Parents and Family

International parents have a challenge to keep in touch with their son or daughter from a distance. Parents of new international students who are attending the Explore Campus and Community Program are invited to come to campus at the same time as their son or daughter and participate in the Explore Parent Program. This program gives parents the opportunity to meet with campus administrators, other parents and to learn more about Washington University in St. Louis and the city of St. Louis.

The Explore Parent Program runs from Friday, August 17 - Saturday, August 18, 2018.


Participation in the Explore Parent Program is free for parents and other family members of students enrolled in the Explore Program. Please take a moment to complete the online response form and let us know whether or not you will participate.


If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Pizarro at


The Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center is located on the Danforth Campus of Washington University and has 66 guest rooms. If you make a reservation early, you should be able to book a room at this location. You can make reservations online or by phone at (866) 933-9400. There is a special room rate available to parents of WashU students, so be sure to mention that you are a WashU parent when you’re making your reservation. If rooms at the Knight Center are not available, or if you prefer to stay elsewhere, there are many other options near campus. Visit the Explore St. Louis website for a list of hotel options. You’ll want to search in the "Midtown/Clayton" region for hotels near Washington University’s Danforth Campus.


It is recommended that you rent a vehicle for your stay in St. Louis. Information on obtaining a rental vehicle can also be found on the Explore St. Louis website. Be sure to select "St Louis, MO (STL)" as your airport location. St. Louis has a public transportation system that includes Metro Link light rail and Metro Bus, that can get you to many of the most popular destinations in the city. However, you will likely find it more useful to have a rental vehicle at your disposal.


The schedule has not yet been finalized. Please check back later for more information. If you wish to participate in the Explore Parent Program, you should arrive on August 16. The Explore program activities will end on August 18. Parents who are still on campus on August 23 are invited to attend the Chancellor's Reception for New International Students in the afternoon.

Additional Resources for Parents and Families

Learn more about resources available to parents and families at WashU on the Alumni & Development website.