The First Year Center is excited to welcome you into the Washington University in St. Louis community!  We will serve as your point of contact and resource as you prepare for your first year at WashU.

Before You Arrive

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    From the Students…

    First Year Students
    “Since day one, WashU has felt like my second home. When I first arrived on campus, a team of students were there to greet me and welcome me with open arms into the WashU community. I started joining new clubs, hanging out with friends on my res college floor, and exploring everything WashU has to offer. Soon enough, I had found my place at WashU, surrounded by friends and a community that does everything it can to make you feel like you belong.”
    – Jacob Blum, Class of  2021

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    From the Dean of Students…

    Dear new students,

    On behalf of all my colleagues on the faculty and staff, welcome to Washington University!  We are honored that you have chosen Washington University as your new home.  There are many people, departments and programs here on campus to help ensure that you, our students, have the information you need to make a smooth transition to the University in your first year.  It is normal to have lots of questions and we are here to try to answer as many of them as we can.  This website has been specifically designed with your questions in mind.  If you aren’t finding what you are looking for, please call us at 314-935-5040.

    Welcome to the Washington University family.  Go Bears!

    Robert M. Wild, Ph.D.
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Dean of Students, and Chief of Staff