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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    A-
About Washington University in St. Louis...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
University Athletic Association
Address
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130
Website
From Washington University in St. Louis

At WashU, you’ll be part of a community of achievers who aren’t afraid to use their imagination as much as their intelligence. You’ll acquire the confidence and skills to succeed as a professional and as a person, ready to tackle the big challenges and change the world. You’ll learn from faculty leading their fields, and you’ll have the opportunity to work side by side with them on independent projects.
College isn’t just about academics. With more than 380 clubs and student-run organizations, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved while having fun with your peers and friends. You’ll find St. Louis offers the ideal balance of small-town feel and big city opportunities. Your first home will be located on campus on the South 40, a vibrant community, complete with residential colleges, great food, fitness facilities, study areas, and student-run businesses.
Cost will not be a barrier to a great education. We meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.

Washington University in St. Louis Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 2
Acceptance Rate
17%
SAT Range
1400-1570
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,824/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,518/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,025/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,208/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,158/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,102/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.93 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.102 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.101 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,915Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 59 responses
Report
  • Work-hard/play-hard
    37%
  • Well rounded, smart, down to earth
    22%
  • Hard-working
    20%
  • All-work, all-play, no-sleep
    5%
  • Fratty
    5%
  • Hard-working and helpful
    5%
  • Nerd
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.115 responses
Poll
49%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.134 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 62 responses
Report
  • Work-hard/play-hard
    48%
  • Opportunities
    21%
  • Unbelievably Friendly
    13%
  • All work, all play, no sleep
    5%
  • Happy
    5%
  • Stuck in Old Traditions
    5%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$66,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.55 responses
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Washington University in St. Louis Reviews

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WashU has opened up a lot of doors for me in terms of career exploration and pursuit. They have fantastic opportunities for research, community engagement, and intellectual pursuit. I think that they prepare their students well for life post-graduation, but I do think that the school needs to work on its accessibility to students from more diverse socioeconomic backgrounds!
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I love it there! I would not change anything about the school. The academics are perfectly rigorous, the food and dorms are amazing, and the people there are all very unique and interesting. I truly feel that the university takes a personalized interest in each and every student and wants to see all of them succeed.
WashU was an amazing place for an undergraduate. They do an amazing job to create a great experience especially for freshman. There are not many local students and almost no commuters since freshman are required to live on campus without cars. This does so much to encourage friendships and community in the dorms.

Academics are challenging, but that's what I was looking for and for the first time I felt at home among peers rather than feeling like an outcast for being a high performer. Many students are dual or triple majors or doing a combined bachelors/masters program like I did. It was great to get my BS/MS in 4.5 years when some of my co-workers I know took 5 yrs just to get the BS.

Financial aid is very generous, I came from a low income family and 85% of my costs were covered in grants, only 15% in loans. Of course 15% was still more than $40k when I graduated, but I have been continuously employed my entire career so far.