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. Send a head-shot to Campus Card Services for your student ID.
    Photo Specifications:
      • jpeg format file
      • Color photo 
      • Full face or front view
      • Plain white or off-white background
      • Image from top of head to top of shoulders
      • Cardholder 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
      • No item or attire should cover or otherwise obscure any part of the face or cast a shadow on your face
      • There should be no reflections from the eyeglasses that obscure the eyes
      • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless needed for medical reasons
      • Photos must not be retouched to alter the cardholder’s appearance in any way

Academic

  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

Academic

  1. Register for classes on July 14th- July 16th 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
    • If you attended Summer Start, you received the book at the program.
    • If you did not attend a summer program, the book was mailed to your permanent address and should have arrived in early June.

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. 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 July with instructions on how to sign up.
    Your pass must be ordered before July 31st to ensure it is ready for Bear Beginnings.

 

August 2020 Checklist

Academic

  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.

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. Sign your Bear Beginnings waiver before arriving for Move-In Day
  2. 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.