OrientationSophomore Welcome 

Fall 2021

Registration is required to confirm your spot at Sophomore Welcome. The registration deadline has been extended to Noon CDT on August 6th.

Flowchart explaining how to register for Sophomore Welcome

Sophomore Welcome Schedule

View the full Sophomore Welcome Schedule in the Fall Welcome app. 

The app can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play Stores by searching for “Events @ WashU.”

Registration Information

Registration is required to confirm your spot at Sophomore Welcome. The registration deadline has been extended to Noon CDT on August 6th. We also hope you’ll take a moment to share some feedback on programming you would like to see during Sophomore Welcome.

All students must fill out the registration form linked above to reserve a spot at Sophomore Welcome. Depending on your housing plans for the fall, you may be directed in the registration form to fill out an additional form via your Housing Portal in WebSTAC. To access this additional form in the Housing Portal, select the tab labeled “Request Forms”, and then select the “Early Arrival” form.

Move-In

Move-In Day for students living in Residential Life-managed housing will take place on Thursday, August 26th. Students in the Class of 2024 who have been remote for the full 2020-2021 academic year will have the option to arrive on Wednesday, August 25th so they can familiarize themselves with campus. International students should arrive on August 23rd.

Sophomore Welcome will take place after students have finished moving-in through Saturday, August 28th. 

Sophomore students who are not able to arrive on their official move-in day should plan to arrive on August 28th. We are unable to accommodate arrivals before August 25th for non-international students. 

For more information about move-in, please reference the Residential Life website.

What to Expect

During Sophomore Welcome, you can expect to participate in WashU traditions, academic advising, and off-campus excursions. Check out the list below for more details about some of the programming that we will offer.

  • Academic Divisions:
    • The academic division experiences will include offerings such as deans’ meetings, group advising, and time to network with faculty.
  • Day on the Loop:
    • Students will be provided with funds to explore the food and shopping on the Delmar Loop.
  • Campus Traditions
    • Tailgate:
      • Food will be provided before an athletic scrimmage at Francis Olympic Field.
    • Class of 2024 Dinner:
      • This is a new tradition for which your Class will be the inaugural year! There will be food, music, and photo booths. You will also receive a small token from WashU at this event to recognize your graduation year.
    • Party in the Park:
      • This is a WashU tradition consisting of live music and food on the East End to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.
  • Formerly remote students:
    • Students from the Class of 2024 who were remote their first year will have the opportunity to return to campus a day prior to the rest of the Class. They will have specific programming on this day to assist in their acclimation to campus and St. Louis, including an off-campus excursion to the City Museum, a campus traditions tour, and academic and campus resource information sessions.

Sophomore Welcome Schedule

View the full Sophomore Welcome Schedule in the Fall Welcome app. 

The app can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play Stores by searching for “Events @ WashU.”


Sophomore Welcome will take place after students have finished moving-in through Saturday, August 28th. Move-In Day for students living in Residential Life-managed housing will take place on Thursday, August 26th. Students in the Class of 2024 who have been remote for the full 2020-2021 academic year will have the option to arrive on Wednesday, August 25th and take part in an extra day of programming to introduce them to campus.

We will provide an opportunity for the Class of 2024 to experience some of the traditions we were unable to host in fall of 2020.


Sophomore Welcome is a student program. Families are encouraged to participate in the virtual Family Webinar Series.

There will be an Information Station available for families on Wednesday, August 25th and Thursday, August 26th in the First Year Center from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Families can stop by to pick up a dining guide, a shopping guide, a WashU fan, a WashU mask, and write a letter from home that will be delivered to their student.

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.

Religious services may occur at the same time as Sophomore Welcome events. It is our goal that students will be able to fully observe their faith, practices, and traditions without missing important information. Students will be able to reach out to their Sophomore Welcome Leader in August if they need to miss any events due to religious services.

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 Sophomore Welcome, please contact Miranda Kroeger at the First Year Center. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least two weeks prior to your arrival on campus.

Second Year Experience: Fall Semester Programming

Additional programming throughout the fall semester will be available to all sophomore students! More details will be shared later. Here is what to expect:

  • Weekly excursions into the City of St. Louis
  • Service Saturdays (hosted by Campus Y)
  • Strengths Academy (hosted by Campus Life and the Career Center)
  • Monthly Bear Bulletin e-newsletter