Student Sunrise is a once-in-a-generation project that will replace many of the systems that currently support WashU’s academic areas, reimagine operations in the academic and student support space, and over time improve the student experience.

What’s included in Student Sunrise?

Through this project, we are rethinking how we serve our students in key areas like registration, advising, curriculum and student financials through new systems and processes.

Workday Student

Workday Student will become WashU’s foundational system to support academic operations during the 2024-25 academic year, replacing SIS and other core systems. Learn more about the project.

The transition brings with it new concepts, terminology and changes that will drive how we operate. Visit Workday Student 101 to learn more.

Foundations & Records

Foundations and records include core components that drive how students and information are managed and organized, like academic calendars and programs of study.


Undergraduate and graduate admissions systems will connect with Workday Student to matriculate applicant records, and graduate systems will be unified.


Workday Student will become the universal tool for advising, including appointment scheduling, pre-registration support, progress tracking and final degree audits.

Courses & Registration

Students will view and register for courses in Workday Student, which has robust enrollment access management tools like waitlisting and prerequisite enforcement.


Workday’s student financials and financial aid functionality will ensure students receive accurate tuition bills and can view fees and aid posted to their accounts.

Who’s involved in Sunrise?

Project Team & Leadership

Collectively, these groups represent the diverse interests of our community and are involved in project planning and decision-making.

Campus Participants

Students, faculty and staff provide feedback on how Workday Student should be configured and how changes will affect their areas.

Sunrise Spotlight Project Newsletter

The future of degree audit

The future of degree audit

WashU leadership has committed to using Workday Student as the universal tool for advising and degree audit across the university. But what is a degree audit?
Leading through change: Katelyn McConnell

Leading through change: Katelyn McConnell

In summer 2023, the Office of the Provost launched an advising working group, led by McConnell, to assess current practices and promote collaboration.
Graduate Admissions project complete

Graduate Admissions project complete

The Graduate Admissions project concluded Phase II in March 2024, marking the end of the two-and-a-half-year effort to consolidate and streamline graduate admissions systems and processes at WashU. 
Preparing students for Workday

Preparing students for Workday

The Student Sunrise project is preparing to help students transition to Workday Student as we retire WebSTAC and other systems students use to navigate their academic careers at WashU. 

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