See what students say:

Academics

Wide-ranging exploration and customized learning are the driving forces at Washington University in St. Louis, where students can design their own curriculum thanks to an “academic flexibility” that allows students to explore many different areas of study and find their passions. WashU focuses on the balanced student: “academically involved, part of many student groups, really immersed in the culture here.” The “collaborative culture” is apparent in all aspects of the school, and because students here are so dedicated to their studies, there are “many clubs dedicated to specific areas” of academics, as well as research opportunities. The school’s Center for Experiential Learning lets students put their learnings into practice and consult with actual companies or create mock business, and it is “easy to switch schools and majors” for students that find a new interest pulling them. Even first-year seminars “sometimes include out-of-class components like research or travel,” and the school encourages civic engagement like local service projects, even building them into some classes. Additionally, around 40 percent of students study abroad during their time at WashU.

Academics are “great, but incredibly difficult,” but the support systems in place for first-year students “help ease the college transition immensely,” and the administration “deeply cares about the well-being of the students.” For classes that need more resources (such as introductory courses like chemistry, biology, physics), there are “homework help sessions and tutoring groups that you can access easily.” Professors are similarly “wonderful” and “encourage building personal relationships.” Students particularly love the real world applications of their classes: “We get to work with real companies, choose semester-long projects that interest our teams, and enjoy the humor that our professors bring to lectures.” Best of all, for almost any program a student chooses to pursue, there is “flexibility so you can major or minor or take classes across schools without red tape.”

Student Body

WashU’s population is “small enough to walk around campus and say hi to a lot of people, but you can still meet new people every day.” Everyone here is “passionate about something,” and that passion is “contagious and highly motivating, especially at such a collaborative environment.” There is a “diverse student body racially and religiously,” and they are the most “genuine, down-to-earth, driven, non-competitive, outgoing student population” on top of being “intellectually curious, multi-talented, and engaged with the world around them.” Above all, what really sets WashU apart is “what admissions officers call the nice factor,” where “students across all disciplines are collaborative in their work and kind to others.” People “build each other up here and cheer each other on, and it really creates a community.”

Campus Life

WashU is “the package deal. Great academics, amazing extracurricular activities, and the best people.” There’s “always funding for student groups, student initiatives, university-run activities, research, and the infrastructure is “unmatched”: “Dorms are five-star hotels, food is delicious with tons of variety, [and] the buildings are gorgeous.” The campus is also stunning, and “there is beautiful architecture, both historic and modern, and excellent maintenance of plant life.” Campus life is “exciting and lively,” and people are busy: “very few people do nothing for more than two hours per day.” The “library is always filled, people are always playing Frisbee on the open fields,” and “everyone is involved in multiple extracurricular activities.” On the weekends students will go to the Loop (a stretch of restaurants near campus) for dinner with friends, or “older students go out to bars or clubs.” The social scene is “largely Greek life-based,” though big clubs or student groups also have “a very strong social aspect.” The greater St. Louis area is a destination in itself, and people will often run in Forest Park or go exploring things “like music festivals or the local food scene.” Brunch is a “super popular weekend option for getting off campus,” but since students are not allowed to have a car for the first two years “it can be very difficult to get around.”

Overview

Applicants
30,463
Acceptance Rate
16%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
720 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
750 - 800
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 2

Regular — January 2


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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
1,300
with Terminal Degree

777
Men
523
Women
283
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology.
  • Architectural Technology/Technician.
  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, 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.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Systems Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Medicine.
  • 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, General.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization.
  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Biopsychology.
  • Cognitive Science.
  • 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 and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • 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.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Medical Anthropology.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.
  • 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/Video 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

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$60,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$113,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$62,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$118,800

Percent High Job Meaning
44%

Percent STEM
31%


Students Say

WashU undergrads have access to professors who continually “look to help students [with regards to] internships…career plans [and] professional development. Undergrads can also easily utilize a “good” career services office that is continually developing programs and fostering relationships that will benefit the students. Hence, WashU grads can be found working at top firms in a variety of industries. Employers include Amazon, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, City Year, Inc., Capital One, Anheuser-Busch InBev, AT&T, Microsoft Corporation, Google, Teach for America, Bain & Company, Inc., and Deloitte Consulting LLP (among other illustrious corporations).

Every faculty member and administrator we asked about career preparation at WashU could easily rattle off the success stories of their former students. There's Laura Javier, a designer at Facebook who was recently named one of 2016's most creative people in business for her work on Facebook's Moments application. The 2011 graduate credits WashU's communication design program and two specific mentors with the success she's had early in her career. Jim McKelvey, who graduated in 1987 with degrees in computer science and economics is co-founder of Square, the credit card processor that allows businesses to take cards anywhere. McKelvey also founded LaunchCode, which opens doors to technology jobs through education, training, and placement. LaunchCode, located in St. Louis, often hires WashU students as interns. Aaron Samuels says WashU taught him that "picking a career path didn't mean choosing one part of [himself]." Samuels, who graduated in 2011 with degrees in business administration and philosophy has always had varied interests, and his post-graduation positions have been just as varied—on Wall Street, in poetry, and as a tech company co-founder. And 2015 graduate Danica Yu is working as a recruiting coordinator at Google Inc. Yu's degrees are in environmental policy and anthropology, and her experience during college was primarily in the field of sustainability. She demonstrates that a WashU education will get you far, regardless of what it is you study here. A chemistry major sums it up: "WashU prepares you for a variety of different careers. It's not just good at being a pre-med school. You have options in business, art, architecture, and engineering...It prepares you to think critically and handle a variety of situations."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,567

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,745

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,698

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
29%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,592

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$48,169

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,400
Required Fees
$999
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,010

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,318
Transportation for Commuters
$1,600

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,440
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,675
Foreign Countries Represented
50

Demographics

17.32%
Asian
7.75%
African-American
8.64%
Hispanic
52.43%
Caucasian
1.65%
Unknown
7.35%
International

54% female
46% male
91% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Heather Stout, Asst Director

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Please visit our "Documentation Guidelines" listed specifically for students with Learning Disabilities on the Disability Resources website at: cornerstone.wustl.edu/disability-resources/request-and-use-accommodations/documentation-guidelines/

Documentation Required for ADHD

Please visit our "Documentation Guidelines" listed specifically for students with ADHD on the Disability Resources website at: cornerstone.wustl.edu/disability-resources/request-and-use-accommodations/documentation-guidelines/

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
380
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
20

25% join a fraternity
44% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

36% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) provides support and advocacy for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations. The CDI also creates collaborative partnerships with campus community stakeholders, and the CDI promotes dialogue and social change among all students. For more information, please visit https://diversity.wustl.edu

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.

95/99
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
37%

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 March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
85

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, CDW, GovConnection, Insight, World Wide Technologies, and JMA Information Technology (Juniper Networks)

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 and Blues 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" 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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