Media Advisory: Move-in day Aug. 23 for new WUSTL students

WHAT: Move-in day for incoming students at Washington University in St. Louis. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will lead university staff members and upperclass student volunteers in an early-morning pep rally (cheers, dancing) as they prepare to welcome the new students and assist with move in.

WHO: Some 1,700 new Washington University in St. Louis students (freshmen, transfer and exchange) are arriving for the 2012-13 academic year that begins Aug. 28. A large number of them will move into the South 40 residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 23, the main move-in day for first-year students. With help from family, friends and upperclassmen, the freshmen will haul everything from refrigerators and microwaves to carpets, bicycles and stereo systems. Trucks, vans, minivans and U-Hauls will line the South 40 driveways.

WHEN: All day Thursday, Aug. 23. The pep rally begins at 7:30 a.m. New students and their families begin arriving at 8:30 a.m. The heaviest move-in volume is mid-morning, around 10 a.m. By 3 p.m., most students will be settled into their new home.

WHERE: Washington University’s South 40. Enter at Big Bend Boulevard and Shepley Drive (just south of intersection of Big Bend and Forsyth). The pep rally takes place at the Clocktower, a South 40 landmark.

OF SPECIAL INTEREST: Upperclassmen assisting the incoming students are called WUSAs (Washington University Student Associates). These student volunteers help, not only with move in and orientation, but they are paired with incoming students for the entire first year. Washington University’s WUSA program is viewed as a model program nationally. To learn more, visit:

NOTE: Please call (314) 603-6008 if you plan on coming to the South 40 so that someone from the University News Service office will be there to assist you. Also, please note that parking will be very limited on the South 40.