At Washington University in St. Louis, students benefit from the resources of a large research university with the individual attention, advising, and support of a small liberal arts college.
WashU is known for its academic flexibility, groundbreaking research, robust student life, state-of-the-art facilities, and top-notch living and dining experiences. Students challenge assumptions, make compelling arguments, push comfort zones, and embrace learning through mutual respect. They explore, learn, grow, and lead.
WashU students are passionate, curious, and compelled to solve the problems of the world. They are inherently motivated as individuals, but they are collaborators, teammates, and friends. That’s what gives WashU its warm, welcoming, and cohesive community feel. There’s no shortage of people—students, faculty members, and advisors—who are willing to lend a hand, talk through a problem, or offer support for a new endeavor.
When students enroll at WashU, they set off on a truly unique academic path. The University’s unparalleled academic flexibility allows students to study within and across any of our five undergraduate divisions—Architecture, Art, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. With more than 90 areas of study and 1,500 courses, students are able to explore every subject area of interest. They major and minor across divisions and even design their own majors.
Outside the classroom, students find their place in more than 350 organizations and activities. They lead advocacy groups; compete in varsity, club, and intramural sports; give back to the community through service projects; and follow their passions to a myriad of other enriching extracurricular opportunities.
Students also take advantage of the research opportunities available throughout every division and at the School of Medicine—often beginning their first year—working side by side with professors who are leaders in their fields. No matter what they are studying, students find research projects that add meaning and depth to their college experience as they contribute to the world’s body of knowledge.
All first-year students live on campus in the South 40 residence area, often described as its own small town, with dining facilities, a fitness center, and recreational areas, plus its own governing body. Students live in one of 10 residential college communities, where they are encouraged and supported in their transition to college and their intellectual development, and they are able to form meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
WashU Dining Services has been nationally recognized for its outstanding dining experience. There are 14 dining facilities located throughout campus that offer hot entrées, made-to-order sandwiches, salad bars, a carvery, vegetarian dishes, kosher and halal options, and more.
WashU is selective, and our students typically take the most challenging courses in high school, earn top grades, score in the top ranges on the ACT and SAT, challenge themselves, and graduate in the top 10% of their graduating classes. There is no set list of requirements, however, as we look at each applicant with a holistic perspective. WashU accepts the Common Application and the Coalition Application.
Scholarships and financial aid
Once students are admitted, WashU commits to fully meeting 100% of their financial need, eliminating roadblocks to an exceptional education and a successful future. Financial assistance counselors work with each family individually to provide the necessary assistance, including no-loan packages for families with incomes of $75,000 or less. WashU also awards merit scholarships through every academic division and several University-wide programs. These awards require separate applications.
We invite all prospective students and their families to visit for an information session and student-led tour, and we will tailor each visit to match students’ interests. They may also request an optional interview with an admissions representative. Current students and alumni agree there’s really no way to fully understand the WashU experience until you have walked the paths, toured the buildings, and interacted with our community.
Undergraduate academic divisions:
• Arts & Sciences
• Engineering & Applied Sciences
Undergraduate ethnic breakdown:
• Black or African American: 8%
• Native American: <1%
• Asian American: 18%
• Hispanic/Latino: 7%
• International: 8%
• White: 53%
• Multiracial or unspecified: 6%
Student-faculty ratio: 8:1
Total University research support: $613 million
States represented by undergraduates: 50
Countries represented on campus: >100
SAT middle 50%: 1400–1570
ACT middle 50%: 32–34