Wondering what you should be doing in order to prepare for your arrival to campus? Be sure to complete the following action items and review the rest of the First Year Center website to ensure you are as prepared as possible.

May 2020 Checklist

Enrollment

In the WashU Pathway, be sure you complete your Enrollment Checklist items.

  1. Room and Board Application
  2. Final High School Transcript submission

Establish Access

  1. Activate your WUSTL Key
    Your WUSTL Key is the set of login credentials (login ID and password) you will use to access most WashU online services, including WebSTAC, email, course registration, housing, portals, and more.
    • WUSTL Key activation information is emailed to incoming first-year students by the University Registrar. These notices go out on a rolling basis starting in mid-April.
    • WUSTL Key activation emails are delivered to the email address listed on your Common Application.  The email comes from <registrarwustlkey@email.wustl.edu> with the subject line: “Activate Your WashU WUSTL Key and Email.”  
    • If you did not receive your WUSTL Key activation email by June 1, contact the University Registrar at registrar@email.wustl.edu or 314-935-5959. Please provide your full name and student ID number when you contact the University Registrar.
    • If you already created your WUSTL Key but have forgotten it, you can retrieve your login ID and/or password through WUSTL Key Self-Service.
  2. Activate your WUSTL email account
    All communication from the university will be sent here. Please check it several times per week.
    • Select the “New WUSTL Student?” Click here to activate” button.
    • For support in accessing your WUSTL email, please contact Student Technology Services or 314-935-7100.

Prepare for Arrival

In the WashU Pathway, be sure you complete your Enrollment Checklist items.

  1. Bear Beginnings Registration Form
  2. Disability Resources Accommodation Request Form
  3. Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life Information Request (Optional)

Beginning in June, you will use this web page to access information about your Before You Arrive Checklist items.

June 2020 Checklist

Establish Access

  1. Review and edit your WebSTAC User Profile.
    • Select “Student Information” and “User Profile” on the top navigation panel.
    • Ensure you have an updated mailing address.
    • Check that all of your contact information is correct, including any parent or family contacts you would like on your account. Only family email accounts included on your WebSTAC profile will receive university updates and announcements, including emergency notifications.
    • You can also add your preferred name so it can be reflected on your university records, including your student ID card.
      If you have a preferred name and will be attending Summer Start, please update this at least 10 business days before your program start date to ensure your student ID card is correct.
    • This is the portal where you will later access course registration, housing information, billing statements, and more.
  2. (Updated 06.08.20) Campus Card Services is updating the head-shot and student ID photo process and moving this action item to July. Please check back for an updated process under the June 2020 checklist.

Academics

  1. Check your WUSTL email account several times a week for important messages from your academic division. You will receive details about course registration, how to connect with your academic adviser, and may be asked to fill out important forms.
  2. Take any necessary online placement and diagnostic exams.
    • Calculus placement
    • Chemistry diagnostic
    • Foreign language*: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin
      *Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Urdu will be taken on campus during Bear Beginnings
    • Writing Placement
    • Computer Science Placement
    • It is important you complete these exams before Summer Start or speaking with your academic adviser over the phone about course registration.
  3. Connect with Disability Resources if you are seeking academic support or accommodations related to disabilities.
  4. Complete the Academic Integrity module.
    • Log on to Canvas.
    • Select the “FL2020.Academic Integrity – Class 2024” course.
    • This module must be completed by August 2nd.

Health & Wellness

Complete your Habif Health & Wellness Center requirements
Including health history, vaccination (immunization) documentation, and health insurance waiver.

 

July 2020 Checklist

Academics

  1. Register for classes during your assigned registration time.
    • You must have connected with your academic adviser and been approved to register before this date. Your academic division will email you with information about how to connect with your adviser.
    • Log on to WebSTAC and select “Courses & Registration” and “Registration” on the top navigation panel.
  2. Check your WUSTL email account several times a week for important messages from your academic division. Each division has a different to do item this month.
  3. Read the Common Reading Program
    • Please note: due to COVID restrictions, shipping of the book was delayed. The book will be mailed to your permanent address and should arrive by August.

Please note: The United States Postal Service is currently experiencing significant delays. We expect most books to be delivered by August 14th.  Unfortunately, given the current challenges with postal services, sending another book at this time is not possible.

If you are concerned about the shipping delay: 

  • For U.S.-based students, we recommend you check with your local public library to see if you can get an e-book version. 
  • For international students, we will provide you with a printed copy when you arrive to campus.  If you are an international student who has chosen to take classes from a location outside the U.S., please contact commonreadingprogram@wustl.edu.

Health & Wellness

  1. Transfer your medical records and prescriptions to the Habif Health & Wellness Center and make arrangements for treatment.
  2. Don’t Forget: Complete your Habif Health & Wellness Center requirements
    Including health history, vaccination (immunization) documentation, and health insurance waiver.

Prepare for Arrival

  1. Updated July 9, 2020: The U-pass sign-up will now go live on August 1st. 

Establish Access

  1. Send a head-shot to Campus Card Services for your student ID.
    Photo Specifications:
    • Submit a .jpeg format file.
    • Use a color photo.
    • Should include your full face or front view.
    • Should be in front of a plain white or off-white background.
    • Image should span from the top of your head to the top of your shoulders.
    • You must be only person in the picture.
    • All hats or headgear should be removed for the photo except hats or head coverings worn for religious purposes.
    • Your face should be fully visible.  Please ensure no item or attire covers or otherwise obscures any part of your face or casts a shadow on your face.
    • Avoid reflections from the eyeglasses that obscure your eyes or (Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are only acceptable if needed for medical reasons).
    • Photos should not be retouched to alter your appearance in any way.

 

August 2020 Checklist

Academics

  1. Check your WUSTL email account several times a week for important messages from your academic division. Each division has a different to do item this month.
  2. Confirm your AP, IB, and transfer credits were sent to the university.
    Log on to WebSTAC and select “ Academics” and “Scores and Placements” on the top navigation panel.
  3. Complete the Common Reading Program assignment.

Please note: The United States Postal Service is currently experiencing significant delays. We expect most books to be delivered by August 14th.  Unfortunately, given the current challenges with postal services, sending another book at this time is not possible.

If you are concerned about the shipping delay: 

  • For U.S.-based students, we recommend you check with your local public library to see if you can get an e-book version. 
  • For international students, we will provide you with a printed copy when you arrive to campus.  If you are an international student who has chosen to take classes from a location outside the U.S., please contact commonreadingprogram@wustl.edu.

Health & Wellness

  1. Complete “AlcoholEdu for College,” an alcohol and other drug prevention education online module through EVERFI.  You will receive an email with information about how to access the module.
  2. Transfer your medical records and prescriptions to the Habif Health & Wellness Center and make arrangements for treatment.
  3. Last chance to complete your Habif Health & Wellness Center requirements
    Including health history, vaccination (immunization) documentation, and health insurance waiver

Prepare for Arrival

  1. Check your housing assignment.
    Log on to WebSTAC and select “Housing” and “WashU Housing Portal” on the top navigation panel.
  2. Sign up for a U-Pass, a free transit card for St. Louis public transportation.
    You will receive an email in August with instructions on how to sign up.
    Your pass must be ordered before August 31st to ensure it is ready for Bear Beginnings.
  3. Pack for Move-In Day!
    Please pack all belongings in boxes or plastic bins. Use painters tape to label them with your name, cell phone number, building, and room number.  Remember, you will be carrying these bins, boxes, and other items up several flights of stairs so make them light and easy to carry.