Messages from the University

Read important messages sent from from the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to families of undergraduate students.

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COVID-19 Reminders and Testing Updates

August 31, 2020 Dear students and families: With many students set to begin returning to St. Louis this week, we are writing to share some important reminders and several updates related to our plans for COVID-19 testing. While this message is being sent to undergraduate students and their families, much of this guidance also applies […]

More information about the weeks ahead

August 24, 2020 Dear Students and Families, We are writing to follow up to the communication you just received from Chancellor Martin and Provost Wendland, to share some additional, important information related to fall planning. First, we want to share a personal note. We know these past few months haven’t been easy on all of […]

Final preparations for the fall semester

August 24, 2020 Dear students and families, We hope this message finds you well and managing the circumstances of this unusual summer as smoothly as possible. Today was a significant day here on Washington University’s Danforth Campus – it was the first day of the fall semester for the Brown School and the School of […]

Washington University Fall Opening Update: Residential Life

July 31, 2020 Dear Students, Following the Chancellor’s announcement this morning, you may have questions as it relates to housing. In response to the current public health situation and recommendations from medical and public health professionals, the university has made the decision to move to single bed room occupancy in all residential buildings. While we […]

Washington University Fall Opening Update: Returning Students and Families

July 31, 2020 Dear returning upper-division students and families, I hope all of you are safe and well. We have heard from many of you this summer - we very much appreciate the many ideas and suggestions, and the words of encouragement from so many, as we strive to face together the big challenges before […]

Washington University Fall Opening Update: New Students and Families

July 31, 2020 Dear new Washington University students and families, As we have shared previously, we are so thrilled that you have chosen Washington University and we want to again extend our welcome to you, as our newest members of the Bear Family!  Without a doubt, your first year at WashU will be historic and […]

Our plan for the fall semester

July 31, 2020 To our Danforth Campus community, For the last several months, we have been squarely focused on planning for the fall semester and the steps we will take to bring our students, faculty, and staff back to the Danforth Campus as safely as possible for teaching, learning, research, and community. We are writing […]

Washington University Fall Opening Update

July 20, 2020 Dear Washington University parents and families, I am writing today to share a brief update.  As Chancellor Martin indicated in his email on May 27, we plan to announce our final plans for the fall semester by the end of this month. We have been working very hard since the spring to […]

Fall Billing Update

July 1, 2020 Dear undergraduate students, parents, and families, As Chancellor Andrew D. Martin shared in his May 27 letter to the community, Washington University has made changes to our 2020-2021 academic calendar to allow for a phased approach to bringing students and faculty back to campus.  The first day of classes for undergraduate students […]

Fall Planning Update

June 19, 2020 Dear students, parents, and families in the Class of 2024 and new transfer students, Hello from St. Louis!  My colleagues and I were able to speak with many of you on a webinar on May 28th.  This week we launched a new website to provide insight into our planning process for the […]

Fall planning update to incoming students and families

Dear Incoming Washington University Students and Parents, We are writing to share with you, our newest community members, the message from Chancellor Martin that was just sent to all current Washington University students and families regarding our plan to return to campus in the fall. We hope this letter provides you with some answers to […]

Fall planning update to returning families

Dear parents and families, We are forwarding below an important message that was sent out to the University community earlier today about the fall calendar. During the past few months, we have heard from many of you, sharing your feedback and suggestions for how we should handle the fall semester at Washington University. Two things […]