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Portrait of John Frahm

What is a wait list?

Let’s break down what a wait list is, why universities use them, and the next steps that you should be taking.

A class meeting outdoors in the Brookings Quad

Early Decision and WashU

Every year, as the Early Decision deadlines approach, I hear a lot of rumors about this application plan. Students tell me things that a neighbor, older cousin, or friend’s brother’s uncle once said to them about Early Decision, so I want to spend my time in this blog post talking about the facts and myths of Early Decision (ED) directly from me, a WashU Admissions Officer.

Outside Sumers Welcome Center

Your how-to guide to the FAFSA

Do you have “submit the FAFSA” on your to-do list but you’re not sure where to begin? We hear you! The FAFSA can be overwhelming and appear difficult at first but we are here to help you through it.

APAP member speaking with a prospective student

APAP alumni interviews—or, why is this WashU alum contacting me?

Here at WashU, interviews are optional. Some of you may have interviewed with a current student while deciding whether to apply. For applicants who did not interview already, you have the option to take advantage of an alumni interview, if one is offered to you.

Summer at WashU

Visit WashU this Summer!

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!

A (re) Introduction

Since it’s been a while since I’ve written a post on this blog, I figured it would be appropriate to quickly re-introduce myself since a few things have changed since my first post.

Don’t Look Up: Netflix Film (A Review)

Introduction This is not the typical article content I write on. I’ve previously written about the performance piece “For Colored Girls”. If you haven’t gotten the chance to read that article, please go check it out! Now, the film I will be reviewing today is a Netflix original film titled “Don’t Look Up”. “Don’t Look […]

Stress and University

Stress & University, Pt. I

With my undergrad career finally reaching its final chapter, I’ve been looking back on the past three to four years with a different perspective. Most students go into university prepared for a high stress level and more difficult academics. However, each student’s college experience is different and college is much more than academic stress. I’m starting this mini series called “Stress & University” to reflect on my highest peaks of stress in university. Each part will recount how I dealt with stress and how I learned from it. My goal with releasing these articles not only is to educate those entering university, but as a form of self regulation as well.

Victor Thomas with the WashU Bear mascot

Busting myths about demonstrated interest

Our decision to eliminate demonstrated interest doesn’t change our commitment to understanding your unique circumstances, and shouldn’t change how you approach sharing your story with us in your application. Instead, it supports our commitment to create an equitable and accessible process for all applicants. And it puts you in the driver’s seat, navigating our programming based on your true interests in an effort to get to know us better. As a result, you’re able to craft the strongest application you can in a highly selective environment.


Finally: A Letter to Senior Year

I feel like I’m living in the future even writing this. It feels like it was yesterday that I was applying for colleges aimlessly, worried about what would become of me after high school, and unsure of what the next steps were.

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. 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!

Major Minor Fair on the Washington Univesrsity campus

How to Choose Your Major

It’s the first question I hear when meeting someone new on campus: what’s your major? For me, this question didn’t have an answer until my second-year at WashU. I came in undecided in Arts and Sciences, and officially decided in the Fall of my sophomore year to major in Political Science.

Portrait of Rebecca

A new blogger saying hi!

Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca, and I am a rising senior (which is crazy, I can’t believe I’m that old). I am from the suburbs of Chicago (go Sox) and am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. At WashU I am really involved in the outdoors community, and run an orientation backpacking trip for first years. I also am training to be a DJ for our school radio show- my roommate and I are planning on mainly talking for an hour and seeing who listens.

Rachel Miller portrait

Meet a New Blogger

My name’s Rachel and it’s wonderful to meet you! You’ll see my name pop up a few times this summer on our blog, so let me take a moment to introduce myself.


An Introduction To Me

Hi readers! My name is Ashutosh, and I am originally from the Bay Area in California. I am a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning to major in biology (undecided on track) and maybe minor in healthcare management.


Introducing a new blogger!

Hi everyone! I’m looking forward to this being the first of many post as part of the WashU360 blogging team!

Meet a new blogger!

My name is Sadie, and I am a rising junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, double-majoring in Political Science and Educational Studies. My hometown lies in the suburbs of San Diego, California – you could say I’m a long way from home!

My Life at WashU – An Introduction

Hi everyone!  

My name is Alex and I’m a current student at WashU.  I’m a rising senior in the Olin Business School with a double major in Marketing and English (with a creative writing concentration).  I’m originally from St. Louis, and I’m super excited to share my WashU experiences with you all!