See what 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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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!)."


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
710 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 770

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


Early Decision — November 1

Regular — January 2

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

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

Selectivity Rating

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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

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

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • 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
  • Journalism

  • 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

  • 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

  • Creative Writing
  • 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
  • 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


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Washington University "does an excellent job of preparing students" for their future careers, setting students on a Four Year Plan for the career process from the first days that they set foot on campus. The Career Center helps hook students up with "great internship opportunities" based upon their major, maintains an online recruiting platform (CAREERlink) to further facilitate student proactivity, and offers one-on-one advising for students at all stages of their job search. Road shows each year take students to Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York where they can network with alumni and with industry professionals. Forty-eight percent of WUSTL graduates who visited said they felt their job had a meaningful impact on the world, and alumni have an average starting salary of $55,000.

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."


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
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Bottom Line

Undergraduate tuition and fees ring in at about $49,770 annually. Add another $15,596 for room and board, and you're looking at a $65,366 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 short online form 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. One hundred percent of need is met for all admitted students. Many students qualify for financial assistance awards which meet their demonstrated need without the use of student loans. Merit-based scholarships are also offered. 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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



53% female
47% male
92% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Christine Duden Street

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation: adult-based

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational evaluation: adult-based

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

30% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bears)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bears)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, CDW, GovConnection, and Insight

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

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

(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

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

One-night stay during the fall and spring semesters


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 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).