OrientationBear Beginnings 2022

Fall Welcome

Move-in will be on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20. Students selected their move-in date in July.

Fall Welcome will take place Saturday, August 20 through Saturday, August 27. 

Move-In Day

There are two move-in day options: Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20*. You should have selected your check-in time in early June. All students, including international students, arriving Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 must select a check-in time. If you have not selected a check-in time, please do so ASAP. You can view your self-selected move-in date and time through the Housing Portal on WebSTAC. 

Move-In Day Procedures:

  1. Please arrive at your designated check-in time. We are not able to accommodate those who arrive early.
  2. Check in at Tisch Commons located on the main level of the Danforth University Center. Make sure you have a government ID photo with you. To ensure a smooth and spacious check-in process, we ask that only you enter the DUC and any family members or guests stay in the car. 

Danforth University Center is located at 6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63105.

During check-in, short term parking will be available in Zone 2 in Lot 35 (Simon Hall Lot). 

   3. You will receive a parking placard at check-in. This must be placed in the dashboard of your vehicle.

   4. From check-in, you will be directed to an unloading location to move into your residence hall.

    • Make sure all your belongings are packed in boxes, bags, or suitcases and labeled with:
      • First and last name
      • Building
      • Room number

   5. Professional movers will assist you

   6. You will then be directed to long-term parking in the East End garage.

   7. If you experience a travel delay and will arrive after 5:00 PM, please email Residential Life so we know you are still coming and can make alternate arrangements for you to pick up your key.

   8. Review the digital Move-In Guide for detailed information about the move-in day process, maps, packing lists, and more. 

  9. Contact Residential Life with any questions about housing assignments or move-in.

*Fall varsity athletes may have different arrival dates. Please check with your head coach for more information. International students should complete the OISS First-Year International Arrival Form.

Fall Welcome Schedule

Bear Beginnings: Fall Welcome will begin the evening of Move-In Day and conclude the evening of Saturday, August 27th. During Fall Welcome, you will meet with your WUSA small group, engage in academic experiences, and participate in a long-standing university tradition – Convocation.  

Information Stations

Staff from Student Transitions & Family Programs will be available to answer questions on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Student Transitions & Family Programs is located in the lower level of Umrath House on the South 40 (across from the Bear’s Den entrance). 

We will have printed schedules, resources, and maps, including directions to local St. Louis shopping and dining locations.

Parent & Family Orientation

We hope your family will be able to join us for Parent & Family Orientation. If they have not yet done so, please ask your family members to RSVP ASAP so we can anticipate their arrival. Preview the Parent & Family Orientation schedule.

For families who are unable to join us for Parent & Family Orientation, we will livestream and record the sessions. Livestream links will be available on the Parents & Families website.

Fall Welcome Waiver

In order to fully participate in Fall Welcome activities, including participating in off-campus experiences, you will need to sign a waiver.  

If you are under 18, you received an email earlier today with information about having a parent/guardian sign your participation waiver. If you are 18+, you will sign your participation waiver during move-in check in. 

If you do not wish to sign a waiver, you will not be able to participate in the optional off-campus experiences on Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26.

First Day of Classes

Start off the school year by participating in a WashU tradition: First Day!

Religious Observances

The Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL)offers connections with a wide variety of religious organizations on campus and in the St. Louis area. Please reach out to ORSEL to get connected with campus ministry groups and St. Louis organizations.

It often happens that religious services occur during Fall Welcome. It is our goal that students will be able to fully observe their faith, practices, and traditions without missing important information. Students should reach out to their WUSA if they plan on missing an orientation event for a religious observance to ensure the student has access to any information they may miss.

A schedule of services and events can be found on the Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Services and Events schedule.

Accommodation Statement

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events. If you have a disability and require accommodations (such as assistive listening device, captioning, large print, reserved front row seat, advanced copy of slides to be projected, etc.) in order to fully participate in Fall Welcome, please list them in your Bear Beginnings Information Form on your WashU Pathways account. After we receive your submission, a member of Student Transitions & Family Programs will contact you for more information. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least two weeks prior to your arrival on campus. For any other questions about accessibility during Fall Welcome, please contact Student Transitions & Family Programs.


Bank of America

Mallinckrodt Center, Room 303

  • Friday, August 19 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 20 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 21 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM