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.


New WashU Spirit Song!

Sing "Fight for Washington" loud and proud.

Our Names, Our Stories

Our Names, Our Stories is a common experience for all first-year students during Bear Beginnings.

Relay for LIfe

This 12-hour team walking event benefits the American Cancer Society.

Residential College Olympics

An annual competition between Residential Colleges in a wide variety of fun events such as basketball, dodgeball, tug-of-war, and Twister.

Student Life Newspaper

Student Life is one of the oldest collegiate newspapers in the country, founded in 1878. Read it online or in print for campus news, sports reporting, events, opinions and more.

ThurtenE Carnival

Founded in 1907, ThurtenE is the oldest and largest student-run carnival in America.


Annual dance party sponsored by the School of Engineering & Applied Science.


Held twice each year, this popular festival features plenty of refreshments and music by a nationally recognized band.