Take Your First Steps
Welcome to Washington University in St. Louis and the College of Arts & Sciences! We are so excited to have you here. The College believes that a full life is an intellectual, moral, and creative endeavor of meaning and purpose, and we are here to help you begin that journey.
So how do you begin? This page includes some important choices to consider as you plan for your first year and your career at WashU.
Can't wait to get started at WashU? Join Summer Start to take two courses this summer before the fall semester even begins and get a feel for campus life by living in the dorms with your new classmates.
Or you can sign up for SOAR to visit campus for a few days, meet your advisor and a small group of classmates, and register for classes.
In Arts & Sciences, some of our renowned faculty have created innovative First-Year Programs that can last for one semester or five with the chance to participate in fieldwork, independent research, or international travel.
How do you sign up for classes for the fall? What classes are even offered this fall? Our Registration 101 guide will help you find all the answers you're looking for!