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.


We coordinate orientation events such as Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation, support student’s transition to college through the Washington University Student Associate (WUSA) program, coordinate faculty engagement programs like Classroom Connections, create leadership opportunities through the First Year Center Executive Board, and provide programming for family members such as Parent & Family Orientation, Parent & Family Weekend, and much more.​