Welcome Class of 2021

Welcome to Washington University in St. Louis and the College of Arts & Sciences! The College believes that a full life is an intellectual, moral, and creative endeavor of meaning and purpose and we are here to help you begin that journey. As you get ready to come to campus, here are some important choices to consider:

First Choices

Choose a Freshman Seminar or Special First-Year Program – academic opportunities only open to first year students.

Why? Freshman Seminars or Special First-Year Programs are small classes that allow you to work closely with a professor and a community of learners.  These classes delve deeply into vexing questions and offer students a change to develop meaningful relationships with faculty in their first year.  Classes are offered in disciplines across Arts and Sciences and are a great way to explore an area of potential interest or try something totally new.  Either choice is a good one – any of these classes will count toward your distribution requirements for the College’s IQ Curriculum.

February 20, 2017

Writing Prize for Freshmen

Freshmen from all disciplines in Arts & Sciences are encouraged to apply for the Dean James E. McLeod Freshman Writing Prize.

Submission requirements

An original research paper (10-12 pages of text) that explores some aspect of race, gender and/or identity. The paper may derive from any discipline provided that it is written in English and was created for a freshman seminar or course taken during the first year, taught by a Washington University instructor. Papers can be nominated through self-nomination or by instructors. Only one paper may be submitted per student.

The Prize

There will be two submission dates – one in the fall and one in the spring.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a special ceremony of recognition in the fall (September) of the sophomore year.  Each winner will receive a framed certificate of award, $250, and the possibility of publishing his or her work.

Submission Instructions and Deadline

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Our Mission

Jennifer R. Smith
Dean of the College

The College of Arts & Sciences celebrates the joy of discovery and the exercise of critical thought in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Advancing the values of a liberal arts education, we affirm that a full life is an intellectual, moral, and creative endeavor of meaning and purpose. Our goal is to develop our students by fostering resolve and adaptability, self-reliance and collaborative effort, humility and courage, a sense of tradition and a spirit of innovation.

We strive to create and maintain a diverse, supportive, and respectful collegiate community by encouraging lasting connections among students, faculty, and staff.  Together, committed to both leadership and service, we work each day to further our pursuit of strength through truth--per veritatem vis.