Washington University offers a supportive yet intellectually rigorous environment where students from all identities and backgrounds thrive. On campus and across the world, you’ll find talented, inspiring WashU students and faculty developing big ideas and pushing the boundaries on what it means to learn.
WashU’s undergraduate program is made up of five schools that span a variety of academic fields: College of Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, McKelvey School of Engineering, and the College of Architecture and College of Art, both housed within the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Throughout these divisions, we offer more than 90 areas of study and 1,500 courses, allowing students the flexibility to explore multiple interests and passions.
Life at WashU
Your first WashU home will be located on the South 40—a vibrant residential community on campus, complete with great food, fitness facilities, study areas, and student-run businesses such as Beary Sweet Shop and Wash-U-Wash service. Outside of your residential and academic communities, we encourage students to join one of our 480+ clubs and organizations, travel and learn through our study abroad programs, and participate in cutting-edge research alongside professors who are leaders in their fields.
Don’t forget about the city beyond our campus: St. Louis. The city offers the ideal balance of small-town feel and big-city opportunities. You’ll have endless options when it comes to dining, entertainment, sports, cultural attractions, shopping, and more—not to mention internships at top nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Admission to WashU is both selective and competitive. Our Admissions Committee reviews a large number of qualified and talented students each year, reading every application individually with a holistic perspective. WashU accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application, and QuestBridge Application. Visit our “How to Apply” web page for application instructions.
First-year application deadlines
• Early Decision I: November 1
• Early Decision II: January 2
• Regular Decision: January 2
WashU has a long tradition of working individually with our students’ families to ensure cost doesn’t stand in the way of a WashU education, which is why we are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for admitted students. You can learn more about our financial aid and scholarships on our website.
Merit-based academic scholarships
WashU is committed to helping talented students who show exceptional academic performance and outstanding promise. Merit-based academic scholarships offer financial aid based primarily on academic achievement. All students are automatically considered for the appropriate divisional scholarships based on their supplemental WashU essay. If you would like to be considered for one for our Signature Scholar Programs—including Danforth, Rodriguez, and Ervin—you must submit separate applications through the WashU Pathway.
Located in the heart of St. Louis, WashU’s 169 acres comprise top-of-the-line buildings, laboratories, classrooms, and libraries, all of which foster a sense of community, creativity, and collaboration. We invite prospective students to a variety of special visit days throughout the year and welcome visitors to our information sessions and general campus tours all year long. If you’re unable to visit campus, we encourage you to view our virtual tour online.