Students Say

Armed with a “fantastic reputation,” Washington University offers undergraduates “unparalleled facilities and resources and a friendly and intellectual atmosphere.” Students join a “supportive community” replete with “academic flexibility,” a myriad of “research opportunities” and plentiful “merit scholarships.” Moreover, Wash U.’s size is “big enough that [you] don’t know everyone and...can meet new people often, but it is small enough that [you] recognize a lot of faces and know a considerable percentage of the people there.”

Overview

Applicants
29,211
Acceptance Rate
17%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
700 - 770
SAT Math
720 - 800
SAT Writing
700 - 770
ACT Composite
32 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Overall

Students Say

Armed with a “fantastic reputation,” Washington University offers undergraduates “unparalleled facilities and resources and a friendly and intellectual atmosphere.” Students join a “supportive community” replete with “academic flexibility,” a myriad of “research opportunities” and plentiful “merit scholarships.” Moreover, Wash U.’s size is “big enough that [you] don’t know everyone and...can meet new people often, but it is small enough that [you] recognize a lot of faces and know a considerable percentage of the people there.” Academically, students are quick to praise the “strong” pre-med program, which provides excellent MCAT prep. Regardless of major, students warn us that no one should expect to breeze through classes here. Indeed, courses “are difficult.” Thankfully, however, “with a good work ethic...they are manageable.” Then again, it’s also easy to be motivated when you’re surrounded and supported by an “amazing” faculty. And these students greatly enjoy learning from professors who “are always engaged and passionate about what they’re teaching.” Further, many undergrads say it’s quite evident that Wash U. professors are invested in the success of their students. A neuroscience major shares, “My professors work hard to make sure both that I fully grasp the material and that I understand its significance in relation to the course and my education as a whole.” In the end, as an impressed anthropology major says, “Wash U. pulls out all the stops to make sure you have the best college experience possible, socially and academically.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
1,270
with Terminal Degree
840

784
Men
486
Women

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural Technology/Technician
  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, Other
  • Biophysics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and management, Other
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • General Literature

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Iranian/Persian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
97
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Bottom Line

Undergraduate tuition and fees ring in at about $45,700 annually. Add another $14,400 for room and board, and you’re looking at a $60,000 baseline price tag, not including books, supplies, personal expenses, or transportation. Don’t fret: Financial aid is generous and merit-based aid is available as well.

Bang For Your Buck

WUSTL offers a personalized approach to financial assistance. The university’s financial aid office takes the time to understand each family’s individual financial circumstances and award financial assistance that is tailored to a particular family’s unique situation. (This works out particularly well for middle-income families with mitigating factors affecting their ability to pay.) In addition, WUSTL is committed to ensuring that no student is forced to leave school due to a change in his or her family’s financial circumstances. A simple one-page application makes applying for financial assistance simple, and awards range up to the full cost of attendance. In addition to generous academic scholarships and need-based aid, WUSTL strives to reduce the amount of student loans being borrowed by students. Many students qualify for financial assistance awards which meet their demonstrated need without the use of student loans. Merit-based scholarships are plentiful. The John B. Ervin Scholars Program and Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program cover up to the full cost of tuition plus a stipend, and focus on leadership, service, and commitment to diversity and are open to applications in all academic areas.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,708

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,555

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,006

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,858

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
30%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,410

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,300
Required Fees
$793
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$977

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,182
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Wash U. undergrads agree that their school consistently manages to attract “motivated,” “passionate” and “highly engaged” students. They are also quick to categorize their peers as “smart, moderately wealthy, a little bit nerdy, and extremely compassionate.” And while most students are “hardworking and focused,” a political science student highlights the fact that they are also “collaborative.” Indeed, there’s no place for cutthroat behavior here and “nobody wants to see their peers fail.” Undergrads also tend to be “very socially aware and socially active.” And though “people [might] joke about the typical Wash U student being pre-med and Jewish, but in reality...students are diverse in terms of their academic interests, religious inclinations, and cultural affiliations.” Additionally, many undergrads boast that “the ‘nice factor’ advertised by the admissions department really is true: students are quick to smile, greet each other, hold the door, etc. All in all, “the Midwestern feel at Wash U makes it an extremely inclusive school, and a place where everyone is celebrated and welcome.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,401
Out of State
93%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
84

Demographics

19.03%
Asian
6.43%
African-American
6.06%
Hispanic
60.79%
Caucasian
3.35%
Unknown
9.23%
International

52% female
48% male
93% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Boredom is practically nonexistent at Wash U. There’s never a day that passes without some form of exciting entertainment. For example, “petting zoos, the carnival on the swamp, and a visiting orchestra are just a few things to look forward to each year.” Certainly, extracurricular options abound and “anyone can find organizations on campus that pursue his/her interest.” A freshman strongly agrees sharing, “Everyone gets involved with different student groups on campus, from environmental awareness groups to improv groups to butter-churning groups.” Additionally, the Greek system is another “major source of entertainment for students.” Though one sophomore stresses that “it doesn’t [necessarily] dominate campus social life.” And a freshman assures us that “there is no large divide between Greek and non-Greek students.” Lastly, hometown St. Louis is a “really cool city for the people willing to explore it.” Fortunately, the university makes it fairly easy to do so since “every student receives a UPass which covers most of the public transportation in the area.” Undergrads can enjoy everything from “art galleries and museums to exquisite restaurants (like the Peruvian ‘Mango’) and a well-frequented stadium for the Cardinal’s baseball games [as well as] other sports (like the Argentina vs. Bosnia soccer game this year!).”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
79%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
98
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Christine Duden Street

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation: adult-based

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational evaluation: adult-based

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
350
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
10

25% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bears)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bears)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: Washington University has support groups and related services for multicultural students including the Association of Black Students, the Association of Latin American Students, the Asian Students Association, and many more.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Louis University

Sustainability

One of the country’s leading universities, Washington University’s commitment to sustainability is woven throughout all aspects of the campus experience – including hundreds of sustainability-related courses, hands-on research opportunities, tens of student green groups, and a strong campus culture of sustainability. At the global-scale, the university’s International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability and the McDonnel International Scholars Academy work to address sustainability issues through collaborative research with 28 partner universities throughout the world. Wash U’s Danforth and Medical Campuses are currently home to 20 LEED certified projects, including a new major LEED Platinum student housing complex, the Lofts, as well as nine LEED Gold buildings. The university is also home to the Living Learning Center, a net zero energy and water building and the world's first to achieve Living Building Challenge certification. In 2010, the University committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a 22 percent reduction, without the use of carbon offsets. In 2014 alone, Wash U. invested over $5 million in energy efficiency and significantly expanded its commitment to renewable energy, installing over 1,600 solar panels. Seventeen percent of food served on campus comes from local producers, in addition to fair trade coffees and teas, cage-free eggs, antibiotic-free and grass-fed hamburger meat and sustainably harvested seafood. Most major campus events are now zero waste, diverting more than 90 percent of the waste from the landfill through composting and recycling. And it’s easy to go car-free at Wash U. with lightrail and bus stops on each campus and free transit passes for all full-timers. The two campuses are separated by a world-class park, Forest Park, and both feature a robust car-share program, bike repair stands, and connections to greenways.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
18%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
2500

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, CDW, GovConnection, and Insight

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Campus Box 1089, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Phone
(800) 638-0700


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Art Museum
Whispers Cafe in Olin Library
Danforth University Center
Brookings Quadrangle
South 40 Residential Area

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Forest Park (Zoo and Science Center)
Delmar Loop
Gateway Arch
Cardinals, Blues, and Rams Sporting Events
Fox Theatre

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and some Saturdays
8:30am-5pm and 9am-2pm
(800) 638-0700

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year-Round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
One-night stay during the fall and spring semesters

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is approximately 10 miles from campus. Taxis are available for the ride from the airport to campus. A 24-hour taxi service is located directly across from the baggage claim area. The MetroLink Light Rail System also provides light rail service from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please visit http://admissions.wustl.edu and click on "Visit Campus" for detailed directions to campus.

Local Accommodations
If you're planning on staying overnight, some local hotel accommodations include the Knight Center on the Washington University Campus (866-933-9400 or 314-933-9400), Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Clayton Hotel (800-227-6963 or 314-726-5400), Hampton Inn and Suites Clayton/St. Louis-Galleria Area (314-727-0700), Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Louis-Galleria (800-225-5466 or 314-863-7700), Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis (800-241-3333 or 314-863-6300), and Sheraton Clayton Plaza (800-325-3535 or 314-863-0400).
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Key Stats

29,211
Applicants
7,401
Size
17%
Acceptance Rate
1500
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists