We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Bear Day! 

Plan your visit

Parking & transportation

Driving to campus

If you are driving to campus, you will be parking on the roof (2nd level) of the Shepley Drive Garage located at 6615 Shepley Drive. This garage can only be accessed from Big Bend Blvd and eastbound Shepley Drive. Once you have parked on the roof level, you will utilize the staircase at the east end of the roof to descend to the street level and then travel along the McLeod Walkway to your destination at the Danforth University Center. For more information, visit parking.wustl.edu/parking/visitor.

Arriving by rideshare

Due to limited parking on campus, we encourage you to use a ride-share if possible. Please use Danforth University Center, 6475 Forsyth Ave. St. Louis, MO 63195 as the drop-off location.

You will check-in at Tisch Commons, Danforth University Center (DUC) once you have arrived (#125 on the campus map).

What to pack

Bear Day is a fun, informative, and casual program. Remember to check the weather and dress accordingly. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for exploring campus!

Tentative schedule

*Please note that times and events are subject to change.

Morning activities:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.Check-inVisitors check-in and receive Bear Day information.
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.WelcomeVisitors receive an official welcome to campus.
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.Learn about Your Academic DivisionLearn more about your first year experience in your academic division.
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Meet Your Future ClassmatesContinue getting to know your potential classmates over lunch.

Choose your own adventure afternoon activities:

Families can pick and choose which activities they would like to attend.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
“Ask a student” PanelCurrent students share their experiences and answer your questions. 
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Peer Mentorship PanelHear more from Washington University Student Associates about how first year students will interact with their student leadership.
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Talent ShowcaseAttend a performance from an on-campus student group.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Financial Services SessionLearn more about financial services and next steps.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.Self-Guided Tour of the South 40Enjoy a self-guided tour of where you’ll eat, sleep, and play as a first-year student. Includes residential halls.
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.Campus tourExplore campus on a tour guided by a current student. Note, this tour will not include the South 40 residential halls. 

Open houses:

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.Open HousesDrop in to meet our campus partners and ask questions.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.Danforth Campus StoreVisit the campus bookstore.
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.Bear NecessitiesVisit the not-for-profit gift bookstore operated by the Women’s Society. All proceeds fund the Elizabeth Gray Scholarship Endowment.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.Student Financial Services Walk-In HoursStop by the Student Financial Services office to ask questions and submit your enrollment deposit.

Please contact our office at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000 or visit@wustl.edu if you have any questions.