Calendars & Events

Important Dates

The educational mission of the University is the promotion of learning among both students and faculty. To that end, the academic calendar is designed to provide an optimal amount of classroom instruction and examination within a manageable time frame. Find academic calendars at the Office of the University Registrar.

Students must be admitted to one of the schools or colleges of Washington University in order to register. Only students with open major programs will be able to use the on-line registration system.


For dates and information regarding Bear Beginnings: Fall New Student Orientation or Winter Welcome: Spring New Student Orientation please visit the First Year Center website.

Parent & Family Orientation information may also be found on the First Year Center website.

Parent & Family Weekend

For dates and information regarding Parent & Family Weekend, please visit the First Year Center website.

For a listing of St. Louis area hotels, please see Explore St. Louis. The link will take you to a list of hotels near the Danforth Campus (Midtown/Clayton). Washington University also has accommodations on the Danforth Campus at the Charles F. Knight Center. Please call (866) 933-9400 for reservations, and mention that you are a Washington University Parent.


For dates and information regarding Commencement, please visit the Commencement website.

Regional Events

Washington University Clubs are organized geographically both in the U.S. and abroad. So no matter where you live, you're likely to find a club near you.

Arts & Culture

Washington University enjoys a vibrant array of public arts offerings available to community and campus audiences alike. From world-class professional performances and exhibitions to concerts, plays, art shows, and workshops, Washington University is a leading resource for engaging and inspiriting cultural opportunities.


Washington University in St. Louis has a long and rich tradition of athletic achievement that started more than 100 years ago. For team schedules and other athletic events, please visit the Bearsports website.