Top 25 Things to Do and See at WashU (for the Class of ’25!)

Hello to the incoming WashU Class of 2025! It’s hard to believe that summer is starting to wind down and in a few short weeks, you’ll all be coming to campus. For some of you, this could even be the first time you’ve stepped on campus! Over the next four years, you should definitely take some time to explore all that WashU has to offer, whether in or outside of class. In honor of you all being the Class of ‘25, the other student admissions interns and I have come up with a list of the Top 25 things to do and see during your time at WashU. We hope you enjoy!

  1. Take a class completely unrelated to your major or minor. It’s a great way to meet new people and get exposed to topics which you may not have known much about.  Who knows, you might find an interest in a new subject!
  2. Go see one of our 13 student a cappella groups perform on campus – or join one!
  3. Spend a clear night at the observatory on the top floor of Crow Hall.
  4. Visit our bi-annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, where students from across all disciplines present their research projects to members of the WashU community.
  5. Give yourself a study break during exams and head over to Moonlight Breakfast with your friends, where you can get free late-night breakfast food.  It’s held once every semester during the week leading up to exams!
  6. Check out Forest Park, just across the street from WashU. It’s home to the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum (all of which are free to visit!), and has tons of open green space to explore.
  7. Join one of over 450 student groups on campus. We have a club for almost everything, from butter churning to badminton! Make sure to check out the Activities Fair, held each August, to explore all of the different groups available to join.
  8. Attend one of many cultural celebrations held annually on campus, including the African Arts Festival, Buder Center Pow Wow, Diwali Celebrations, or Lunar New Year Festival.
  9. Visit each of the ten libraries located on WashU’s Danforth Campus. While you’re at the Olin Library, make sure to see the Southwick Broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence on display!
  10.  Watch your WashU Bears Athletics play home games here on campus. We have 17 different varsity sports and 23 total national championships!
  11.  Take some time to explore the Kemper Art Museum, located on the East End of campus. It’s the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River and contains works from many prominent artists throughout history, including Picasso, Matisse, and El Greco.
  12.  Get involved in the local community by participating in one of many organizations or programs on campus that work with the St. Louis area. WashU has several clubs, classes, and outreach programs that focus on civic engagement, community service, or local business outreach, such as the Gephardt Institute, Campus Y, or Center for Experiential Learning.
  13.  Try out one (or all!) of our BearFit classes, open to all WashU students for free. Past classes have included Zumba, Strength & Endurance, Yoga, and Boxing!
  14.  Eat at Ibby’s, a full-service bistro located in the Danforth University Center that accepts meal points. You can even reserve a table online before you go!
  15.  Spend an afternoon helping out at the Burning Kumquat, WashU’s student-run organic garden. You don’t need to know anything about plants or gardening to get involved!
  16.  Check out ThurtenE Carnival, held each May. It’s the oldest and largest student-run carnival in the country!
  17.  Spend a relaxing Tuesday afternoon at Tuesday Tea, held weekly in the Danforth University Center. Stop by for free tea with your friends!    
  18. Explore the Delmar Loop, just a few minutes away from campus. It’s a popular spot for students to hang out, and is home to many unique restaurants, shops, and concert venues!
  19. Take a class through University College, a division of WashU for part-time or evening students. Undergraduate students are able to take one class per semester through UCollege, many of which are not offered during the day, such as Glassblowing, Journalism, or Public Speaking!
  20.  Consider studying abroad. WashU offers about 100 study abroad programs spanning 50 countries. Additionally, studying abroad is available to ALL students, regardless of major, and about 40% of students tend to study abroad.
  21.  Go see one of our professional sports teams play downtown. We have the St. Louis Blues of the NHL, St. Louis Cardinals of the MLB, and soon will have St. Louis City SC joining the MLS!
  22.  Use the Spartan Light Metal Products Makerspace, located in Jubel Hall. It’s a 3,000 square ft. studio and machine shop with 3-D printers, laser cutters, and other machinery. It’s open to all students and faculty, as long as they complete a training beforehand.
  23.  Enjoy live music each Thursday evening by attending Jazz at Holmes. Held in Holmes Lounge, which some might call the most beautiful building on campus, this event is free for all to attend!
  24.  See one of WashU’s three different improv troupes perform!
  25.  Take the time to write a thank-you note to the people that helped you on your journey to get to WashU! Whether it’s a teacher, coach, counselor, family member, or friend, there are a lot of people who may have helped you to arrive where you are now. Be sure to thank them for their support or guidance throughout your journey to WashU.