umrath residential hall on WashU campus

Residential Life

Residence Hall

All residential students live in one of our top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. No more than four students share a suite with one bathroom. Each student has their own: extra-long twin bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, and closet. Each floor has a small study room and a lounge with a kitchenette (sink, refrigerator, and microwave). The 1st floor has laundry facilities and ice machine, full kitchen, classrooms and study areas, and a lobby area with TV. Computer labs are located throughout campus and are available for use by students. There is an elevator. 

Suites are organized based on gender identity, age, and year in school. All residence halls are mixed gender; individual floors can be mixed gender. We cannot guarantee room/suitemate requests, but students are welcome to submit requests. 


The outer doors to all residence halls are kept locked 24 hours a day and students access the building, suites, and rooms with key cards. Visitors are not permitted to be in the residence hall with the exception of move-in and departure times unless accompanied by a staff member.


Living in the residence hall are our residential program assistants, current WashU students who provide academic advice, plan social activities, and ensure the rules and regulations of the program are followed. Our program assistants participate in online and in person training programs designed for working with youth. All staff have passed federal background checks and are CPR/First Aid certified. We also have a residential supervisor living on campus to oversee the residential aspects of our programs and act as an emergency contact for students and parents.


There are several on-campus computer labs available for use. A secured wireless connection is available.


There is a nightly curfew, which the staff strictly enforce. Students must sign-in to the residence hall by 9:00pm and be in their suites by 11:00pm. Once students have signed in, they cannot leave the building until the next morning at 7:30am when the dining hall opens.

Leaving Campus

Students are permitted to leave campus in groups of 2 or more beginning at 5:00pm on week days and 9:00am on weekends. Students must sign-out of the residence hall and return by scheduled in the dorm curfew of 9 p.m. Students are not be permitted to leave campus outside of these times unless permission is received from a parent or legal guardian. 

One-on-one Support

We know that attending a pre-college program can be an exciting, but sometimes challenging experience. We also recognize that each student will have their own individual needs during the program. Students meet regularly with their residential program assistant to discuss questions and concerns, provide insight on campus resources, and encourage social involvement. 

Students sitting outside

Social Events

Social events introduce students to life on campus at WashU as well as provide a break from academic studies. Events include activities such as capture the flag games, pizza parties, trivia, and movie nights. Club nights offer the chance for students with similar interests to participate in hands-on activities like cooking, baking, and arts and crafts. Social events are included in the program fee and are optional to attend.

Weekly Group Meetings

On Monday nights, students meet in small groups with a program assistant to discuss the week's upcoming events, activities, and important announcements. Groups also explore different college readiness skills such as time management, networking, and budgeting. These meetings are also a time for students to ask questions and address concerns. Weekly meetings are mandatory to attend.

Weekend Outings

Weekend outings are designed to introduce students to the vibrant city of St. Louis. Outings are organized based on student interest and include trips to local museums and attractions. Some of the most popular St. Louis area destinations are:

Weekend outings are included in the program fee and are optional to attend.

South 40 Fitness Center

The South 40 Fitness Center is conveniently located on the South 40 residential area of campus not far from the residence hall. This center includes cardio and strength equipment. This facility is available for use by our students during the summer Monday-Friday from 5:30-7:30pm. A signed parent waiver is required in order to use the facility.

In addition, there are a number of outdoor spaces that students can use during the program including:

  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Ultimate Frisbee/soccer fields
  • Recreational pool (not ideal for swimming laps)
  • Outdoor track

We have tennis racquets, basketballs, soccer balls, and other sports equipment available for student use during the program.