OrientationBear Beginnings 2021

Transfer & Exchange Welcome

Bear Beginnings: Transfer & Exchange Welcome will take place Thursday, August 26th through Saturday, August 28th.

All students need to arrive and be ready to attend Bear Beginnings activities by the morning of Thursday, August 26th*.

*International students will begin orientation with the Office for International Students & Scholars on Tuesday, August 24th. International transfer and exchange students will move-in on Monday, August 23rd.

Domestic transfer students will move-in on Wednesday, August 25th.


Move-In

International transfer and exchange students will move-in on Monday, August 23rd. Domestic transfer students will move-in on Wednesday, August 25th.

Those students living in Residential Life housing will be assigned a move-in time when your housing assignment is released in July.

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

Early Arrival Request Process

Early arrival may be approved for Friday, August 20th for medical, religious reasons, or other extenuating circumstances. If you require a August 20th move-in, please fill out the early arrival request form in the WashU housing portal, accessed through WebSTAC.

The form will be available beginning Monday, July 5th at 9:00am.

Early arrival requests must be submitted by 5:00 PM CDT Friday, August 6, 2021.

If you are you requesting a religious exception and have not done so already, you may wish to connect with the Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life. Chabad and Hillel will be hosting Shabbat meals and services on Friday evening and Saturday.

Fall Welcome Schedule

Bear Beginnings: Transfer & Exchange Welcome will take place Thursday, August 26th through Saturday, August 28th.

During Transfer & Exchange Welcome, students will engage with both their academic and transfer/exchange communities.

Convocation

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.

Families will receive a “Convocation kit” in the mail so they can participate in our university tradition from home on Saturday, August 28.

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 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. 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 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 Bear Beginnings: Transfer and Exchange Welcome, 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: Transfer and Exchange Welcome, please contact Miranda Kroeger at the First Year Center.