Welcome, New Students!

We're here to help you get started.

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. 

First-Year Programs and Seminars

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 will be offered this fall? Our Registration 101 guide will help you find all the answers you're looking for!

Activate your WUSTL Key

An email will be sent to you from registrarwustlkey@email.wustl.edu with instructions on how to activate your WUSTL Key. You MUST have activated your WUSTL Key AND your @wustl.edu email to get started at WashU. If you have not received this email please contact the University Registrar’s office at registrarwustlkey@email.wustl.edu or 314-935-5959.

Activate Today

So how do you sign up for classes? What requirements do you need to take? What placement exams do you need to take? 

We've got your covered with our Registration 101 Guide

Garth Hallberg

I remember meeting with Naomi Lebowitz and Michael Sherberg. We talked about poetry, and I can recall Naomi waving her arms as we discussed Whitman. It was the high point of my intellectual life to that point . . . That feeling continued once I got here. I was suddenly surrounded by brilliant professors and smart, hardworking students who liked talking about big ideas. And because we weren’t on the East or West Coast, no one was too-cool-for-school or keeping score. Everyone just wanted to participate.

―Garth Risk Hallberg, LA'01Writer