classes on time, there is a 10-minute passing period, which means that every class begins 10 minutes after the listed time. That is, if a class is listed from 9 to 10 a.m., it actually runs from 9:10 to 10 a.m. 15 Seigle Hall houses the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Education, a portion of the School of Law, and a variety of lecture and seminar classrooms. 16 SOAR, or Summer Orientation Advising Registration, is a summer program for incoming students. It is a threeday, overnight experience that includes meeting with an advisor and registering for classes, getting to know upperclass student leaders, and exploring campus and the St. Louis community. 17 January Tunnel is a path that cuts underneath January and Duncker Halls. It is particularly useful for some warm relief when you’re walking on a rainy or snowy day! 18 Lopata Hall is the center of the engineering complex, and it houses classes primarily in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (with a few exceptions, such as my French class). It is also home to Stanley’s, which serves delicious wraps. Don’t confuse it with Lopata House, a residence hall in The Village, where many upperclass students live. 19 In the Women’s Building, or WoBo, one can find the sorority suites (which Wash U has instead of sorority

houses), dance studios, the University Registrar, and the First Year Center. 20 The First Year Center focuses on creating the best experience for all first year students by connecting them to programs and resources on campus. It runs Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation, the WUSA program, SOAR, First 40 (a slate of programming throughout the first forty days of school), the Campus Connections lecture series, the First Year Reading Program, Home Plate, and Lunch by the Dozen. To learn more about these programs, check out 21 COSA is an abbreviation for co-WUSA. WUSAs all work in pairs, and Kaisen is my partner on Park 1. 22 WUSA hours are the regular two hours each week that WUSAs spend time with their first year students. Kaisen and I hang out in the Park 1 common room (usually with a delicious treat). 23 I live in Park/Mudd Residential College, which consists of modern residence halls. In modern-style living, two to four rooms are connected by a common bathroom and hall. In traditional-style living, the entire floor shares two bathrooms. Students who live in modern halls refer to roommates, suitemates, and floormates, while students in traditional halls refer to roommates and floormates. 24 Whispers is a café located in Olin Library and is a common meeting and study space. It offers a variety of food and coffee options. 25 HumanEv, or Human Evolution, is a popular introductory anthropology lecture course. 26 WebWork is a website that calculus and physics students use to complete online homework assignments. 27 Bear’s Den, or BD, is the cafeteria for the South 40, and it offers such options as Grizzly Grill, a stir-fry station, a pasta station, a kosher station, a Mexican station, and a global fusion station. 28 The 560 Music Center houses classrooms and practice rooms for students in the Department of Music and is located near the Delmar Loop. Many musical student groups use it as a rehearsal and performance space. 29 Wash U boasts a vibrant a cappella community, with fourteen groups of various musical styles, including pop, jazz, Disney, Broadway, religious, and more! 30 Every week, the calculus and general chemistry courses have a smaller subsection, called a recitation, to review material. Almost every week, there is also a quiz.

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The First Year Center supports new students through their transition into the Washington University community to ensure that they build and sustain their academic and personal goals. The Center brings together people, programs, and resources to provide an undergraduate experience of exceptional quality where all students are known by name and story and where they prepare themselves for lives of purpose and meaning.





This on-campus, three-day, overnight experience includes meeting with an advisor and registering for classes, getting to know upperclass student leaders, exploring campus and the St. Louis community, as well as meeting some of your new classmates. See page 13 for more information.

BEAR BULLETIN E-NEWSLETTER The Bear Bulletin is an e-Newsletter freshmen receive throughout their first year. Some newsletters will focus on important dates, deadlines, on-campus events, and announcements from the First Year Center. Other newsletters provide suggestions for things to do and places to eat off campus and profile a few of the many interesting students and faculty members at Wash U. Be sure to watch for the first edition of the Class of 2018 Bear Bulletin in June 2014.

AUGUST PRE-ORIENTATION Pre-Orientation programs are a great start to your WUSTL experience. Held before Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation, they provide you with the 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. See pages 24–29 for more information.

BEAR BEGINNINGS: NEW STUDENT FALL ORIENTATION This welcome week officially introduces Washington University to new students and their families. You will learn more about the academic opportunities in your school and the residential college experience, as well as participate in social activities with your classmates. See page 39 for more information.

FIRST YEAR READING PROGRAM Each entering class reads a book sent to them over the summer. When you arrive at Wash U, you will join intellectual, small-group discussions led by a faculty or staff member to discuss the book. See page 39 for more information. 102


The weekly informational sessions Campus Connections introduce you to various campus resources such as Approaching the College Classroom and Succeeding in a Large Lecture Class.

FIRST 40 The First 40 is a series of fun events and activities on campus and in the community that are open to new students during their first 40 days at Washington University in St. Louis. Visit for more information.

JANUARY – MARCH EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM In the spring semester, new students can take part in the Emerging Leaders Program, an eight-week leadership development experience. Each week focuses on a different area of leadership. In this program, you will learn how to strengthen your personal leadership style and skills. Working in small groups, you are paired with an upperclass peer mentor.

APRIL FRESHMAN FINALE Freshman Finale is a celebration held at the end of the first year to allow students to reflect on their freshman experiences and recognize outstanding members of the university community who contributed to their first-year success.


YEAR ROUND HOME PLATE Founded and run by Risa Zwerling Wrighton, wife of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, the Home Plate program matches you with a host family you can visit several times a year for home cooked meals and enjoyable dinnertime conversation. (See page 72 for more information.)

LUNCH BY THE DOZEN You have the opportunity to participate in a series of lunches and dinners throughout the year hosted by faculty who teach large introductory courses in fields such as chemistry, psychology, physics, history, math, and art history. Get to know a professor outside of the large student lecture hall.


Move-In Day

August 21 - 24

Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation

August 25

Day One and First day of classes

August 29

First Friday and Fall Activities Fair

August 30

Service First

September 1

Labor Day (no classes)

September 2

Campus Connections begins

September 5

First Floor Dinner and All-Class Event

September 8

First Year Reading Program speaker

September 19

Balloon Glow in Forest Park

September 22

Symphony on the South 40

September 27

Saturday in the Park

October 5

Carnival on the Swamp

October 7

Campus Connections: Study Break

October 10 - 12

Parent & Family Weekend

October 17

Fall Break (no classes) and Bike-In Movie in Forest Park

For a full calendar of all First 40 events, visit

November 26 - 30 Thanksgiving break (no classes) December 2

Campus Connections: Study Break

December 5

Last day of classes

December 8 - 17

Reading period and final exams

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A BACKSTAGE PASS TO THE FIRST 40 EXPERIENCE RICHARD LEE College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016

MEGAN SIMMONS College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 Perhaps one of the best parts about Wash U is that there is always something for everyone. Bear Beginnings will be a major milestone, but the fun continues throughout the school year, especially in your first 40 days! The First Year Center hosts a variety of events during this time to ensure that your first-year experience exceeds your greatest expectations.

WASH U’S DAY ONE WELCOME ensures that you can easily

transition into your first day of college classes. Need help finding a class? Ask any upperclassman in a WUSA T-shirt. Need an energy boost on your first day? Make a pit stop at the Clock Tower for snacks on your way to and from the South 40. Wash U staff members will be at the underpass with maps and treats, so make sure to stop by and get free school supplies, food, and your first-day-ofschool photo! August 25th

FIRST FLOOR DINNER is a buffet-style event on the South 40 and on Mudd Field intended for all freshmen floors to share a meal and then immediately attend the ALL CLASS EVENT. In the past, this event has been held at the Gateway Arch, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the Missouri History Museum. It takes place on the second Friday of school and is a chance for all new students to have a good time with activities like laser tag, movies, face painting, photo booths, and more! September 5th SYMPHONY ON THE SOUTH 40 brings members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to perform right outside

of Bear’s Den, just feet away from your dorm. Definitely make time to take advantage of this unique chance to see and hear some of the most talented musicians in the city! September 22nd

SATURDAY IN THE PARK is a great way to get off campus and relax with your new friends. This is the perfect opportunity to spend some time in Forest Park, right across the street from campus. While you’re there, you can check out the world-famous Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, or the Missouri History Museum, all for free. You can also go for a walk, a run, a bike ride, or enjoy a picnic on the 1,300 acres of gorgeous land. September 27th

CARNIVAL ON THE SWAMP celebrates the last day of First 40 with a carnival on the South 40 Swamp, equipped with mechanical bulls, bouncy castles, and other awesome stations that you would find at a traditional fair. Enjoy free food, drinks, and activities put on by College Council and the RAs, and support your floor community and residential colleges. October 5th Most importantly, make sure to attend all the amazing events and activities held by your College Councils, your Washington University Student Associates (WUSAs), your Resident Advisors (RAs), and your Residential College Directors (RCDs) throughout the year. Activities may include a trip to the Ozarks, a holiday party between floors, or a water balloon fight. These events are meant for you to make the most of your freshman experience, so please enjoy and savor each and every moment.



CAMPUS LIFE Through the Campus Life entities — Student Involvement and Leadership, Community Service Office, and Danforth University Center and Event Management — you can find countless opportunities to quickly get involved in meaningful co-curricular activities. We are here to help you find the right connections for you. Student Service’s mission is to build and sustain an undergraduate experience of exceptional quality where students, known by name and story, prepare themselves for lives of purpose and meaning. We take this charge seriously and attempt to bring this to life every day.

LEARNING TO LEAD SAVE THE DATE! The activities fair is Friday, August 29th.

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We want to challenge you to understand what constitutes good leadership and learn how to apply that knowledge to your experiences while you are here. To support this effort, Student Involvement and Leadership invites you to participate in leadership development opportunities including the Leadership Summit, Redefining the Community Experience, Women’s Leadership Experience, and Emerging Leaders Program. For more information, please visit

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) sponsors several programs to promote student involvement and leadership on campus. To help you make decisions about your involvement, SIL holds Advisor of the Day hours, which gives you the chance to meet with staff, learn about ways to get involved, and make the most of your time here.

SORORITIES ΑΕΦ Alpha Epsilon Phi ΑΟΠ Alpha Omicron Pi ΑΦ Alpha Phi ΔΓ Delta Gamma ΚΔ Kappa Delta ΚΚΓ Kappa Kappa Gamma ΠΒΦ Pi Beta Phi ΧΩ Chi Omega FRATERNITIES ΑΕΠ Alpha Epsilon Pi ΒΘΠ Beta Theta Pi ZBT Zeta Beta Tau ΘΞ Theta Xi ΚΣ Kappa Sigma

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS There are countless opportunities for you to become involved at Wash U. Check out Student Union’s list of student organizations and their contact information by visiting An Activities Fair will be held in late August and again in January. Approximately 300 student groups will be represented, and members will share information about what they do and how new students can become involved.

SORORITIES AND FRATERNITIES Wash U is home to 10 fraternities and eight sororities, all of which help foster scholarship, service, and leadership. Approximately 27 percent of Wash U students are involved in Greek letter organizations and, through their affiliation, make positive contributions to campus and the greater community. Greek students manage to juggle the demands of the classroom with the expectations of their chapters. If you think you would like to “Go Greek,” freshmen wait until January for the recruitment process to begin. There is limited recruitment for upperclass students in the fall.

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WHEN TO GET INVOLVED Many student organizations and performance groups welcome students throughout the year. Others require commitments or elections at certain times of the year. To help you prepare for the year ahead, here’s a timeline of what to expect and when.


PERFORMANCE GROUPS, like a cappella and improv, host auditions during the first two weeks of school. Look for fliers around campus when you arrive for more information about auditions.


CULTURAL SHOWS, including Diwali, Lunar New Year Festival,

Black Anthology, and Carnaval, are sponsored by various student groups. These shows often sell out Edison Theatre and include skits, dances, and other performances by students. There are many ways to get involved, so be sure to look for these groups during the Activities Fair on Friday, August 29th to learn more about the shows and audition dates.


STUDENT UNION (SU) is the undergraduate student


government. New students can get involved with SU from their first semester on campus as senators, treasurers, or on Freshman Class Council. Elections for senators and treasurers happen each semester; class council is elected in September for the freshman class and then in March for subsequent years.

CONGRESS OF THE SOUTH 40 (CS40) is the student board


that oversees life in the South 40 residential area. New students can get involved at the residential college-level by becoming a part of your college council or an assembly representative. CS40 is responsible for many events including CS40 Week, WUStock, and more.

DANCE MARATHON (DM) is a major fundraiser on campus, raising money for Children’s Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis. This year’s DM is on November 15. You can register as a dancer and form teams with your floors or friends or can show up on the day of to participate in this 12-hour dance party.


FRATERNITY AND SORORITY INVOLVEMENT is an opportunity close to 30 percent of students choose. Men and women in the Class of 2018 may go through recruitment in the spring; transfer students may go through recruitment in the fall.


WUSAs are the students who guide you through your first year at Wash U. By around this time of the year, you may realize that you also want to help new students transition to college (we think it’s the best role on campus). The WUSA application process happens early in the spring semester.


SU SPRING ELECTIONS are held for the upcoming year’s

executive council, class councils, senate, and treasury. Election packets are available in February and ballots are cast during the first week of March. If you missed the opportunity to run for a position in the fall, you can always run in the spring!

RELAY FOR LIFE is another major fundraiser on campus held on Francis Field each April to benefit the American Cancer Society. Similar to Dance Marathon, you can register early to walk and raise money with a team, or arrive on the night of the event and participate in the Relay.





STUDENT GOVERNMENT STUDENT UNION Advocate. Allocate. Program. Student Union is Washington University’s undergraduate student government. The mission of Student Union is to create a vibrant campus community by advocating for the needs and interests of undergraduate students, developing and implementing both innovative and traditional programs, and allocating the student activity fee for unique and engaging activities, programs, and initiatives. Visit for information. Student Union’s offices are on the first floor of the Danforth University Center.

CONGRESS OF THE SOUTH 40 Congress of the South 40 (CS40) is the programming board for students residing in the residential colleges on the South 40. CS40 creates an engaged and active community through a variety of interactive programs and events that it plans and co-sponsors each semester. Two of CS40’s traditions are the South 40 Formal and the Residential College Olympics (RCO). CS40 is made up of officers, boards, and college councils. CS40 also owns and operates a rental car for use by South 40 residents. Running for an officer or college council position or joining one of the boards is a great way to get involved in your Residential College and on campus. We invite everyone to participate! Visit for more information or stop by one of our many events during Bear Beginnings as we welcome you to your new home.

SCHOOL COUNCILS All five undergraduate academic divisions (Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering) are represented by their own council. Each council offers programming specific to the school, acts as a channel of communication between students and its school administrators, and gives students a social outlet. Council events have included Bauhaus, Vertigo, Art Prom, and Olinpalooza.

CLASS COUNCILS Each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) elects a class council of five representatives. The primary goal is to develop class unity through a variety of programs and activities.

Freshman Class Council elections are held during the first few weeks of school; be sure to look for more information when you arrive in August.


Bears’ Bikes

The Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP) provides students with the opportunity to run their own businesses and provide the campus community with resources that may otherwise be unavailable. New business ideas are always welcome. Funding is available for students interested in starting a new venture or buying existing businesses. Students interested in learning more are encouraged to contact Mary Zabriskie, and visit the StEP website at

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Gregg Walkway (above), which connects the South 40 with Main Campus via the Underpass, serves as home to many StEP businesses. You can also find Student Technology Services (STS), Uncle Joe’s Peer Counseling, and Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning along this row of storefronts in the lower level of Gregg House.

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CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES JENNA EPSTEIN College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 My first semester at Wash U was an exciting time filled with many new experiences. From learning how to manage the workload in college-level classes to meeting new friends and adjusting to life with roommates, my first year was certainly a time for me to adapt to a different lifestyle. In addition to all of this, I also had the opportunity to get involved in co-curricular activities. I am constantly amazed at the huge number of student groups, organizations, projects, and other opportunities that Wash U has for students to get involved in outside of the classroom. In high school, students often try to get involved in as many different co-curricular groups and opportunities as possible, but the approach to college activities is different. There are so many amazing opportunities presented to students on this campus that my advice is not to worry so much about joining a large number of groups, but rather to find something that you are passionate about or that inspires you and run with that. This may be getting involved in a certain club, a community service project, a student group, an undergraduate research opportunity, or even a job. Try not to overload yourself and overcommit, as you still want to keep a manageable schedule and maintain a healthy balance. Instead, devote your energy to specific things that you enjoy spending a lot of time on and to opportunities that you are truly excited about pursuing. In the fall, Wash U hosts an activities fair in Brookings Quad (there is another fair in the spring as well) to help you choose what co-curricular activities you would like to become involved with. Don’t feel pressured to do anything, but also don’t hesitate to ask questions, get information about different groups, or even sign up to try something new, because you never know what could end up being a new passion. Whatever your current interests or undiscovered passions may be, Wash U offers many opportunities that can help make your years here on campus even more unforgettable.



COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT It’s easy to stay connected with community service opportunities through our email newsletter. Sign up at communityservice.wustl. edu/newsletter.

Active civic and community involvement is a central part of Wash U’s student culture. Community service offers you the opportunity to explore and positively impact St. Louis, meet peers who share a common interest, and develop the leadership skills necessary to lead change at the national or international level. Many opportunities are available, from one-day projects and philanthropy events to community partnerships that involve a weekly commitment.

THE GEPHARDT INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICE The Gephardt Institute serves as the nexus for civic engagement and community service, leading co-curricular service efforts through our Community Service Office (CSO) and supporting the integration of service into academic courses, international service, and civic life and public service careers. As a new student, you can get started right away through CSO’s Service First, a freshman tradition that will take place on Saturday, August 30. After volunteering with local public schools, you can meet all student-run community service groups at the Community Service Fair and learn how to stay involved in service. You can sign up to participate with your RA or WUSA when you get to campus.


Visit the Community Service Office website,, to learn about Each One Teach One, Wash U’s signature tutoring initiative; Fall Break Urban Immersion; domestic & international service trips; St. Louis Up Close events; and the CarShare Fund to support transportation to local nonprofits. And be sure to bookmark to access St. Louis info at your fingertips, created by students for students! The Gephardt Institute website,, also provides information about voter registration and local elections, academic courses that include service, Civic Engagement Fund grants for student-led community projects, and St. Louis nonprofit agencies seeking volunteer assistance. We also have competitive programs like the Goldman Fellows and Civic Scholars to support your involvement and growth as a civic leader. We are here to help you in your civic and service endeavors!


Check out to learn about all of their programs.

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Learn. Lead. Serve. Join the Campus Y and be part of an organization that has been on campus for over 100 years! The Campus Y has more than 25 student-led programs serving the Washington University community and the greater St. Louis community. Their programs span a wide range of issues and have something for everyone. The Campus Y organizes programs such as Safe Trick-or-Treat, an opportunity for school-age children to trick-or-treat through the residential colleges; Greg Delos Y-Tutor, a program organized to help St. Louis students develop academically; and W.A.G.S. (Working so Animals Get Support), a program that supports and socializes dogs and cats at local animal shelters, just to name a few. Another tradition at the Campus Y is Alternative Service Break, which offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture through a weeklong service trip to both national and international locations. Whatever you are interested in, the Campus Y is an excellent place for students to find their niche.

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SCHOOL SPIRIT AND TRADITIONS NICOLE JOISON School of Engineering & Applied Science | Class of 2016 Coming from Texas where football is king and school pride and participation can sometimes seem like a must, I was a bit apprehensive about what my Wash U experience would be like in terms of school spirit. Although we don’t have the same national recognition that many Division I sports teams get, we have a lot of enthusiasm and morale when it comes to any Wash U event.


One of the highlights of freshman year takes place the night you arrive on campus and the excitement for the year is absolutely contagious. Convocation is the official induction of all new students into the Wash U community and features speeches by the chancellor, a faculty member, and a senior class student. As parents gather in the Athletic Complex (AC), students get decked out in residential college swag and are taught endless cheers. The AC quickly fills with noise as students try to out-pride the other residential colleges. When the ceremony is finished, parents line the walkway from the AC to Brookings Quad and everybody gathers to enjoy a famous St. Louis treat and kickoff the start of an unforgettable year.


Wash U has 19 national championships in sports like volleyball, basketball, and cross country. Though we don’t get national TV time like large state universities, we have an extremely supportive fan-base that consists of peers coming to cheer on their friends. For me, this continues to be an incredibly special part of my participation in sporting events because I value the opportunity to get to root for people that I really know. I find myself so much more invested in the athletic teams at Wash U because I have personal connections with the people I see scoring a touchdown or blocking a hit. Wash U also has the student group Red Alert which promotes school spirit at athletic events and often provides pizza and free T-shirts to students who attend games.


Each semester, students eagerly await the announcement of the musical performers for WILD, a student-run concert held in Brookings Quad. This free concert also includes free food and is run by the Social Programming Board (SPB). Past artists include Chance the Rapper, Karmin, Mat Kearney, Passion Pit, Ben Folds, and The Black Eyed Peas.


Overseen by ThurtenE Junior Honorary, ThurtenE is the largest and oldest student-run carnival in the country! Each spring semester in front of Brookings Hall, students put on plays, build facades, organize games, and sell food (we leave putting up the Tilt-A-Whirl and other rides to the professionals) to create an unforgettable Wash U experience.


The large diversity of the student body can be seen in the plethora of cultural organizations that put on productions throughout the year to raise cultural awareness on campus. These productions are not only fun to attend but incredibly rewarding to be a part of. Diwali, sponsored by Ashoka, the South Asian Student Organization, showcases South Asian culture in the fall, while the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) puts on Carnaval in the spring to celebrate Latin American culture through exhilarating dance numbers. Black Anthology is a studentwritten play that highlights Black culture and the Lunar New Year Festival displays East Asian culture through skits and dancing. These events are highly attended by students, so make sure to check them out!


Wash U students are dedicated to helping their community. Almost as soon as they are on campus, new students are given the opportunity to help local public schools with Service First. In the fall semester, a team of students puts on Dance Marathon, a 12-hour dance party for Wash U students and the St. Louis community that raises funds for local hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network. In 2013, Dance Marathon celebrated its 15th anniversary on campus at Wash U and has raised over $1.4 million. In the spring semester Relay For Life takes place on Francis Field to commemorate cancer victims, survivors, and current patients. This 12-hour event raises funds that support the American Cancer Society.




Baseball Basketball (men’s and women’s) Cross Country (m/w) Football Golf (w) Soccer (m/w) Softball Swimming & Diving (m/w) Tennis (m/w) Track & Field (m/w) Volleyball

As a founding member of the University Athletic Association, Washington University competes in Division III of the NCAA. Bears athletics have developed a very strong reputation both in our conference and nationally, winning 19 NCAA National Team Championships, 162 UAA Titles, and making 184 NCAA team appearances. Additionally, Wash U annually finishes in the top 10 of the United States Sports Academy Director’s Cup, an award that ranks the best athletics programs in each NCAA and NAIA Division. Wash U’s student-only fan group, Red Alert, supports Washington University athletics by encouraging all students to come out to the games. Membership in Red Alert is free and you can sign up at the beginning of the year or at most of the athletic events during the year. Along with receiving free pizza and prizes from Red Alert, you will be promoting school spirit and cheering on your fellow classmates. For more information and updates on athletics as well as team schedules please visit


Badminton Basketball 3-on-3 Basketball 3-Point Shooting Billiards Bowling Cross Country Euchre Field Goal Kicking Flag Football Free-Throw Shooting Golf

Badminton Baseball Basketball (m/w) Boxing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Climbing Crew (m/w) Cycling Equestrian Fencing Field Hockey Figure Skating Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Lacrosse (m/w) Okinawan Karate-Do Roller Hockey

Home Run Derby Inner Tube Water Polo Racquetball Soccer Softball 7-on-7 Soccer Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball

Rugby (m/w) Running Sailing Skiing and Snowboarding Soccer (m/w) Softball Squash Table Tennis Tae Kwon Doe Tennis Triathlon Volleyball (m/w) Ultimate Frisbee (m/w) Water Polo (m/w) Wrestling

Intramural (IM) sports are an enjoyable and relaxing way to get to know a lot of people through organized recreational activities. The Intramural Sports Program offers 33 team, individual, and special events throughout the academic year for all members of the Washington University community. You do not have to have prior experience or be an athlete to participate in IM sports. Participants may choose to play at a recreational or highly competitive level. Anyone with a WUSTL ID is eligible to participate in men’s, women’s, and coed events. Traditional sports such as flag football, volleyball, basketball, and softball are staples of the intramural calendar, while sports such as ultimate frisbee, inner tube water polo, and Euchre offer nontraditional options. The Intramural Sports Program offers a free agent list for individuals in search of a team to play on, as well as managers who need extra players. Additionally, The Intramural Sports Program is always looking for officials in basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Intramural officials work in a fun and social environment (while making some money) with a flexible work schedule. For more information about participating in IM sports or student employment opportunities, please call 314.935.5128, visit the Intramural Office located on the 4th floor of the Athletic Complex, or check out the “Intramural Sports” tab at

SPORTS CLUBS Sports Club Board (SCB), one of the largest student groups at Wash U, is a Student Union–recognized student group of 41 different sports club teams. While the SCB oversees the clubs, each team is run independently by student athletes. In the 2013-2014 academic year, there were sports clubs ranging from badminton to wrestling, serving more than 800 students. Many students choose to participate in sports clubs, which are more competitive than intramural sports, but do not require as much of a time commitment as varsity sports. It is very easy to join a sports club, and if you do not find a team that interests you, you may be able to start your own! Click on the “Intramural Sports” tab at, then click on “Sports Clubs” to get up-to-date contact information about all the sports clubs at WUSTL.

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ARTS ON CAMPUS Washington University enjoys a vibrant array of public arts offerings available to community and campus audiences alike. Opportunities range from world-class professional performances and exhibitions to concerts, plays, art shows, and writing workshops that give students a chance to hone their talents, Wash U is a leading resource for engaging and inspiring cultural opportunities in the St. Louis region and beyond.

EXPLORE THE ARTS AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 560 Music Center Assembly Series Department of Music Edison Theatre Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum


Performing Arts Department

Edison Theatre presents a season of varied and acclaimed professional performances each year, including Ovations and Ovations for Young People series. The Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences stages world-class performances and offers rigorous academics for anyone interested in theatre and performance studies, dance or drama. The Department of Music in Arts & Sciences also presents an extensive lineup of public concerts each year including student, faculty, and guest performances, in addition to opportunities for students to enrich their education through the study of music.

VISUAL ARTS Washington University boasts a diverse array of opportunities for exploring the visual arts. From the outstanding collection and special exhibitions at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to the numerous galleries and installation spaces around campus to rigorous and interdisciplinary academic offerings, anyone—whether casual visitor or dedicated artist—will find a host of excellent visual arts resources on campus.

LITERARY ARTS Washington University offers a number of opportunities for anyone interested in the literary arts to engage with instructors and other writers on campus. Anyone can apply to be part of the intensive and energetic Young Writers or Summer Writers programs. A number of academic departments on campus emphasize the literary arts, including the Department of English and the Center for the Humanities. Playwriting opportunities include the annual A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Competition and Festival sponsored by the Performing Arts Department, the student-sponsored Day O’ Shame, a 24-hour playwriting slam, and Thyrmetition, a competition sponsored by Thyrsus, a student organization. Current students can also receive help and develop writing skills at the Writing Center.






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EXPLORING ST. LOUIS Washington University in St. Louis... located in Missouri. How many people have you had to explain that to since you decided Wash U was the place for you? While some of your friends and family may be confused about our location, St. Louis is an exciting and energetic city with a wide array of attractions and opportunities. And you’re coming at the right time. This year, the city is celebrating its 250th anniversary with a yearlong birthday celebration. Look out for fiberglass cakes around town commemorating St. Louis’s most important historical events. It’s your chance to get to know this city on the river, which was once home to Scott Joplin, is still home to the grandfather of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry, and hosted the 1904 Worlds Fair and Olympics. Residents and visitors alike laud this city for its beautiful brick architecture, amazing hospitality, great restaurants, and low cost of living. Plus, with tons of concert venues, museums (many of which are free), a world-class zoo and botanical garden, and one of the the nation’s biggest parks right at Wash U’s doorstep, you won’t be short on off-campus activities to keep you busy. The articles in this chapter will highlight just some of what St. Louis has to offer, explain how you can navigate the city, and introduce you to a few of our favorite neighborhoods. You’re going to be here for a few years; we encourage you to get out and explore your new home!



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The St. Louis Experience Things to See & Do in St. Louis Map of St. Louis STL Bucket List: 50 Things to Do Transportation & Parking

THE ST. LOUIS EXPERIENCE MICHAEL SCHUMEISTER College of Arts & Sciences | Class of 2016 While Wash U is an amazing place, sometimes you just need to take a break and leave the “Wash U Bubble.” St. Louis is an exciting place to explore, especially as a college student, because St. Louis is really affordable relative to many big cities, making it easy to do things on a student budget. At the same time, there is no shortage of places to visit and things to do. St. Louis is home to three professional sports teams, 79 unique neighborhoods, and countless museums. Even for a new student, getting around St. Louis isn’t hard at all. Every Wash U student gets a free U-Pass, which provides access to the extensive Metro Transit system composed of buses and trains. It is so easy to take the MetroLink (the light rail system) because there are two stops on campus, either one can take you downtown to the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium. Just a few stops east of campus is the Central West End, an awesome neighborhood filled with little shops and foodie approved restaurants. If you take the Metro in the other direction, it takes you to Brentwood, home to the Galleria Mall, Target, Trader Joes, and many other stores. Students can also sign up for the very affordable Enterprise CarShare, which has cars parked all over campus that are available for rental in fifteen-minute increments. . I’ve found that just going out and exploring is the best way to see St. Louis. Taking chances is how I found my favorite places here. One day my friends and I attempted to go to Pappy’s, the famous BBQ place in Grand Center (another great neighborhood and home to Saint Louis University), but the wait was more than an hour and a half. Instead of eating there, we stumbled upon Mama Josephine’s, a neighborhood joint that serves delicious southern food. Mama Josephine’s was so warm and comforting that it has become a personal favorite. So give St. Louis a chance; the city has so much to offer that is not to be missed.

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Saint Louis’s Forest Park is one of the country’s largest urban parks. At 1,371 acres, it is more than 50 percent larger than New York’s Central Park, and it includes a variety of (mostly free) attractions, including museums, a boathouse with paddle boats for rent, golf courses, tennis courts, and even an ice-skating rink. // While you’re in Forest Park, you can stop by The Muny. With 11,000 seats, it is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the country. It stages seven different musicals each summer, and for every performance there are 1,500 free seats that are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. // In addition, Forest Park is home to the Saint Louis Zoo, a free zoo that houses 19,000 animals across 655 species, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, a free museum that contains more than 30,000 works of art, including three mummies from Ancient Egypt and original paintings by Matisse, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh. // In September, you can catch the Balloon Glow in Forest Park, an event that happens every year the night before the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. At the Balloon Glow, all of the balloons that will appear in the race are inflated and lit up by their burners. // If you head to midtown, don’t miss Pappy’s Smokehouse, which serves Memphis-style barbecued brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and more. Pappy’s has been profiled in The Huffington Post and by the Travel Channel; just make sure you get there before they run out! // When going further downtown, be sure to visit Citygarden, an urban park and sculpture garden spread over two full city blocks. It includes fountains, pools, a restaurant, and beautiful trees and flowers right in the middle of downtown St. Louis. // From Citygarden, you will be able to see the Gateway Arch, St. Louis’s most recognizable landmark. The Arch is 630-feet tall, covered in stainless steel, and positioned perfectly to provide views of the entire city of St. Louis, as well as the Mississippi River and nearby Illinois. // After your trip to the Arch, you can relax with a drink and some gooey butter cake from Park Avenue Coffee. Gooey butter cake is a special St. Louis treat that resulted from a baker’s mistake during the Great Depression, and a stay in St. Louis would not be complete without a stop at Park Avenue Coffee,




where they have 76 different gooey butter cake flavors — everything from blueberry to banana split to white chocolate raspberry. // Also downtown is City Museum, a surrealistic adult-size playground with enchanted caves, a 10-story slide, and a towering playground made of old airplane fuselages, metal tunnels, and catwalks. The museum has been designated a “great public space” by the Project for Public Spaces. // For a completely different experience, head to the Cathedral Basilica, the 5,000-seat, 100-yearold mother church of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The basilica includes a variety of burial crypts, an outdoor sculpture structure, and the world’s largest mosaic installation. // Near the basilica is the Fabulous Fox Theatre in midtown St. Louis. A former movie palace originally built in the 1920s, the 4,500-seat theatre has been entirely renovated and now attracts some of Saint Louis’ biggest shows including musicals fresh off of Broadway, concerts, comedians, and dance companies. // For a taste of Italy, head to The Hill, a historically Italian-American neighborhood with a variety of fantastic Italian restaurants. This is also the best place to get toasted ravioli, a local dish of fried breaded ravioli and marinara dipping sauce. // Just minutes from The Hill, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a 79-acre garden and botanical research center. Its many features include a Japanese strolling garden, a playground and fountain area, and a geodesic dome conservatory. // Staying in St. Louis over winter break? Keep a look out for the Loop Ice Carnival, an event that incudes carnival games, performers, face painters, and 5k and 10k runs. There are also a variety of ice sculptures and ice carving demonstrations. // Despite the cool temperature, St. Louis also has one of the nation’s largest Mardi Gras celebrations, which usually takes place in late February or early March. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a day of revelry before the beginning of Christian Lent and is celebrated with parades, music, and tons of beads. // Throughout the spring and summer, you can visit Ted Drewes, an iconic frozen custard chain in south St. Louis. It’s most famous for the concrete, a custard blend so thick that you can stick a spoon in it and turn it upside down without the spoon falling out. // Finally, you can visit the Saint Louis Science Center, a collection of buildings that includes a science museum and planetarium. It has more than 750 exhibits covering more than 300,000 square feet, which makes it one of the largest science centers in the entire country.

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6 minutes by MetroLink Home to the Clayton business district, this area has some great restaurants and parks you’ll want to check out. It’s also a great place to take a walk!



10-minute walk from the Clock Tower “The Loop” has a host of restaurants and shops, including Thai and Middle Eastern food, as well as vintage clothing stores.

17 minutes by MetroLink In Downtown St. Louis, you’ll find the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium (home of the 2011 World Champion Cardinals), and more.


10 minutes by MetroLink The Central West End has lots of restaurants and provides a great opportunity for you to get off campus. The Medical School is also here.

University City Delmar Loop



Forest Park


Richmond Heights

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Central West End



The Hill Tower Grove Park


10 minutes by MetroLink Brentwood is a shopping area that includes some essential stores you’ll want to visit, including Target, Trader Joe’s, and several great restaurants.


15-minute walk from the Clock Tower Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country and the majority of the activities inside are free! Check out the zoo, a Wash U student favorite.



12 minutes by MetroLink Midtown is home to cultural landmarks like the Fabulous Fox Theatre and Powell Hall (home of the St. Louis Symphony).



Tower Grove Park

This neighborhood, south of Forest Park, is home to lots of cool restaurants and parks, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Close to the river, this neighborhood is known for its historic farmer’s market and John Donut.

Richmond Heights

This neighorhood includes several shoppping centers (one just 10 minutes by foot from the South 40), and the Saint Louis Galleria, one of the area’s largest shopping malls.


STL BUCKET LIST: 50 THINGS TO DO St. Louis will be your new home for the next four years. We hope you’ll take time to explore and discover all this great city has to offer. Not sure where to start? The students in the First Year Center have compiled a bucket list of can’t-miss St. Louis noshes, experiences, and events.

Campus tradition states that if you step on this seal located under the Brookings Hall archway before Commencement, you won’t graduate. is the go-to guide for WU students, created and managed by students. Bookmark this portal to access complete info on “What to Do in the Lou,” campus resources for engaging with St. Louis, background to understand the region, a multitude of blogs, and much more!



1. Eat a BLT at Crown Candy Kitchen. 2. Play in the water at City Garden and climb on the statues (don’t worry, it’s allowed). 3. Buy nachos at a Ram’s game. 4. Snuggle up on the couches and enjoy a movie on the enormous screen at the Moolah Theatre and Lounge. 5. Try to spot Wash U’s campus from the top of the Arch. 6. Go down the 10-story slide at the City Museum. 7. Watch a movie on Art Hill with friends. 8. Pet a stingray at the zoo. 9. Get a hotdog at a Cardinal’s game. 10. Watch the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall. 11. Eat toasted ravioli at a restaurant on the Hill. 12. Get a savory crepe and a sweet crepe from City Coffee House & Creperie and Crepes Etc. and decide which is better. 13. See a show at The Pageant and sing along at the top of your lungs. 14. Sled down Art Hill in the snow. 15. Dance to salsa music at Atomic Cowboy. 16. Have a root beer float at Fitz’s. 17. See Chuck Berry perform at Blueberry Hill. 18. Satisfy a late-night donut craving with an apple fritter from John Donut. 19. Do the downward dog during yoga at the Arch. 20. Enjoy a warm plate of chicken tikka masala from House of India. 21. Watch a shooting star go by from the hammocks on the South 40. 22. Taste a “Delmar” at President Barack Obama’s favorite deep-dish pizza place, Pi. 23. H  ave a picnic while watching a free play at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. 24. Paint the giant sphere at the Underpass. 25. Go to the steps at Brookings Hall and watch the sunrise. 26. Go to The Cup and try every cupcake flavor. Confetti is obviously the best. 27. Head to the Saint Louis Art Museum and locate Vincent van Gogh’s “Stairway at Auvers.” 28. Go to Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe for brunch and try all of the fancy food. 29. Collect your four best friends and eat pancakes at Uncle Bill’s. (Put strawberry jam on them. It’s amazing.) 30. A  t the Missouri History Museum locate images of the 1904 Olympics being held on Francis Field. 31. Eat the bread pudding at Cyranos.  uy apples at the farmer’s market in Soulard. 32. B 33. Eat a taco from Seoul Taco’s food truck on Food Truck Friday. 34. L ocate Jupiter from the telescope at the Crow Observatory. 35. D  iscover which of the four froyo places near Wash U is the best. We think it’s Tutti Frutti. 36. Drink an avocado slush from St. Louis Bubble Tea. 37. Bowl a strike at Pin-Up Bowl. 38. Buy Tiger’s Blood flavored shaved ice with Pop Rocks from TroMo (Tropical Moose).  un all the way around Forest Park. 39. R 40. G  et chips and guacamole at Tortillaria. 41. Get fries on your burger at Bailey’s Range. 42. L earn to ice skate at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. 43. E  at funnel cake at the Forest Park Balloon Glow. 44. Have the mango-and-habanero barbecue sauce at The Shaved Duck. 45. Try something from every stand at Taste of St. Louis. 46. T  ry king cake at Mardi Gras. 47. Run in the Go! St. Louis Marathon. 48. H  ike in Castlewood State Park and find your inner peace with nature. 49. Get together with a special friend and go paddle boating at twilight in Forest Park. 50. Graduate from Wash U and stomp on that seal.

Think Beyond the Bubble. . . Great Students Make Great Neighbors! WUSTL is surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods made up of life-long St. Louisans, working professionals, children, and students. As students travel beyond the bubble of the Danforth Campus they are encouraged to think about their neighbors and their place in the greater community. Exploring St. Louis


TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING NAVIGATING CAMPUS Bus service is provided for travel exclusively around the Danforth Campus. The Circulator shuttle service operates on an approximately 20-minute frequency, seven days a week from 7:40 AM to 2:00 AM, during the academic year. Bikes are also a great way to get around campus. For your convenience, there are bike racks and bike repair stations located across campus.

EXPLORING ST. LOUIS METRO TRANSIT Wondering how you are going to explore St. Louis or get your shopping done without a car? Metro Transit St. Louis provides transportation around the St. Louis region by MetroBus or MetroLink light rail. It also offers special services for registered ADA-eligible customers. Washington University works with Metro Transit in order to coordinate the U-Pass program, which allows all full-time undergraduate students to use any St. Louis Metro Transit service for free. With the U-Pass, students have the ability to work, intern, volunteer, and explore all of the area’s cultural and entertainment venues. Ordering your U-Pass before arriving on campus in August, will ensure that it is included in your move-in packet. More specific instructions are available on the First Year Center website, firstyear. Questions may be directed to or 314.935.5601.

EASY U-PASS ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS If possible, you will want to order your U-Pass before arriving on campus in August. Ordering early will ensure your U-Pass is included in your movein packet. Visit for information about ordering your U-Pass. Questions may be directed to or 314.935.5601.

BIKING Bikes are a great way to get around (and get off) campus, especially if you don’t have access to a car. The Washington University Police Department (WUPD) offers Kryptonite bike locks for $20, and you can buy them during Bear Beginnings or throughout the rest of the year at the WUPD Office on the South 40. In addition, you must register your bike through WUPD for free to get a decal and registration number. For more information, you can go to WUPD’s website at

CARSHARE As an alternative to using public transportation, the University, in conjunction with Enterprise, provides the WU community access to a car-sharing program. Car sharing is when members of a community share a fleet of vehicles. For an hourly rental fee, you can have access to a vehicle when you need one without all the hassle of having a car on campus. All Washington University community members over the age of 18 with a valid driver’s license are eligible to participate in this program. To find out more about the CarShare program and complete your registration, go to



GET OUT AND EXPLORE! Ask your WUSA or RA about the Offices of Sustainability and First Year Center Programs’ St. Louis Neighborhood Guides, which can aid your off-campus exploration of St. Louis neighborhoods and favorite local attractions, including vintage clothing stores, haunted mansions, and eclectic restaurants.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM WASH U AMTRAK—Amtrak runs trains through Gateway Station, a train and bus terminal in St. Louis. The terminal is very accessible from campus; it is only a 10-minute car ride or a 15-minute MetroLink trip from Wash U. Trains run from St. Louis to a variety of Midwestern cities. It is particularly easy to get to Chicago, Kansas City, and Little Rock (as well as to places between St. Louis and those cities), and one-way or round-trip fares are available. You can purchase tickets or get more information at MEGABUS—Like Amtrak, Megabus stops in St. Louis at Gateway Station. It provides direct service from St. Louis to Chicago; Columbia, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Memphis, Tenn. although it is possible to continue on to a variety of other cities from those destinations. Oneway and round-trip fares are available, and you can purchase tickets or get more information at

GREYHOUND—Greyhound also runs through Gateway Station. It provides direct service from St. Louis to Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City, although it is possible to continue on to other cities from those destinations. One-way and round-trip fares are available, and you can purchase tickets or get more information at

PARKING SERVICES Freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus. This regulation is taken very seriously and violations will have serious implications. Transfer students should check with Parking and Transportation about having a car on campus.

LOCATION North Campus, 700 Rosedale Ave Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM HOURS PHONE 314.935.5601 EMAIL WEBSITE

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You’ve made it to the end of Bear Facts! We hope that this guide has helped you feel prepared for your arrival to campus in August and that you’re excited to see what’s in store over the next four years at Wash U. Be sure to keep an eye out for messages from students you’ll meet when you get to campus. WUSAs and RAs will be in touch this summer and have started groups on Facebook for each freshman floor so you can start connecting with your future floormates. You can also join the Class of 2018 or WUSTL transfer student group on Facebook to meet more of your peers, get questions answered, and stay up to date on news from The First Year Center and other campus offices as you get ready for college. Always feel free to reach out directly to The First Year Center (by now you’ve seen our contact information everywhere). We’re here to help make your first year of college great. The page that follows is meant to be a reference for your family as you leave home for school. The scissors are there for a reason: feel free to cut out the page and fill it in with your contact information so that your family can stay in touch with you during the year. Good luck and have a great summer. We can’t wait to meet you!


PARENT AND FAMILY MEMBERS! Use this page to keep track of your student’s contact information while at Wash U. You can cut along the line on the left to keep this page in an easy-to-find location around your house or office. NAME ROOM Residence House



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January 12

First day of classes

August 21

Move-in Day; Bear Beginnings Day 1

January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No classes)

August 21 – 22

Parent & Family Orientation

March 8 – 14

Spring Break (No classes)

August 25

First day of classes

April 24

Last day of classes

September 1

Labor Day (No classes)

October 10 – 12

Parent and Family Weekend

April 27 – May 6

Reading period and final exams

October 17

Fall Break (No classes)

May 15

154th Commencement

November 26 – 30

Thanksgiving Break (No classes)

December 5

Last day of classes

December 8 – 17

Reading period and final exams



INDEX Academic advising........................................................................................48 Academic assistance............................................................................. 54-58 Academic integrity.................................................................................20, 48 Advanced placement exams................................................................. 18-19 Alcohol education...................................................................................12, 20 AP...............................................................See advanced placement exams Architecture......................................................See College of Architecture Art........................................................................................See College of Art Arts & Sciences......................................... See College of Arts & Sciences Athletic Complex........................................................................................... 78 Banking..............................................................................................................81 Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation...............................37-39 Bear Bucks........................................................................................................81 Bear Bulletin e-Newsletter........................................................................ 102 Bear Necessities............................................................................................ 85 Blackboard.......................................................................................................17 Business.................................................................See Olin Business School Campus Bookstore................................................................................. 14, 84 Campus Connections................................................................................. 102 Campus Life.................................................................................................. 105 Campus Y...................................................................................................... 109 CarShare.........................................................................................................122 Career Center.................................................................................................54 Cell phone....................................................................................................... 82 Club sports...................................................................................................... 111 Co-curricular involvement................................................................. 105-112 College of Architecture......................................................................... 14, 46 College of Art.......................................................................................... 14, 46 College of Arts & Sciences....................................................................13, 46 Combined studies......................................................................................... 52 Community Service Office........................................................................ 109 Community service..................................................................................... 109 Computers............................................................................................... 82-84 Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning................................. 55 Course Listings................................................................................................16 Credit cards.....................................................................................................81 Dietary needs...........................................................................................69, 91 Dining..........................................................................................................69-71 Diplomas......................................................................................................... 57 Directions to campus................................................................................... 35 Disability Resources...............................................................................55, 91 Dual degree..................................................................................................... 52 eBilling...................................................................................................... 20, 80 Email..................................................................................................................15 Emergency Support Team (EST)............................................................... 78 Emergency...................................................................................................... 74 Emerging Leaders........................................................................................ 102 Engineering......................See School of Engineering & Applied Science Faith-based organizations..................See Interfaith Campus Ministries Family member........................................................................... 22-23, 30-31 Finances.....................................................................................................80-81 Financial aid............................................................................................. 80, 91 First 40...................................................................................................102-104 First Year Reading Program......................................................................... 39 Fitness.............................................................................................................. 78 Fraternities................................................................................ See Greek Life Gephardt Institute for Public Service..................................................... 109 Greek Life..............................................................................................105-106 Health forms................................................................................................... 77 Health............................................................................................................... 77 Home Plate............................................................................................ 72, 103 Housing..................................................................................................... 63-66 IB................................................................. See International Baccalaureate Important dates................................................................................................7 International Baccalaureate................................................................... 18-19 International students........................................................................... 25, 93 Intramural sports........................................................................................... 111 Leadership............................................................................................ 105, 107

LGBT..........................................................................................................92, 94 Libraries........................................................................................................... 56 Lost & Found................................................................................................... 73 Mail............................................................................................................22, 66 Major.........................................................................................................50, 52 Meal plans.......................................................................................................69 Minor................................................................................................................ 52 Move-In Day.............................................................................................35-36 Multicultural.............................................................................. 92, 94, 96-97 New Student Checklist............................................................................ 11-12 Nightlife..................................................................................................... 75-76 Olin Business School..............................................................................13, 46 Orientation..................................................................... See Bear Beginnings Packing list.......................................................................................................21 Parking............................................................................................... 35-36, 123 Peer mentors...........................................................................................40, 58 Placement exams..................................................................................... 18-19 Pre-Health....................................................................................................... 52 Pre-Law............................................................................................................ 52 Pre-orientation.........................................................................................24-29 Pre-professional advising............................................................................ 52 Registering for courses..................................................................... 13-16, 18 Registrar, University...................................................................................... 57 Religious organizations................................................................................ 95 Residential Advisor (RA).............................................................................40 Residential College Director.......................................................................40 Residential Colleges............................................................................... 64-65 Residential Life, The Office of.................................................................... 63 Roommate.......................................................................................................68 Safety.......................................................................................................... 72-74 Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.......................................... 14, 46 School of Engineering & Applied Science.........................................14, 47 Shipping........................................................................................................... 22 Shopping.............................................................................................21, 84-85 SOAR: Summer Orientation Registration Advising.................. 7, 13, 102 Sororities................................................................................... See Greek Life South 40 Fitness Center.............................................................................. 78 South 40 (S40).............................................................................................64 Sports............................................................................................................... 111 St. Louis................................................................................................... 116-122 Student Accounting......................................................................................80 Student Entrepreneurial Programs (StEP)............................................. 107 Student Financial Services (SFS)...............................................................80 Student government....................................................... See Student Union Student Health Services.............................................................................. 77 Student ID card........................................................................................20, 81 Student Involvement & Leadership (SIL).............................................. 105 Student organizations.........................................................................94, 105 Student Technology Services (STS).......................................................... 82 Student Union.............................................................................................. 107 Study abroad..................................................................................................54 Technology............................................................................................... 82-83 Textbooks................................................................................................. 14, 84 Transcripts....................................................................................................... 57 Transfer credits...............................................................................................18 Transfer students............................................................................................14 Transportation.......................................................................................122-123 Undecided.......................................................................................................50 U-Pass.............................................................................................................122 UTrucking........................................................................................................ 22 Varsity athletics............................................................................................. 111 Verification of enrollment........................................................................... 57 Washington University Police Department...................................... 72-73 WebSTAC................................................................................................... 15-16 Weston Career Center.................................................................................54 Writing Center, The...................................................................................... 58 WUSA..................................................................................... 40, 58, 101, 106 WUSTL Key......................................................................................................15


ABBREVIATIONS & OTHER ESSENTIAL WASH U EXPRESSIONS WE TRIED TO AVOID USING ABBREVIATIONS AND WASH U LINGO THROUGHOUT BEAR FACTS, but once you’re on campus you’ll be hearing a lot of the following expressions. 40, The The South 40, where all freshmen and many sophomores find their home. Occasionally abbreviated but rarely heard as S40. 560, The 560 Music Center, home to a concert hall, performance spaces, and practice rooms on The Loop. AC, The The Athletic Complex, a set of buildings houses the Field House, recreational courts, a weight room, cardio room, pool, squash courts, a spinning studio, and an ergometer room. ACAC A Cappella Advisory Council, the group responsible for organizing a cappella auditions in the fall. ArtSci The College of Arts & Sciences, the largest of Wash U’s four undergraduate programs. B-School Olin Business School, rated 4th in the nation Bloomberg Businessweek for the 2012-2013 school year. BD Bear’s Den, the main eating area on the South 40 located in the basement of South Forty House. Circ The Circulator, a bus making trips around campus in 20 minute intervals. CS40 Congress of the South 40, responsible for planning events for residents of the South 40. CSO Community Service Office, located in the DUC. DUC Danforth University Center, a major hub of activity on Main Campus. (Sounds like: duck) Froyo Frozen Yogurt, a Wash U-favorite snack available on and very close to campus. FYC First Year Center, responsible for connecting you with the people, programs, and resources you’ll need to make the most of your time at Wash U. GenChem General Chemistry I (Chemistry 111A), one of Wash U’s largest classes. Half & Half Half order of chicken, half order of fries, a favorite in Bear’s Den and The Village. IFC Interfraternity Council, the governing organization for fraternities on campus. IM Intramural Sports, a fun way to compete against your peers (see page 105). IQ Integrated inQuiry, the core curriculum requirements for those in the College of Arts & Sciences. LabSci Laboratory Sciences Building, home of Chemistry and the largest lecture hall on campus: LabSci 300. Main Campus Main Campus is generally distinguished from the two residential areas as the location where nearly all classes and administrative offices are. Olin When used alone, could either refer to Olin Library or Olin Business School. Use context clues. PAD Performing Arts Department, housed on the second floor of Mallinckrodt. PanHel Panhellenic Council, the entity that oversees sorority activities on campus. PLTL Peer-led Team Learning, a collaborative way of conquering certain subjects. Offered by Cornerstone. Pre-O Pre-Orientation Program. (See page 26 for more information.) RA Resident Advisor, two of which are found on each freshman floor. RCD Residential College Director, the professional living in your ResCollege who is responsible for managing all day-to-day operations, working with RAs, and getting to know you and your peers. RCO Residential College Olympics, a competitive event held each spring by CS40 where all ResColleges (and the North Side) compete in various activities held on the South 40. ResCollege Residential College, a community of buildings, often housing both freshmen and sophomores. ResHall Residence Hall, the place where you live on campus. ResLife The Office of Residential Life. RPM Residential Peer Mentor, who provides academic support to your ResCollege in a particular areas. Ruby Rubelmann House, a traditional residential hall found on the South 40 (under construction this year). SAC Student Admissions Committee, the student group responsible for conducting campus tours. SFS Student Financial Services, the office responsible for awarding financial aid packages and find scholarships for which you can apply. SFS is located in North Brookings. SLAM St. Louis Art Museum, a large (free) art museum located steps away from campus in Forest Park. SoFoHo South Forty House, housing sophomores, Bear’s Den, and ResLife. STC Student Technology Coordinator, a go-to resource for technology support in your ResCollege. STS Student Technology Services, located along the Gregg Walkway and offering tech support. StudLife Student Life, the independent newspaper of Wash U available Mondays and Thursdays. SU Student Union, which serves as the voice of students in the university community. T/X Transfer/Exchange, students joining or visiting the WU community from another school. Underpass, The The Underpass, a pathway under Forsyth Blvd. connecting main campus with the South 40. WCC Weston Career Center, the career center dedicated to students in the business school. WILD Walk In, Lay Down, a music festival held each semester in Brookings Quadrangle. WUSA Washington University Student Associate, students responsible for making your transition to life at Wash U as smooth as possible. (Sounds like WOO-sah) WUSTL Washington University in St. Louis, our school! Often called Wash U or WUSTL. (Sounds like: WOO-still)





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