2019 Bear Beginnings Orientation Schedule

See the First Year Center for move-in information.

Visit the First Year Center for information on Bear Beginnings.

*BU+CS students have an altered schedule. Please look for an e-mail from Dean Ron Laue for more information.

Items designated with EN have required attendance for students in the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Sunday, August 18

Dean’s Meetings for Parents & Families

Sunday, August 18 10:30 a.m. to noon
Mallinckrodt Center, Edison Theatre
Dean Aaron Bobick will provide an overview of the McKelvey School of Engineering as well as plans for theschool’s future. A resource panel will be on hand to answer your questions.

Monday, August 19


9-10:30 a.m.
Brown Hall, room 100
Associate Dean Chris Kroeger will review academic policies as well as curriculum information and discuss the services and resources provided by Engineering Undergraduate Student Services and other School of Engineering & Applied Science offices.


11 a.m. to noon
Whitaker Hall, Room 100
Faculty will discuss academic opportunities for students interested in Biomedical Engineering.


noon to 1 p.m.
Location to be announced at the Associate Dean’s Meeting.
Enjoy a McKelvey Engineering tradition. At “Cheap Lunch”, hosted by EnCouncil, you can grab pizza, snacks and drinks and meet other new Engineering students.


1-2 p.m.
Brauer Hall, Room 12
Faculty will discuss academic opportunities for students interested in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering.


2-3 p.m.
Green Hall, Room 0120/Rodin Auditorium (lower level)
Faculty will discuss academic opportunities for students interested in Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering.


3-4 p.m.
Whitaker Hall, Room 218
Faculty will discuss academic opportunities for students interested in Mechanical Engineering.


4-5 p.m.
Louderman Hall, Room 458
Faculty will discuss academic opportunities for students interested in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.

*Students can book optional appointments with their four year advisor during their free time before or after department overviews.

Tuesday, August 20


8:45-9:30 a.m.
Meet your four year advisors in a short group meeting. Locations will be announced at the AssociateDean’s meeting on Monday.

EN Steady as You Go

9:30-11 a.m.
Mallinckrodt Center, Edison Theatre
The first year of college presents everyone with challenges. Talk with Associate Director of Mental Health Services, Dr. Brad Kinnear, about mental health and balance during your first year in college and learn about resources for students.

EN Demystifying College

11 a.m. to noon
Mallinckrodt Center, Edison Theatre
Professor Dennis Barbour, MD/PhD, has been a first generation college student and a faculty fellow on the South 40. He is currently a teaching professor and director of masters studies in BME. Join Professor Barbour to hear his insights in life on campus and in McKelvey Engineering.

EN Research in Engineering

noon to 1 p.m.
Mallinckrodt Center, Edison Theatre
Students and faculty share their experiences in McKelvey Engineering labs.

Lunch on Your Own

1-2:30 p.m.

Common Reading Program

2:30-4 p.m.

Combined Studies Meeting

4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21

Computer Science Placement Exam

9-11 a.m.
Lopata Hall, Room 101
This exam is for students with computer science background or programming experience, regardless of intended major. Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the CS AP test automatically receive credit for CSE 131; those students need not take the placement exam, but if they want to reassess their readiness, they are welcome to take it. Students with a lower score on the CS AP test will not receive credit for CSE 131, but as with all students, CSE 131 will be waived completely or in part by passing all or some of the placement exam (see below).

The placement exam determines one of the following outcomes:

  1. A student may be recommended to take CSE131 in its entirety.
  2. A student may be recommended to begin in a CSE course beyond CSE131.
  3. Same as (2), but completion of specific CSE131 modules may be required or recommended.
Questions about the Computer Science Placement Exam should be directed to Professor Ron Cytron,cytron@wustl.edu.
*students not planning on taking the Computer Science Placement Exam can book optional appointments with their four year advisor during this time.

EN Engineering Career Panel

11 a.m. to noon
Graham Chapel
There are many career paths for engineering students. Come hear the options for your major. Also learn more about the support services that McKelvey Engineering and the WU Career Center offer students for internships, cooperative experiences and job placement.

Lunch on Your Own

noon to 1:30 p.m.

Engineering Pre-Med Meeting

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lopata Hall, Room 101
Thinking ahead to medical school? Explore your options and learn how your undergraduate years can prepare you with Ron Laue, Senior Assistant Dean and Health Professions advisor for Engineering.

Take It from Me: an Engineering Student Panel

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Brown Hall, Room 100
Current McKelvey students share what they have learned about being an engineering student. Bring your questions.

EN Engineering Induction

3:45-6 p.m.
Brown Hall, Room 100
Engineering Orientation ends with a decades old tradition—Induction. Join your fellow classmates as you become McKelvey Engineers!

Monday, August 26

EN Engineering Activities Fair

6-7:30 p.m.
Lopata Hall, Gallery
Talk to representatives from Engineering student groups, tie dye your engineering t-shirt and enjoy an ice cream treat.