Class of 2021 Orientation Information

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On behalf of the Student Orientation Committee, we would like to congratulate you on your acceptance to Saint Louis University School of Medicine. We have planned a full week of activities to help you feel more comfortable in your new environment. This week will give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates, meet some members of the faculty, explore parts of St. Louis and have fun in the process. We encourage you to arrive in St. Louis early enough to find housing so that you will be able to participate in and enjoy orientation. 

Housing information is available on our Housing Website. This reflects information that has also been put up on your Facebook page.

Orientation activities begin with the Welcome Week Banquet for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, July 29 from 6 to 9 pm in the St. Louis Room on the third floor of the Busch Student Center on the undergrad campus.  Please join your fellow classmates, current medical students, and faculty in celebrating the beginning of your medical career! This will be a fun night of food, mingling, and an introduction to SLU's student-run free health clinic, the Health Resource Center. Dress is business casual and everyone is invited, so bring your families, significant others, and anyone else who would like to come. Ticket prices and sales will be available soon; all proceeds will go directly to the Health Resource Center clinic. Welcome Week Banquet flyer will be available soon that will provide specific information and payment information. Hope to see you all there!

The White Coat Ceremony, sponsored by the School of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Association, will be held on Sunday, July 30 at St. Francis Xavier College Church (Building 51 on the campus map). Entering students will be “cloaked” with their first clinical white coats, the symbol of the medical profession. The ceremony is meant to foster professionalism and humanism in medicine. Parents, spouses, and family are invited to attend!  The ceremony begins at 1:30 pm, but all entering students need to get to the Church Ballroom (basement of the church) by 11:30 am to be fitted for their white coat and have their "Official School of Medicine" picture taken. A group photo will taken before the ceremony begins. Sign up for orientation week events will be available.  Tell your family and friends about this very special occasion; the beginning of your career in the medical profession. Parents or close family members who are physicians may cloak their own family member student, so let them know ahead of time - we'll give you instructions at the ceremony.

Orientation itself begins on Monday, July 31 at 8:30 am in the Education Union on the medical campus (Medical Center Map, #12). Please park (free this week) in the Hickory East Garage, 1214 S Theresa Avenue across from the Education Union. Casual attire and comfortable shoes are appropriate for the week's activities. You will be welcomed by several members of the dean's staff who will give you a brief introduction to the school of medicine, the key members of the staff will present a student information session. A welcome luncheon is scheduled at noon.

The rest of the week will provide a variety of other information about medical school life and the curriculum, financial aid, perspectives from 2nd and 3rd year medical students, and much more. It will offer some great social events and activities in the afternoons and evenings, all to acquaint you with your new environment and your fellow colleagues. Please check the Preliminary Orientation Week Schedule and Orientation Week at a Glance Schedule to get a general idea of the week’s activities. Some social events are free and others have nominal costs for tickets and/or transportation. 

University Campus Maps will be included in your admissions packet, and printable versions can also be found on our website at

Please check out ALL of the Navigation links on the left to become familiar with the events and schedules of Orientation Welcome Week and learn a bit about our city. Friday of Orientation Week is our Service Day. Small groups of first year students led by sophomore group leaders will be sent to a variety of locations in the city to participate in a few hours of service to the community. It is your first chance to "Give Back" to areas of our community which are most in need of your services. Students have found this a wonderful opportunity to become "involved"!

You may also call Lisa Bertschinger in the Office of Student Affairs, at 
314-977-9827 for any questions or concerns you have. We look forward to welcoming you to St. Louis and hope that we can make your transition to your first year of medical school as smooth as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you! 

Dr. James Willmore
Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs

Dr. Greg Smith
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Check out the link to our Student Affairs homepage in the upper-left of this page

From the Class of 2020:

Sophomore Welcome Week Coordinators 
Katherine Mass, Eric Penton, John Rouck, Raza Sagarwala and Carly Thaxton

Community Service Day Coordinators
Mitchell Edwards, Alex Marelich, Nicolas Ong, and Chase Pribble

Subpages (1): Orientation Packet