We are proud of our beloved campus traditions, many of which take place on an annual basis. These customs and habits create a strong connection to the physical campus for all who spend time here.



Be part of the exuberant display of ResCollege spirit and stay for formal presentations by university leadership to new students and their families.

Dance Marathon

WUDM raises funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis and two local children's hospitals.


Diwali is run by Ashoka, the South Asian Student Association, and it has been a strongly rooted tradition at WashU for the past 25 years.

First 40

New students participate in a wide-ranging series of social and cultural events during the first forty days of classes.

First Year Finale

A celebration to allow students to reflect on their first year experiences and recognize outstanding members of the university community.

Home Plate

Local families are matched with students and provide home-cooked meals several times a year.

Lunar New Year Festival

LNYF is a student-run organization at WashU that celebrates the Lunar New Year and promote the awareness of different facets of Asian culture.

Moonlight Breakfast

During reading week each semester, faculty and staff serve free breakfast to students for a late-night study break.