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Get to Know the First Year Center
The First Year Center supports new students through their transition into the community of Washington University in St. Louis to assure that they build and sustain their academic and personal goals. The center brings together people, programs and resources to provide an undergraduate experience of exceptional quality where all students are known by name and story and where they prepare themselves for lives of purpose and meaning. Bear Beginnings: New Student Orientation, Parent & Family Weekend, and a host of other programs for students throughout the year are run out of the First Year Center.

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Family Ties: Parent & Family Weekend 2019- In This Issue:
Welcome back to Washington University in St. Louis! 

We are very excited you will be joining us on campus for Parent & Family Weekend! The weekend of November 1st through 3rd will be a wonderful time for you to visit with your student and connect with the Washington University community. 

This is a special edition of Family Ties, the quarterly newsletter for Washington University family members. In this newsletter, you will find information you need for the weekend including details related to check-in, tickets, and parking. If you do not regularly receive Family Ties and would like to sign up,  please register at this website.
Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Center 
Where do I need to check-in? 
Check-In and Registration will be located in the Sumer's Welcome Center Lower Level on Friday, November 1 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, November 2 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Sumer's Welcome Center is located on the newly renovated East End of campus. 

If you pre-purchased special event tickets or shirts, they will be available for pick-up at that time. Your student may also pick up information and special event tickets on your behalf. At check-in, you will also be provided a final schedule of events and other materials about Washington University and the St. Louis area. 
Can my family still participate in ticketed events? 
We still have many tickets available for many events during Parent & Family Weekend, including the Parent & Family BBQ, football game, the Women's Literary History Bus Tour, and more! We will also have a limited number of Parent & Family  Weekend t-shirts for sale. You may purchase these tickets with cash, check, or major credit card on-site on a first-come, firs-served basis until the event is sold out. 

Tickets for the Performing Arts Department's Legally Blonde performances must be purchased through the Edison Theater Box Office located in Mallinckrodt Center by calling 314.935.6543. 
Where can I park during the weekend? 
When picking up your check-in and registration packets, you may choose to park in the East End Garage located adjacent to the Sumer's Welcome Center. For long-term parking throughout the day, we encourage you to park in any designated visitor space on campus or yellow designated spaces on campus. 

Visitors will not need a permit to park in these spaces during the weekend. 

Visitor and yellow designated parking is available in the garages of the Danforth University Center (DUC), Snow Way and Millbrook on the Danforth Campus, as well as in Shepley and Wallace Garages on the South 40.  

As a reminder, you may also park in any unreserved space - those not marked as red or accessible - in any zone, starting at 5:00 PM on Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. 
Coordinating with Your Student 
What are students doing during the weekend? 
Please note, classes are not cancelled on Friday and you may want to check with your student regarding his or her class and study schedule for the weekend as many students will have exams, papers, and projects the week after you visit. 
Mobile App & Schedule 
How can I plan ahead? 

The WashUEvents Mobile App is an easy way and convenient way to navigate our events on your Apple (iOS) and Android smartphones and tablets. It contains all of the event information that you'll need to make the most out of your experience. This application is free to download and use. See below for steps to access the Parent & Family 2019 schedule through the mobile app. 


1.) Download the 'WashUEvents' application through the app store on your phone or tablet. Search 'WashUEvents' in your app store. Select 'Get' and 'Install' to obtain on your phone.


2.) Click 'Download Guides' and search for 'Parent & Family Weekend 2019' to access the schedule. 


3.) Add events to your personal schedule. 


Key features include a schedule view, creating your own personalized schedule, FAQs, and live updates. Please note that in the next few days, updates will continue to be made in the mobile app. 


Upon check-in, you will receive a print copy of the 2019 Parent & Family Weekend schedule. 

Contact the First Year Center
How do I get other questions answered? 
For any other questions, please refer to the Parents & Families website or call us at 314-935-5040 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM CST. During the weekend, First Year Center staff members will be available at the Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Center. 

We look forward to seeing you this weekend. Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any further questions and travel safely! 

The First Year Center

First Year Center | Washington University in St. Louis
Umrath House, lower level, suite 0925 | One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1136 | St. Louis, MO 63130 | Office: 314.935.5040 | Fax: 314.935.8516 |