A Day in the Life

Thank you to all that attended our first #WashU Wednesday Webinar about student life!

Our panel of students answered questions about everything under the sun from athletics and housing, to St. Louis and “Why WashU?” If you missed it—you can view it below.

We didn’t have time to get to everyone’s questions during the webinar, so we’ve answered a few below. Always feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any questions you have, we are here to help!

Where can I keep my bike if I bring it to college as my primary means of transportation. Are there racks in the dorms for security reasons, or can I keep it in my room? There are on-campus bike racks near academic buildings for students during the day and covered bike parking is located near residential housing areas. We encourage all students to bring a bike lock, or you can also register the bicycle with the Washington University Police Department. WUPD also offers high-quality bike U-Locks to members of the WashU community for a discounted price.

What kind of public transportation is available to travel throughout St. Louis? St. Louis has a light rail transit system, called the MetroLink, and a public bus system. All WashU students receive a Metro U-Pass, which allows them to ride all public transportation for free!

Is it possible for freshmen to get involved in research? What’s the best way to reach out ? Yes! We have an Office of Undergraduate Research that helps our students figure out how to get started, find funding, or share their own research. Many of our students also find opportunities through faculty in their classes or reach out to potential mentors through email. The Office of Undergraduate Research also puts on an Undergraduate Research Symposium  for students to meet faculty and other student researchers.

What does each meal plan entail? We offer three meal plans for incoming first-year students (Silver, Bronze, Platinum) and each has a certain number of points associated with it, which you can find online. Meal plans operate on an “all points” or “declining balance” basis, which offers students greater flexibility across our dining halls and a la carte cafes, and students can track their spending through WEBSTAC. .

Can you describe the differences between traditional vs. modern style first year dorms? The main difference between traditional and modern residential halls is the location of the restroom. In traditional residential halls, the bathrooms are communal, while modern residential halls are suites with private bathrooms. Every first-year residential hall is part of a residential college and they all have their own sense community, spirit and traditions, as well as professional staff assigned to each.

How do you find internship opportunities? Our Career Center is available for students throughout their four years to find internships opportunities and their eventual careers. Students can work one-on-one with career advisors or be part of Career Interest Groups to be around students that share a similar interest. We also have a large alumni network who are happy to help our current students learn more about different jobs and industries.

How useful are Bear Bucks? Students can use Bear Bucks for laundry, vending, and printing around campus, as well as at all dining facilities on campus, and a variety of on an off campus businesses.

What is rate of premed goes to Medical school? WashU has around an 80% Medical School acceptance rate for first time applicants. We recommend students interested in pre-medicine work with a pre-health advisor throughout their time on campus in order to best prepare for the medical school application and interview process.

What is Greek life like on campus? About 2,500 students are members of Greek organizations, making up 35 percent of the undergraduate population. We currently have 25 recognized chapters: 11 Interfraternity Council Chapters, nine Women’s Panhellenic Association Chapters, four National Pan-Hellenic City-Wide Chapters, and the Alpha Psi Lambda co-ed Latino Fraternity.

What is WashU’s advising system like? At WashU, you work with a team of advisors who get to know you by name and story. The cornerstone of the advising system is the four-year advisor. The four-year advisor will be there with you every step of the way, from registering for your first semester to choosing a major, planning courses, and finding resources for academic support, research, study abroad, internships and more.

In addition to the four-year advisor, students have a major advisor, minor advisor, pre-professional advisor (if on one of WashU’s pre-professional tracks), research advisor, study abroad advisor, and career center advisor. Together with your advisors, you will explore yourself, discover your options, make plans, and reflect on your experience, as you create your academic and professional pathway at WashU and beyond.

What is study abroad like? How can students begin planning their experience? We offer over 100 study abroad programs in more than 50 countries, spanning six continents. Students in all academic divisions can study abroad. Students can go abroad for a summer, semester, or full academic year. We offer English-based study abroad programs and language-immersion programs. Students can begin planning an abroad experience by working with their four-year advisor when they get to campus. The four-year advisor will help make sure students are prepared with foreign language and any other requirements. Some students study abroad as early as the summer following freshman year.