Sophomore Experience

The semester-long Sophomore Experience is designed to help students transition into their second year of college through academic workshops, career exploration, and excursions into St. Louis. The Sophomore Experience is bookended by Sophomore Summit to welcome students to their third semester and the Halfway to Graduation celebration which commemorates the end of their fourth semester.

Join fellow sophomore, transfer, and exchange students for the Halfway to Graduation celebration on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the Village Lawn! There will be free Class of 2025 swag, a photo booth, music by DJ Chris Brown, and food provided by Pappy’s Smokehouse.

Sophomore In the Lou Excursions

Sophomore In the Lou Excursions are designed to connect sophomore students to the city of St. Louis – its history and a taste of all it offers!

September 29: Taste of St. Louis Food Festival

October 1: GroveFest

Sunday, October 2: Walking Tour of Old North & St. Louis Place

Thursday, October 13: Pottery Wheel Workshop

Thursday, October 27: Pottery Wheel Workshop

Saturday, October 29: Walking Tour of Dutchtown 

Saturday, November 5: Walking Tour of Cherokee Street

Sunday, November 6: Walking Tour of the Ville

Saturday, November 12: Walking Tour of Laclede’s Landing 

Sunday, November 13: Walking Tour of Forest Park

Sunday, November 20: Walking Tour of Soulard

Sophomore Experience Excursions

Sophomore Experience Excursions are designed to connect the sophomore class to the city of St. Louis and with one another, while having fun!

Fall 2023 excursions will be added this summer.

Fall 2022 excursions included:

  • Taste of St. Louis Food Festival
  • GroveFest
  • Various Walking Tours around St. Louis
  • Pottery Wheel Workshops
  • Louis Blues Tickets
  • Private Movie Screening
  • Ice Skating in Forest Park

2SA Peer Mentor Program

The Second-Year Student Associates (2SA) position is a semester-long student leader role that focuses on engaging with and supporting second-year students with their academic and social activities at WashU. 2SAs assist with Sophomore Summit, sophomore programming, and Halfway to Graduation Celebration.

2023 – 2024 2SA applications will open on March 1, 2023. The application form will close on March 27 at Noon with interviews taking place between March 27 and March 30. Information about the role and application process can be found here.

2022 2SAs:

Belal Hammad
Henry Sosland
Justin Moreno
Katie Du
Lydia Sidrys
Sarah Kaplan
Tara Lindenbaum

Sophomore Bear Bulletin

The Sophomore Bear Bulletin is an e-Newsletter sophomore students receive throughout their third semester.  Newsletters will focus on important dates, deadlines, events on-and off-campus, and notices from Student Transitions & Family Programs.

Past Events

Previous (free!) St. Louis excursions have included private neighborhood tours throughout the city, a trip to the St. Louis Aquarium and Wheel, Blues and Cardinals tickets, private movie screenings, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra tickets.

In the past, there have been Career Center-led workshops, division-specific academic programming offered for students of all different majors, and study abroad fairs to help sophomores explore opportunities for their junior years.