Sunday, July 14 – Saturday, July 20, 2024

Location numbers that correspond with the Campus Map are noted after the location name.

Sunday, July 14
Noon – 3:00 p.m.Check-In: Students check in with Undergraduate Admissions and move into their rooms.  Ursa’s Fireside, Lien House (#312) 
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Student and Family Orientation 1: Academy Orientation will include important information related to student and community expectations, emergency preparedness, final day and move-out logistics, and more.Room 023, Simon Hall (#168) 
 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  Student and Family Orientation 2:  Academy Orientation will include important information related to student and community expectations, emergency preparedness, final day and move-out logistics, and more.  Room 023, Simon Hall (#168)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Getting Settled: Unpack your belongings, meet your roommate, relax, and get comfortable in your residential space. Parents and guests will be asked to leave campus by 4:00 p.m.  Gregg House (#306) 
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.  Walking Time & Icebreakers: Meet outside Gregg House as a group with your Rural Peer Ambassadors (RPAs), get to know your peers, and walk to dinner.   Gregg House (#306)
5:00 – 6:15 p.m.  Welcome Dinner: Enjoy an opening dinner with your fellow WashU Rural Scholars Academy participants, RPAs, Admissions Officers, and Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid leadership.  Risa Commons (#163)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Peer Mentor Meeting 1: Get to know your RPA and small group peers as you learn more about the upcoming schedule, rules for the week, and other important information.   Various rooms, Gregg House (#306) 
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.Twilight Campus Tour: Explore campus on a tour given by a current student.Depart from Gregg House (#306)
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.Popsicle Get-Together: Decompress, have a popsicle, and hang out with your fellow Academy participants and RPAs!South 40 Clocktower (#312)
10:30 – 11:00 p.m.Settling in for the Night: Wind down from an exciting first day and be in your rooms by 11:00 p.m. for curfew.Gregg House (#306)
Monday, July 15
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.  Breakfast: Use your meal card to eat breakfast on campus! An RPA will meet you outside Gregg House at 8:30 a.m. to walk to the Danforth University Center (DUC), show you how to use your meal card, and answer any questions.Depart from Gregg House (#306)
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Travel to Class: A staff member will walk you to class in Weil Hall.Depart from Tisch Commons in the Danforth University Center (#125) 
10:00 a.m. – Noon Lectures and Discussion: Join two faculty members from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts for the first session of the Design Thinking: The Importance of Play course.Kuehner Court, Weil Hall (#180)
Noon – 12:15 p.m.Travel to lunch: A staff member will walk you to lunch in the Danforth University Center (DUC).Depart from Weil Hall (#180)
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch: Use your meal card to eat lunch on campus! A staff member will be present to answer any questions.Danforth University Center (#125) 
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. College Admissions Seminar 1: Meet your Admissions Officer, interact with your peers, and learn about the Academy case study project.   Room 020, 021, & 022, Simon Hall (#168) 
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Free Time: Use this time to decompress, call your parents/family, enjoy the fresh air, or connect with your peers! We also suggest you go shopping in Bear Necessities on the South 40!South 40 
3:45 – 4:15 p.m.  Travel to the Gateway Arch: Meet a staff member at the South 40 Clocktower and walk to the shuttle location.Depart from the South 40 Clocktower (#312) 
4:15 – 7:00 p.m.  Dinner at the Arch: Enjoy dinner on the grounds of the Gateway Arch followed by a tram ride to the top! Bus departs from the Alumni House Parking Lot (#103)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.Dessert at Dr. G’s: Travel back to campus and enjoy a dessert bar at the home of Anna “Dr. G” Gonzalez, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs at WashU.Home of Dr. Gonzalez
8:45 – 9:45 p.m.  Team Time: As a team, begin working on the case study project. Your RPA will be present to answer any questions.   Various rooms, Gregg House (#306) 
10:30 – 11:00 p.m. Settling in for the Night: Wind down from an exciting second day and be in your rooms by 11:00 p.m. for curfew.   Gregg House (#306)
Tuesday, July 16
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Breakfast: Use your meal card to eat breakfast on campus. An RPA will meet you outside Gregg House at 8:30 a.m. to walk to the Danforth University Center (DUC), show you how to use your meal card, and answer any questions.Depart from Gregg House (#306)
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.  Travel to Class: A staff member will walk you to class in Weil Hall.Depart from Tisch Commons in the Danforth University Center (#125)
10:00 a.m. – Noon Lectures and Discussion: Join two faculty members from the Sam Fox School for the second session of the Design Thinking: The Importance of Play course.   Kuehner Court, Weil Hall (#180)
Noon – 12:15 p.m. Travel to lunch: A staff member will walk you to lunch in the Danforth University Center (DUC). Depart from Weil Hall (#180)
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch: Use your meal card to eat lunch on campus! A staff member will be present to answer any questions. Moving forward, staff members will no longer be present during mealtimes. Danforth University Center (#125) 
1:40 – 3:00 p.m. College Admissions Seminar 2: Learn about the highly selective admissions process and how to start your college search.  Room L002, L003, & L004, Seigle Hall (#166) 
3:10 – 3:40 p.m. Peer Mentor Meeting 2: Meet with your cohort as your RPA shares their college admissions journey and tips they learned along the way.Room L002, L003, & L004, Seigle Hall (#166)
Room 020 & 023, Simon Hall (#168) 
3:40 – 5:00 p.m.Free Time: Use this time to decompress, call your parents/family, enjoy the fresh air, or connect with your peers! We also suggest you visit Brookie & Bear, WashU’s therapy dogs, on the first floor of Gregg House at 4:15 p.m.  South 40  
5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Dinner: Use your meal card to eat dinner on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125)
6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Fun at the Foundry: Travel to the City Foundry, a former industrial building transformed into an entertainment venue! Check out the many food and dessert options, then play a round of mini golf at Puttshack. Mini golf is indoors and will involve light physical activity.   Bus departs from the Alumni House Parking Lot (#103) 
6:45 – 10:00 p.m.The Little Mermaid at The Muny: Head over to Forest Park to catch a musical theatre performance at The Muny, the largest outdoor theatre in the U.S.! July 16’s performance will be The Little Mermaid. The performance is outdoors, and the weather will be warm, so be sure to dress accordingly.Bus departs from the Alumni House Parking Lot (#103)
10:30 – 11:00 p.m.Settling in for the Night: Wind down from an exciting third day and be in your rooms by 11:00 p.m. for curfew.Gregg House (#306)
Wednesday, July 17
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast: Use your meal card to eat breakfast on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125)   
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.  Travel to College Admissions Seminar: A staff member will walk you to the seminar in Room 60 of Hillman Hall. Depart from Tisch Commons in the Danforth University Center (#125)
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.College Admissions Seminar 3: Learn about the financial aid process, financial aid resources, and personal budgeting tips from a Student Financial Services (SFS) representative.Room 60, Hillman Hall (#139)
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.Travel to Kemper Art Museum: A staff member will walk you to the Kemper Art Museum.Depart from Room 60, Hillman Hall (#139) 
11:00 a.m. – Noon Kemper Art Museum: Join your Design Thinking faculty for a tour of the Kemper Art Museum.  Kemper Art Museum (#144)  
Noon – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch: Use your meal card to eat lunch on campus!   Danforth University Center (#125)  
1:15 – 5:00 p.m. Saint Louis Zoo: Join your RPAs and peers for an afternoon at the Saint Louis Zoo, voted one of America’s best zoos by USA Today!Bus departs from the Alumni House Parking Lot (#103)  
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.  Dinner: Use your meal card to eat dinner on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125)  
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Meet Your Admissions Officers/Free Time: If scheduled for your meeting with a WashU Admissions Officer, head to the Sumers Welcome Center 15 minutes before your scheduled meeting.
 
All other students can use this time to decompress from the day, call your parents/family, enjoy the fresh air, or connect with your peers!  
Various Rooms, Sumers Welcome Center (#173)
OR
South 40  
8:30 – 9:45 p.m.Team Time: As a team, continue working on the case study competition. Your RPA will be present to answer any questions.    Various rooms, Gregg House (#306) 
10:30 – 11:00 p.m. Settling in for the Night: Wind down from an exciting fourth day and be in your rooms by 11:00 p.m. for curfew.  Gregg House (#306)
Thursday, July 18
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.  Breakfast: Use your meal card to eat breakfast on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125)   
10:00 a.m. – Noon Lectures and Discussion: Join two faculty members from the Sam Fox School for the third session of the Design Thinking: The Importance of Play course.  Kuehner Court, Weil Hall (#180)
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch: Use your meal card to eat lunch on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125)  
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.College Admissions Seminar 4: Learn more about the parts of an application, including the essay, recommendation letters, transcript, and more.   Room L002, L003, & L004, Seigle Hall (#166)  
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free Time: Use this time to decompress from the day, call your parents/family, enjoy the fresh air, or connect with your peers! Reminder to wear your WashU T-shirt for the rest of the day!   South 40  
4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Peer Mentor Meeting 3: Meet with your cohort as your RPA shares some of the college application resources available to you and introduces the “I Am From” poem activity.  Room L002, L003, L004 & L006, Seigle Hall (#166)
Room 020, Simon Hall (#168)  
5:30 – 5:45 p.m.  Travel to Brookings Hall: RPAs will walk you to Brookings Hall for the group photo.   Depart from Tisch Commons in the Danforth University Center (#125)  
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Group Photo: Academy participants, RPAs, your regional Admissions Officers, and the WashU Bear mascot will get together for a group photo to commemorate the week together!   Brookings Hall (#112) 
6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Travel to Eliot Lawn: RPAs will walk with you to Eliot Lawn on the South 40 for the WRSA Block Party.   Depart from Brookings Hall (#112) 
6:45 – 8:30 p.m.  WRSA Block Party: Bear Ambassadors and current students will join you and your RPAs for this fun evening of food, photo booths, yard games, and music!  Eliot Lawn (#305) 
8:45 – 9:45 p.m. Team Time: Finish working with your team on the case study competition and prepare for the Friday presentation. Your RPA will be present to answer any questions. Various rooms, Gregg House (#306)  
10:30 – 11:00 p.m.Settling in for the Night: Wind down from an exciting fifth day and be in your rooms by 11:00 p.m. for curfew.Gregg House (#306)
Friday, July 19
8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast: Use your meal card to eat breakfast on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125)
9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lectures and Discussion: Join two faculty members from the Sam Fox School for the fourth and final session of the Design Thinking: The Importance of Play course.Kuehner Court, Weil Hall (#180)
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.Lunch: Use your meal card to eat lunch on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125) 
1:45 – 2:50 p.m.College Admissions Seminar 5: Close out your time at the WashU Rural Scholars Academy by presenting with your peers as part of the case study project!   Room L002, Seigle Hall (#166)  
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Meet Your Admissions Officers/Free Time: If scheduled for your meeting with a WashU Admissions Officer, head to the Sumers Welcome Center 15 minutes before your scheduled meeting.
 
All other students can use this time to decompress from the day, call your parents/family, enjoy the fresh air, or connect with your peers! We also suggest you visit Brookie & Bear, WashU’s comfort dogs, on the first floor of Gregg House at 4:15 p.m.  
Various Rooms, Sumers Welcome Center (#173)
OR
South 40  
5:15 – 6:45 p.m. Dinner: Use your meal card to eat one final dinner on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125)   
7:00 – 7:45 p.m.  Peer Mentor Meeting 4: Join your RPA and cohort for one final small group meeting as you reflect on what you’ve learned and share your “I Am From” poem.   Various rooms, Gregg House (#306)  
7:45 – 9:30 p.m.Game Night: Enjoy a relaxed evening of board games, recreational activities, candy, popcorn, and community as you and your peers commemorate your last night together.   Multipurpose Room, Mudd House (#319) 
10:30 – 11:00 p.m.Settling in for the Night: Wind down from an exciting sixth day and be in your rooms by 11:00 p.m. for curfew.  Gregg House (#306)  
Saturday, July 20
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast + Family and Guest Check-in: Up to two parents or guests of Academy participants will check in with Undergraduate Admissions staff prior to beginning a morning of programming. Light pastries and coffee will be provided.   Sumers Welcome Center (#173)
8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast: Use your meal card to eat breakfast on campus.   Danforth University Center (#125) 
9:30 a.m. – Noon  WashU Admissions Overview and Campus Tour: Up to two parents/guests of Academy participants will attend a WashU Admissions Overview provided by our Vice Provost for Admissions & Aid. Afterward, parents/guests will attend a campus tour guided by a current student!   Room 60, Hillman Hall (#139) 
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Student Check-out: Bring your luggage, room keys, and all personal items to the lobby of Gregg House to officially check out of your room. All students must be checked out of Gregg House by 10:30 a.m.   Gregg House (#306)  
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Travel to Sumers Welcome Center: RPAs will walk you to the Sumers Welcome Cener to store luggage with staff members.  Depart from Gregg House (#306)  
10:45 a.m. – Noon  Closing Activity: Reflect on your time at the WashU Rural Scholars Academy with a closing activity with your peers and RPAs.   Room 60, Hillman Hall 
Noon – 12:30 p.m.  Meet up with Guests: Meet back up with your parents & guests as they return from the campus tour. This would also be a good time to put your luggage in your family vehicle!   Sumers Welcome Center (#173)
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.Closing Lunch: Close out your week at the WashU Rural Scholars Academy with a lunch hosted by Undergraduate Admissions and Student Financial Services.Sumers Welcome Center (#173)
1:45 – 2:15 p.m.Say Goodbye: Be sure to pick up your luggage from the lobby of the Sumers Welcome Center if you have not already and tell your peers, RPAs, and Admissions Officers goodbye. Students flying home will immediately board a shuttle to the St. Louis Lambert International Airport.Sumers Welcome Center (#173)