Summer at WashU

Visit WashU this Summer!

Hey everyone!

Admissions at WashU is excited for summer and visits from our prospective students to campus. As the season changes, so will our visit structure – so read on for more information about Summer 2022!

As a note, the visit experience is shaped with guidance from the university’s COVID Monitoring Team. Feel free to check out the most updated public health guidance before your visit. As guidelines shift, we will continue to adjust our visit offerings as needed and continue to send emails about special visit programs taking place this summer. 

What will the campus visit experience be like this summer?

Our Summer campus visit will include an admissions information session and student-led campus tour. You will check-in at the Sumers Welcome Center Lobby with an admissions staff member. At that time, you will validate your parking – so keep your parking slip with you at all times. You will need your parking slip to then exit the parking garage.  

Included in your campus visit: 

  • Personalized lanyard to wear during your visit. 
  • 30 minute information session followed by a brief Q&A. 
  • Approximately 1 hour student-led tour through campus.  

What will the student-led tour be like?

The tour will be led by one of our summer interns who is a current student at WashU. They will lead you on a walking tour through campus and give you background about WashU. The tour concludes back at the Sumers Welcome Center (check-in location). Traditionally, a campus visit lasts about 3 full hours including your time with admissions. With your remaining time, we encourage you to stop by any spots you want to see again following your tour. While on your tour, your current student will show you the following: 

  • Key campus facilities [ex. Danforth University Center (DUC), Mallinckrodt Center (WashU Bookstore and Subway), and Olin Library]
  • Residential Life Display Room on the South 40 

So who can register for a campus visit? 

Campus visits are open to all prospective students! Each student can be accompanied by up to three guests.

We will do our best to accommodate walk-ins, but registration is strongly encouraged. You can register for a campus visit and other events on the admissions website. 

What should I see or do in St. Louis?

We would recommend venturing off into Forest Park should your schedule allow. It’s directly in front of campus and the walk there from Sumers Welcome Center is less than a minute! Forest Park is home to five fantastic local cultural institutions: The Muny, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and Saint Louis Zoo. Forest Park is a huge expanse, so the best way to get to know it is to just explore!

Another neighborhood within walking distance of campus is the Delmar Loop. This six-block stretch of Delmar Boulevard, known by locals as The Loop, is packed with locally owned shops, restaurants and event venues. The American Planning Association named it one of the 10 Great Streets in America! My personal favorite spots to grab food on The Loop are Mission Taco, Three Kings, and Corner 17.

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 vibe and identity. If you have time, I’d highly recommend getting off-campus to see some of the city. Explore St. Louis is a great tool to learn about upcoming events and get recommendations for things to see and do during your visit.

Can I visit outside of your hours of operation? 

Can’t make it to campus during a provided time? Not to worry! If you still plan to come to campus and we are not open, use the following tips to explore campus: 

  • Pick up a printed map from the Sumers Welcome Center lower level vestibule (inside East End Garage) and the main floor elevator vestibule (across from Sam Fox). 
  • Scan the QR code with your phone camera to access the WashU Visits App, to be directed to a self-guided tour of campus. The code is available inside of the lower level and main floor elevator vestibules.  
  • Get ahead of the game and download the WashU Visits App before arriving on campus. Type in “WashU Visits App” in your app store.  

Important to note if you are visiting outside of operating hours: 

  • You will not have access to any buildings outside of Mallinckrodt Center on the weekend. Excludes select Saturday when campus visit times are available. 
  • Covered parking is available for visitors at the East End Garage (beneath the Sumers Welcome Center) and Danforth University Center parking garage. You will be able to park in visitor only spaces. Red and Yellow spaces are designated for paid staff permit parking.  

Have other questions?

We are always happy to answer your questions. You can contact us by phone at 800-638-0700 or 314-935-6000, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday, or email us at visit@wustl.edu.

If you aren’t able to make to a campus visit, don’t worry! We are continuing to offer virtual experiences designed to help you connect with our campus and community.

Our optional virtual interviews will be available for high school students who plan to apply as first-year students for the fall of 2023. Virtual interviews allow you to spend 15-20 minutes chatting one-on-one with a current student. These casual conversations allow you to both learn more about WashU and tell us more about yourself and your academic extracurricular interests. 

We look forward to having you on campus or engaging with WashU! As always, stay safe and have a great rest of your day! 

Go Bears!