OrientationBear Beginnings 2020

Fall Welcome

Information for students arriving in fall 2021 will be available in March 2021.


First Year Student Move-In will take place beginning on Friday, September 4 and continue through Sunday, September 6. Each student’s housing assignment, Move-In date, and Move-In time can be found via the WashU Housing Portal in WebSTAC. For more information about Move-In, please visit the Residential Life website.

Family Programming

Parent & Family Orientation will be offered as a virtual experience. More information can be found on the Parent & Family Orientation page.

Families will be mailed a “Convocation kit” to ensure they can participate in our university tradition from their home.

Fall Welcome Schedule

Students who chose to take their classes remotely will still be able to participate in Fall Welcome.


Convocation is the official academic welcome to the University for new students and their families.  Convocation includes speeches from a senior student and university leadership.

Convocation 2020 will take place virtually on Saturday, September 12th at 7:30PM. A link to watch the event will be provided on the Convocation page on September 12th.

Families will be mailed a “Convocation kit” to ensure they can participate in our university tradition from their home.

First Day of Classes

Start off the school year by participating virtually 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 Bear Beginnings: Fall Welcome. It is our goal that students will be able to fully observe their faith, practices, and traditions without missing important information. WashU makes every effort to provide information in a variety of formats to meet students’ needs. There is an asynchronous option available to students who may be unable to participate synchronously. 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.

Accommodation Statement

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events. If you have a disability and require any accommodations in order to fully participate in Bear Beginnings, please list them in your Bear Beginnings Information Form on your WashU Pathways account. After we receive your submission, a member of the First Year Center 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 Bear Beginnings, please contact Miranda Kroeger at the First Year Center.