We are pleased that your family has joined the Washington University in St. Louis community. We offer a wealth of support and a variety of ways to help you connect with your student and the university.

2020 Important Dates

January 10  Residence Houses Open
January 13  Classes Begin
January 20  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes)
March 8 – 14  Spring Break (no classes)
April 27 – May 6  Reading Week & Final Examinations
May 7  Residence Houses Close for all non-graduating students
May 15  Commencement
May 17  Residence Houses Close for graduating students
Fall 2020
August 15 First-Year Student Move-In Day; Bear Beginnings Begins
August 15-16 Parent & Family Orientation
August 22 Returning Students Move-In
August 24 First Day of Classes
September 7  Labor Day (No Classes)
October 10-13  Fall Break (No Classes)
October 23-25 Parent & Family Weekend
November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
December 4 Last Day of Classes
December 7-16 Reading Period and Final Exams
December 17 Residence Houses Close for Winter Break
December 17 – January 15, 2021 Winter Break Housing Available for Students at No Additional Charge

Upcoming Events


“At Washington University, we pride ourselves on knowing every student by name and by story”.

Lori S. White, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dear parents and families,

We are pleased to serve as your partner in the success of your student at Washington University!  We know you have invested a great deal in the success of your student, and we are honored that your student and your family have chosen Washington University.  We take the responsibility working with and supporting our students very seriously.  We also know that our parents and families serve as important partners in the development and success of our students.

It is normal to have lots of questions during the different phases of your student’s time at WashU, from orientation to commencement, and we are here to try to answer as many of them as we can.  This website has been specifically designed with parent and family questions in mind.  If you aren’t finding what you are looking for, please call us at 844-935-5040.

Go Bears!

Robert M. Wild, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Transition and Engagement & Dean of Students