Dear parents and families:
Welcome to Washington University in St. Louis! My name is Rob Wild and I am the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, which means I work with many of the people and programs that will support your student while they are learning here on campus. We are glad you and your student have chosen Washington University and on behalf of my colleagues, we are all looking forward to welcoming you and your student to campus!
I know many of you have questions about the fall semester and the upcoming academic year in light of the current public health challenges with COVID-19. The university
Fall Contingency Planning Committee
is exploring a number of scenarios to inform planning in critical areas including academic calendars, curriculum, residential life, and student and community safety. We are working to ensure that we can provide an in person experience that is safe for everyone. We will share more information as soon as it is available. You can read more about the
university’s response to COVID-19 including a series of FAQs for admitted students.
We believe that regular communication with parents and families is critical to the success of our students.
Below, you will find the May edition of
, the quarterly newsletter written specifically for the parents and families of undergraduate students. This quarterly publication is edited by the
First Year Center
and sent throughout the year directly to your inbox.
The key to successful transition is preparation. I have introduced below some key programs, resources, and information that I hope will serve useful as you help your student prepare for the next step in their journey.
- Bear Essentials for Families will arrive to your address in mid-June. This brief guide provides an overview of the WashU first-year experience and suggests strategies and resources for your student and your family.
- The First Year Center (FYC) will serve as a resource for you during your student's entire undergraduate experience. The FYC hosts important programs to help families transition into the university and stay connected throughout the year. You can find information pertinent to you as a family member on the Division of Student Affairs Parent & Family website. FYC staff also provide regular and important information to parents and families throughout the summer and the academic year.
- The FYC also coordinates communications, programs, and resources to support new students. The FYC often communicates with new students throughout their first year at WashU. We have identified some important milestones you can support your student in accomplishing this summer further down in this publication.
While the next few months can be full of excitement and anticipation, we know many of you will continue to have questions. We invite you to connect with us at
or call us at 314.935.5040 or toll free at 844.935.5040. Additionally, if you are looking for helpful information, we recommend you visit the
Division of Student Affairs Parent & Family website
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Robert M. Wild, PhD
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (effective June 1, 2020)