Hi Class of 2026,

We hope your midterms are going well and you are looking forward to a restful Spring Break.

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Important Dates/Deadlines

Spring 2023

  • March 3: Last day to change a class to pass/fail
  • March 12-18: Spring Break (No classes)
  • April 21: Course registration
  • April 28: Last day of classes
  • May 1-10: Reading Days and Finals
  • May 15: Commencement

To-Do Items & Reminders

Spring Break Vehicle Storage

Because vehicles cannot be left unattended on the Danforth Campus for any extended period of time during any given year (for more than 72 consecutive hours for commuters or for more than five consecutive days for campus residents), WashU provides a vehicle storage option for those traveling during winter and spring breaks. If you are interested in storing a vehicle over Spring Break, please contact the Parking and Transportation Services team. The team will assign a storage location and provide a storage placard that must be displayed on the vehicle during the entire storage period. Review the Parking & Transportation Newsletter for updates and reminders from their office.

What to do in the Lou

First Year In the Lou:

Union Station: March 4, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Student Transitions & Family Programs will be taking students to visit Union Station on March 4! First-year students that attend will be given tickets to explore the aquarium, ride the Ferris wheel, play mini golf, tour the Mirror Maze, and enjoy the carousel. WUSAs will depart from the Alumni House Parking Lot at 12:30 PM to walk with students to take the MetroLink to Union Station. Sign up here!

Missouri Botanical Gardens: April 8, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join your peers in the Class of 2026 in exploring the Missouri Botanical Gardens! Student Transitions & Family Programs will be taking first-year students to the Missouri Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 8. Buses will leave from the Alumni House Parking Lot at 12:00 PM and will return to campus no later than 3:00 PM. Sign up to reserve your spot! 

Community Events:

Arch Madness: March 2-5

The 2023 State Farm MVC Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to St. Louis for the 33rd straight year! Get tickets to attend Arch Madness at Enterprise Center as all 12 Valley teams battle it out for a trip to the NCAA Tournament, or cheer on the WashU bears for free (with a student ID) on Friday, March 3 at the Field House at 6:55 PM.

Holi at Stacy Park: March 4, 12:00 PM

Celebrate spring with the traditional Indian festival of Holi! This free event at Stacy Park in Olivette will feature music, Bollywood performers, South Asian street food, and plenty of colored powders.

Celebrate 314 Day: Various Dates

March 14 is known as 314 Day: A day devoted to celebrating St. Louis (the 314 area code). Celebrate with a 3.14 mile walk, toasted ravioli tacos for $3.14 at Mission Taco, or attend the 314 Day STL Films Open House on March 10 for free screenings of short films shot in St. Louis.

Narcissus Garden at Laumeier Sculpture Park: Now - May 14

Artist Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, an immersive installation consisting of approximately 1,000 spheres with reflective mirrored surfaces, is now on display at Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills. Reserve your free ticket to the exhibit.

What's Happening on Campus This Month

First-Year Student Nights at the Arts:

Student Transitions and Family Programs is partnering with the Performing Arts Department, the Department of Music, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and the Program in Film and Media Studies to highlight artistic events taking place on campus this semester. First-year students who sign up for a featured event from 2 or more of the offices listed above will get a free WashU bucket hat or sweatshirt! For our next event, we are partnering with the Performing Arts Department who is performing the Greek tragedy The Oresteia on Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 PM at Edison Theatre! Student tickets are free if you pick them up at the Edison Theatre Box Office. Get your ticket at the box office and check in with a Student Transitions & Family Programs staff member on the day of the event to earn credit toward your free WashU apparel item! If you plan to attend, please sign up.

First-Year Student Nights at Athletics: March 5, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Student Transitions & Family Programs will continue partnering with Athletics to highlight our spring semester varsity athletes! First-year students who attend the highlighted events will earn a free concessions voucher for each event they attend. Attend two or more highlighted events and earn your choice of a WashU crewneck or a WashU bucket hat! The next event will have students watch the Men’s Tennis team take on DePauw University on March 5 at 10:00 AM and the Women's Tennis team take on Illinois State University on March 5 at 2:00 PM. Sign up to attend and check the STFP Instagram regularly for information about future events. 

International Women's Day Panel: March 2, 6:30 PM

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for an educational panel consisting of current faculty members and Ph.D. students talking about their work with women in international communities. The event will be held in Umrath Lounge. RSVP online.

Speaker Series: Jordan Klepper: March 4, 6:00 PM

Congress of the South 40 will continue their Speaker Series with Jordan Klepper, known for his work on the Emmy award winning "The Daily Show" and host of the late night Comedy Central show, "The Opposition with Jordan Klepper." This event is free to all students and will be held at Graham Chapel.

Elle King Live at the Pageant: March 7, 7:00 PM

WashU Social Programming Board is offering free tickets to singer-songwriter Elle King's concert at the Pageant for the first 120 students to register. Students must register online for a ticket.

17th Annual African Film Festival: March 24-26

Enjoy a weekend of free screenings of award-winning films made by African filmmakers. The festival will be held in Brown 100. The African Modernism in America exhibit at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will be open for special viewing hours until 7:00 PM during the festival.

Upcoming Career Center Events:

Spring 2023 Virtual Startup Job + Internship Fair: March 7, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Career Center: Planning Your Summer

Internships are fantastic for advancing skills, meeting potential mentors, and gaining exposure to industry. But full-time internships aren’t the only way to give something a try this summer. Consider developing a “summer mix.”   


Your summer mix might include a paid part-time job, volunteering, shadowing, informational interviews, research, coursework, or personal projects perhaps a few of these, each on a part-time basis. Any of these options will lead to a versatile set of attractive skills and a growth mindset around experiential learning. They will all inform your story, enhance your resume, and be valuable to future employers.  



  • Look at our What You Can Do page for summer planning ideas, helpful handouts, and resources.  
  • Look on Handshake for our on-going slate of skill-building workshops, take advantage of Live Chat for resume feedback, stop by our office in DUC 110 for quick questions, or schedule an appointment with an adviser.  

Department Debrief: The Writing Center and Speaking Studio

The Writing Center and Speaking Studio — a free service — offers writing and public-speaking support to all WashU students. Tutors will read and discuss any kind of work in progress, including course papers, senior theses, application materials, and presentations. We work with students at any stage of the process, including brainstorming, developing and clarifying an argument, organizing evidence, and improving style.

The center is located in Mallinckrodt Center on the lower level. We offer day, evening, and Sunday appointments – both in-person and online. Appointments are preferred and can be made on our website, but walk-ins will be accepted if tutors are available.


For Spring 2023, dedicated Undergraduate Walk-in Hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


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