Outside of Sumers Welcome Center

Welcoming visitors back to WashU

Hi there!

My name is Tiara, and I oversee visit programming for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at WashU. I am so happy to share this information. After not having prospective students or families on campus for over a year, we are thrilled to welcome visitors back to campus this summer for WashU Walk-Through through August 13, 2021! Exciting right? You probably have questions. I have some answers.

It is important to note that the visit experience is shaped with the guidance of the university’s COVID Monitoring Team. The CMT recently approved updated public health guidance for summer on the Danforth Campus. As guidelines change, we will continue to adjust and seek opportunities to enhance campus visits. Our policy on visitors is available on our website. And we send emails about special visit programs, so stay tuned for those.

Now, to the visit details. Of course.

What is WashU Walk-Through?

WashU Walk-Through is a time-limited, mostly outdoor visit experience for prospective students and up to three guests. Registered students receive a personalized lanyard and draw string bag that includes a folded map of campus and other WashU swag. The visit starts with a 15-minute orientation to campus and introduction of the WashU Visits mobile app. You’ll have up to three hours on campus for a self-guided tour. Student interns help staff WashU Walk-Through and will be available to answer your questions.

Access to campus buildings is restricted. You’ll be able to see a residential life display room in the South 40 that is created to the specifications of a “modern double” room. You will also have access to the Danforth University Center, where the dining facility is open for “to go” orders and Mallinckrodt Center, home to the WashU Bookstore and a Subway.

Who can register for WashU-Walk Through?

WashU Walk-Through is open to high school students and up to three guests. We are also able to accommodate admitted students and up to three family members.

Capacity for WashU Walk-Through is limited. We will do our best to accommodate walk-ins, but registration is strongly encouraged. You can register for WashU Walk-Through and other events on the admissions website.

What are the COVID guidelines for visitors?

  • Self-screening is required for anyone coming to the Danforth Campus. Visitors must complete the visitor self-screening within two hours of entering campus.
  • All individuals on campus must continue to maintain six-foot physical distancing requirements.
  • Masking is still required in public indoor spaces. Masking is optional outdoors when physical distance is maintained.
  • Access to campus buildings is restricted aside from those listed below.
  • Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must submit the visitor screening, maintain physical distancing, and wear masks in indoor spaces.

What are your hours of operation?

  • The Sumers Welcome Center is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays until August 13th.
  • The Ursa’s display room is staffed by our summer interns on Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m, and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Danforth University Center (DUC) is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. DUC Dining (served out of Ibby’s) “to go” orders are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The WashU bookstore (located on the ground floor of Mallinckrodt Center) is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Subway is located on the first floor of Mallinckrodt Center and is open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Can I visit outside of your hours of operation?

Yes! You are welcome to explore campus on your own outside of hours for WashU Walk-Through. Here are a few things to note if we miss you:

  • Please complete the visitor self-screening before starting your tour of campus.
  • Printed maps are available in the Sumers Welcome Center lower level and main floor elevator vestibules. You can also scan a QR code to access the WashU Visits App and another to let us know you stopped by.
  • You can download the WashU Visits App to use your mobile device for a self-guided walking tour of campus.
  • You will not have access to any buildings outside of Mallinckrodt Center on the weekend (except for select Saturdays WashU Walk-Through is offered).
  • Until August 15th, parking is complimentary in visitor parking spaces. Covered parking is available for visitors at the East End Garage (beneath the Sumers Welcome Center) and Danforth University Center. Please make sure not to park in any spaces that are designated “RED.”

What should I see or do in St. Louis?

A perk of WashU’s location is having one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world as its front yard. I would recommend venturing off into Forest Park should your schedule allow. Forest Park is home to five major cultural institutions: The Muny, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and Saint Louis Zoo. This St. Louis gem offers everything from beautiful landscapes for leisurely walks and intense workouts to open spaces for popular festivals and annual events.

Another neighborhood within walking distance of campus is the Delmar Loop. This six-block stretch of Delmar Boulevard, affectionately known as The Loop by locals, is packed with locally owned shops, restaurants and event venues. The American Planning Association named it one of the 10 Great Streets in America! I’d recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Seoul Taco, Salt + Smoke, or Fitz’s Root Beer for a true St. Louis experience.

The Gateway Arch is a 10-minute drive or short train ride east of campus. There are two MetroLink light rail train stops on WashU’s campus. St. Louis is a mosaic of neighborhoods, each with its own cultural flair. I would recommend carving out some time to see some of the city if you can. Explore St. Louis is a great tool to learn about upcoming events and get recommendations for things to see and do during your visit.

What if I have other questions?

We are happy to answer your questions. You can contact us by phone at 800-638-0700 or 314 935-0070 8:30am-5pm Central Time Monday-Friday, or email us at visit@wustl.edu.

If you are not comfortable traveling just yet, no worries. We offer many virtual experiences designed to help you connect with our campus and community members.

We look forward to having you, when you’re ready. Until then, stay safe.