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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.

Please visit the First Year Center websiteAlso, please feel free to contact us at or 314.935.5040.

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Parent & Family Weekend
Registration for Parent & Family Weekend now open!

Parent & Family Weekend at Washington University in St. Louis is an opportunity for student and family members to reconnect on campus. Throughout the weekend, there will be a host of programs, tours, and events offered that highlight the Washington University experience. Most importantly, it is a time to spend time with your student and meet other Washington University family members.

Visit  to view the Parent & Family Weekend schedule of events, register for the weekend, and plan your visit to campus. We look forward to seeing you on campus October 26-28!

Campus events
Many of the ticketed tours are sold out. However, there are 50+ non-ticketed events families can attend, including faculty lectures, open houses, information sessions, as well as some ticketed and non-ticketed performances and free athletic events.  

Non-ticketed events may be found online at  the Parent & Family Weekend schedule of events. All events listed aside from those noted as ticketed events are open for parents and family members to attend conference-style. 

Edison Theatre tickets may be purchased online or by phone; current WashU student tickets are free for Edison Theatre productions and may be reserved online or by phone as well. For more information, please visit

The WashU Athletics events over Parent & Family Weekend are free to students and families. Cheer on the WashU Bears in volleyball and men's and women's soccer. For more information, please visit

Plan your visit

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Career Center Mark Smith has shared his family favorites in St. Louis. Visit the Career Center's  St. Louis recommendations for great places to eat, areas of the city to explore, and family-friendly attractions. 

For additional information on accommodations and restaurants, visit

Family Discounts

Drury Hotels has special Parent & Family Weekend rates available for Washington University families. Stay with Drury Hotels for discounted rates from Thursday, October 25th through Sunday, October 28th. To reserve a hotel room within the special rate, reserve on or before Sunday, September 23rd. For more information, visit

Families can also find available discounts for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Go Best Express airport shuttle on the First Year Center website

University Libraries
Stay Connected
Looking for ways to assist your student in using the Washington University Libraries? Stay connected by clicking here.

The portal offers information on research and tech workshops, study rooms, research guides in over 80 topics, technology available for checkout including DSLR cameras and portable projectors, and more!

Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)
Unlawful Presence Policy Changes - How does this affect my international student?
Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services changed policy related to Unlawful Presence in the U.S. Under the new policy, if a student violates their status, they may be accruing Unlawful Presence in the U.S. Potential violations include: unauthorized work, not graduating on time, expired or incorrect I-94 entry records, and failure to report authorized work on Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Maintaining visa status has always been important, but with the new rules it is even more important. We encourage students to attend upcoming workshops on these changes or contact their OISS advisor with any questions. 

For more information on the policy changes, please see the Office for International Students and Scholars  Visa Updates page .

Parent Payment Options Still Available!
Partners in Education with Parents Program

It's not too late to consider the payment options available to you in the Financial Information for Parents & Families brochure. Our flagship program, Partners in Education with Parents (PEP), gives families several options to cover tuition, activity fee, housing costs, and meal plan. 

Using the PEP Multiyear Option, you may borrow what you need for your student's remaining years at WashU, prepay all remaining years, or combine these two options. If you choose a Multiyear Option, a portion of your charges will be frozen at this year's cost. For this reason, applications for the 2018-2019 academic year Multiyear, Combination, and Prepay Options will only be accepted prior to November 30, 2018. 

You may also borrow what you need for only this year using the PEP Annual Option. Online applications for the PEP Annual Option will be accepted throughout the month of January 2019. If you choose to enroll in the interest-free Installment Payment Plan to pay tuition and fees over equal monthly payments, semester payment plans are available in WebSTAC. The spring semester billing statement will be available beginning December 1, with a due date of January 22, 2019. 

Learn more about each of these payment options and consider your options here.

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 |