Life @ WashU

Sophomore or Freshman?
Hi guys! So after stumbling through the first Monday and Tuesday of my sophomore year, I've noticed quite a few similarities between this school year and last year. Even though now I get to label myself as a “sophomore,” I still feel like I am pretty new to the Wash U campus. Being a freshman last year was easy because I had an excuse to be confused and lost. I remember walking around with a map and trying to find Cupples I and Cupples II (hint: Cupples II is CLOSER to Olin Library than Cupples I, which took me quite a while to remember). Now that I am a sophomore, I can no longer walk up to a random stranger and ask where a building is located without feeling embarrassed. And trust me, I had to embarrassingly ask a few friends (mostly student tour guides) for help.
WashU and its students take leading role in reducing carbon footprint
Renewable energy and building efficiency are evolving quickly in the United States, and Washington University in St. Louis is at the forefront. The University is working to achieve an aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goal through significant investments of time, creativity and capital. Not only is the university reducing its carbon footprint by installing solar panels on several buildings and increasing building efficiency, it’s providing plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with the sustainability efforts through experiential courses, research and internships, says Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability.

Washington University in St. Louis has a personality, and you feel it everywhere. It’s a friendly, welcoming feeling that you pick up from students, professors, advisors and sta­ff.

It’s an academic environment loaded with challenging courses, and filled with intellectually curious students and teachers. It’s a flexible, supportive atmosphere that invites exploration and individuality. It's also an optimistic outlook that drives innovation and new opportunities.

We pay special attention to our new students by easing their transition to college life and connecting them to the people, programs and resources to maximize their experiences. At WUSTL, we strive to know every student by name and story because every student is an essential member of our learning community.