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Welcome to the College Office

Your academic home for the joy of intellectual discovery and critical thought.

We are the College, and we're here for you. 

The College Office is home to the people who make the College of Arts & Sciences hum. We are deans, analysts, and coordinators, dedicated to helping you achieve a life of personal meaning and purpose through a liberal arts education.

Led by Dean Jennifer Smith, we oversee academic advising; host Dean of the Day walk-in hours for urgent questions; administer College-level policies; and house the office of the College Registrar.

We also coordinate signature academic events and programs that guide you from first year through graduation, including the First-Year Summer Academic Program, Major-Minor Fair, Junior Jumpstart, the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony at graduation, and much more.

Discover the ArtSci difference as we work with you to help you explore your interests, discover your options, make plans, reflect on your experience, and create your academic and professional pathway at WashU and beyond. Every student is an individual to us, and we pledge to get to know you by name and by story.

Our Mission

The College of Arts & Sciences celebrates the joy of discovery and the exercise of critical thought in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Dean Jennifer Smith

Advancing the values of a liberal arts education, we affirm that a full life is an intellectual, moral, and creative endeavor of meaning and purpose. Our goal is to develop our students by fostering resolve and adaptability, self-reliance and collaborative effort, humility and courage, a sense of tradition and a spirit of innovation.

We strive to create and maintain a diverse, supportive, and respectful collegiate community by encouraging lasting connections among students, faculty, and staff. 

Together, committed to both leadership and service, we work each day to further our pursuit of strength through truth--per veritatem vis.

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College Office Highlights

Academic Advising

As an undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences, you receive an academic advisor who works with you all four years to get to know you by name and story and help you create your academic path. We oversee advising and provide training for a personalized and positive advising experience.

Signature Events & Programs

To complement your coursework, we organize signature ArtSci events and programs. With events like the Major-Minor fair, Junior Jumpstart, and the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony, as well as programs like the First Year Summer Academic Program, Focus Programs, and Praxis, we support you from day one through graduation.

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PostGraduate Advising

Whether you're just starting to explore options or you're ready to apply, we can help. We oversee PreHealth, PreLaw and PreGraduate Advising and work closely with the Career Center to prepare you for a life of purpose and meaning.

PostGraduate Advising

Today I Learned

ArtSci students reflect on the semester and share some of facts and ideas that have sparked their interest.

Many Paths: On Choosing and Celebrating New Majors

As a Harvard undergrad, Dean Jen Smith was not what you’d call a joiner. She skipped her own freshmen orientation activities and reluctantly attended graduation. So when planning orientation programs, Smith, the academic dean, never forgets Smith, the jaded freshman. “I think about what I would have wanted to hear,” Smith said. “So I talk to students about those unexpected perspective changers that wake you up.” To Smith that can mean taking an elective in anthropology or philosophy or earth and planetary sciences just because it sounds awesome.

“It’s important to me that students pursue all of the fun, crazy, exciting ideas that occupy all of the corners of the different disciplines we study,” Smith says. “This is their chance. Though they might stay in school, you don’t really have electives in graduate school. You don’t get to take a class just because it indulges your curiosity. And for many people, taking that opportunity actually changes their path.”

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Jen Smith with Rodriguez Scholars

Have a question?

You can call our main line at 314-935-6800 and email us at college@wustl.edu. For bios, roles and contact information, browse the Staff Directory and search by name or keyword. Or just come visit us in Cupples II, 104, home of the College of Arts & Sciences!

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Lydia Zoells, English major and German minor at Washington University in St. Louis

Being a student in ArtSci means you’re encouraged to take classes in different areas and to have that well-roundedness, and I think it’s so valuable. Coming into college, I loved science, I loved math, and I started out really broadly. I'm not sure if I would have found my place if I didn’t have the chance to explore a wide range of classes.

―Lydia ZoellsEnglish major and German minor