College Coffee Chats
Want to know how to effectively network with top school officials? Need advice for an upcoming interview? Curious about the financial aid process? Wondering who you should ask as a recommender? Answer these questions and more as you share a coffee (or tea) with a member of our WashU community. These informal Q&A sessions with WashU faculty and staff provide students the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding their college search and application process.
College Advising Workshops
These sessions are designed to provide students with personalized advice on important college application topics including college search, essays, resumes, and interviews.
One of our most popular activities, College Forums are "town hall style" events where undergraduate and graduate students share their personal college journeys and provide valuable advice on how to balance social and academic life, applying to college, and college readiness. Past College Forum topics have included: Your Senior Year, Choosing a College Major, and Transitioning from High School to College.
Learning Badges and College Readiness Certificate
College readiness skill development is the foundation for all our programming. Throughout their day to day activities (classes, program activities, and interactions with faculty and staff), students are developing the skills to be successful in college. Our Learning Badges curriculum is an extension of that daily learning. Through online, interactive discussions and projects, students dive deeper into specific topics such as leadership, diversity, and wellness while further developing key college readiness skills such as communication, cultural understanding, and self-reflection. Students receive a digital badge once they've completed the activities assigned to that badge. Our current Learning Badges are: Become a Leader, Give Back, Be Well, Invest in Yourself, Critical Thinker, and Discovering Diversity. Students who complete all six Learning Badges will earn a College Readiness Certificate.
Reflection Essay Contest
Learning how to self-reflect is an essential college readiness skill. Our Reflection Essay Contest offers students the opportunity to reflect on their program experience. To enter, students choose one program activity and write one 250-300 word single-spaced essay. In the essay, they must reflect on why they believe this activity had relevance to the development of their college preparedness.