U.S. Students

  • Prior to Arrival

    • Inform your department of your acceptance of the admission offer
      Once you have decided to attend Washington University, it is important to let us know so that we can start processing your file. Confirm your acceptance of the admission offer promptly to avoid delays in processing your file.
    • Submit all documentation needed for admission
      We need several documents from you before we can process your file. Please ensure that you send all relevant documentation in a timely manner. The list of necessary documents include but are not necessarily limited to:

      • Official transcripts from the institute that granted you your undergraduate degree
      • Official GRE scores (directly from ETS)
      • Official TOEFL scores (directly from ETS) – for International Students only
    • Complete the FAFSA Loan Supplement
      If you are a U.S. permanent resident or a qualifying non-resident who is planning to apply for a federal loan to finance your graduate studies, you are required to fill out the FAFSA supplement . More information
    • Review the School of Engineering academic calendar for important dates
      The School of Engineering academic calendar contains information about registration dates, break periods, etc. We recommend you review it briefly to be familiar with various deadlines and holidays. More information
    • Complete your medical forms online
      Once we have received your notification of acceptance, we will send you a packet that contains your login information for WebSTAC, Washington University’s student information system. You are required to log in to WebSTAC and complete your medical information prior to arrival on campus. More information
    • Contact your academic advisor
      In the same packet that contains your WebSTAC information, you will receive the name of your academic advisor. We recommend contacting your advisor and setting up a meeting to discuss your course work. (Note: It is not possible to register for classes without your advisor’s approval. Advisors will usually not authorize students with whom they have not met.)

    Arriving On Campus

    • Report to the Department Secretary
      After reporting to the International Office, you should report to the Department Secretary, who will give you important orientation information for your department.
    • Get Danforth Campus student ID card
      A student ID card is required to avail of campus facilities such as the library, athletic center, and others. It is also required for after hours access to buildings and when using University transportation. You should obtain your ID card as early as possible.To obtain a student ID card you need to go to the Office of Student Records located in the lower level of the Women’s Building, Room 002 .You will need some type of picture identification, e.g., U.S. driver’s license, passport. The Office of Student Records can be contacted by phone at (314) 935-5959 or via email.
    • Set up your email account
      The School of Engineering and the University periodically sends notices via email. To receive these notices, you must have a university e-mail account. You can access your email at email.wustl.edu
    • Sign up for the Washington University U-Pass
      Washington University has contracted with Bi-State Transport, St. Louis’ regional transit authority to provide free access to registered full-time students on all its public services and to run the campus shuttle services. To use any of these facilities, you will need the U-Pass in addition to your student ID. More information
    • Check your Pendaflex folder
      The School of Engineering uses Pendaflex folders located opposite Lopata 323 to communicate special notices to its students. Ensure you have a Pendaflex folder and check it for notices.
    • Meet with your academic advisor
      You must meet with your academic advisor to discuss your courses. After the meeting, your advisor will electronically authorize you to register for classes. Without this approval, you will not be allowed to register.
    • Register for classes
      Register for your classes using WebSTAC. Your login information was sent to you over the summer.
    • Fill out tax forms
      If you are on a research assistantship or are planning to work on campus, obtain the relevant tax documents from your department so that taxes can be withheld on your paycheck.
    • Set up your payroll and direct debit
      All students that receive any form of wages from the university must complete the payroll procedures as per their department guidelines. At that time, you may enroll for direct debit so that your paycheck gets deposited directly in your account.
    • Set up a new bank account
      Many students find it convenient to set up an in-state bank account when they move to Missouri. Bank of America provides banking services on campus.
    • Attend orientation
      Attend the School of Engineering orientation to meet your peers and socialize.

    Settling Down

    • Search for a place to live
      Washington University does not provide on-campus housing for graduate students. However, various off-campus housing is available close to campus.  However, many off-campus apartments in all price ranges are available within a short distance from the University. Consider using the following resources to find an apartment:

      In addition to the above, consider websites like rent.com, zillow.com, etc. Private rentals from individuals are also widely available in the area.

    • Set up utilities and other services at your apartment
      For most off-campus apartments, all utilities with the exception of water, sewer, and trash are the responsibility of the lessor. Contact the utility companies in advance to ensure that your utilities are turned on when you arrive. Below are some useful numbers for utilities:

      • Electricity: Ameren UE (314) 342-1111 [Web]
      • Cable and internet: Charter (800) 211-4450 [Web]
      • Natural Gas: Laclede Gas (314) 621-6960 [Web]
      • Phone: AT & T (866) 999-6181 [Web]

      Within St. Louis city, renters are not responsible for water, sewer, or trash.

    • Set up your email account
      The School of Engineering and the University periodically sends notices via email. To receive these notices, you must have a university e-mail account. You can set up your new account at the Center for Engineering Computing (CEC). More information
    • Buy textbooks
      Textbooks for graduate classes are available for sale at the beginning of each semester at the campus bookstore located in Mallinckrodt center. More information
    • Review the SEAS Graduate Catalog
      The SEAS Graduate Catalog contains important information regarding credits, graduation requirements, thesis requirements, and more. You are encouraged to skim through the catalog and be aware of its contents.
    • Review the St. Louis Guide
      If you are looking to have some fun during your stay in St. Louis, we suggest consulting the St. Louis Guide. It contains restaurant listings, entertainment and other fun things to do in and around St. Louis.
    • Review student organization websites
      Get involved in graduate student life by attending events hosted by various graduate student groups. Information on such events are available on their websites.
    • Obtain a Missouri ID
      In time, you may want to consider applying for some form of Missouri ID (driver’s license or state ID).
      For International Students, this is highly recommended because it gives you a U.S. Government issued ID which you can use in place of your passport as photo identification. This is a much safer option than carrying your passport around everywhere you go.
      You can obtain a Missouri ID at any Department of Revenue office. For a list of locations, check the Missouri DOR. For understanding the application process, check out this OISS page
    • Purchase a parking permit
      If you are planning to drive to campus, you will need a permit to park in the University lots. More information