AT A GLANCE
• Undergraduate students: 7,146
• Graduate students: 6,627
• 15% of applicants admitted
• 12% of students receiving Federal Pell Grants
• SAT middle 50%: 1470–1570
• ACT middle 50%: 32–35
Undergraduate ethnic breakdown
• Asian American: 16%
• Black/African American: 9%
• Hispanic/Latino: 9%
• Native American: • White: 51%
• International: 8%
• Multiracial or unspecified: 7%
• All 50 states represented
• 100 countries represented
• 90% of students from outside of Missouri
• Nearly 65% of students from more than 500 miles away
GRADUATION & RETENTION
• Students who return after their first year: 97%
• Graduation rate: 95%
• 7:1 student-faculty ratio
• 90+ fields of study
• 1,500+ classes
• Over 55% of students participating in undergraduate research
• Over 45% of students studying abroad
Located in the heart of St. Louis, Washington University has a reputation as a premier university—one that enables students like you to create your own real-world success.
At WashU, we know that discovery starts with big aspirations and progress comes from passionate persistence. Together with our peers, professors, and alumni, we set out to change the world. We love a good challenge—one that pushes us outside of our comfort zones and lets each one of us shine in our own unique way.
WashU offers a supportive, intellectually rigorous environment where students of all identities and backgrounds thrive. Whether you’re exploring outside the classroom, participating in one of our 480+ student-led clubs and organizations, conducting hands-on research with our world-renowned faculty, or landing an internship that propels you down your eventual career path, we are here to support you.
Undergraduate programs and academics
WashU’s undergraduate program as a whole has consistently earned a top 20 ranking from U.S. News & World Report and the Wall Street Journal.
WashU comprises five undergraduate schools that offer over 90 fields of study and 1,500 courses: the 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).
Scholarships and financial aid
WashU is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all our admitted students. We offer grants, not loans, for students who are Pell eligible and/or students with parental incomes of less than $75,000 annually. We have also launched two start-up grants that offset the costs associated with a new computer, books, clothes, and housing supplies.
QuestBridge Scholars program
WashU believes all students should have access to higher education regardless of their financial background—which is why we have partnered with QuestBridge, a leading nonprofit that connects high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to the nation’s best colleges.
This invitation-only event is an all-expenses-paid fly-in program for high-achieving high school seniors from diverse backgrounds who are historically underrepresented in higher education. Students stay in WashU’s residential colleges, learn about our academic programs, meet current students and faculty, and experience our dynamic and supportive community. Students will also learn about the application process as well as financial aid and scholarships.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The WashU Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports and advocates for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who come from underrepresented and/or marginalized populations; creates collaborative partnerships across campus and in the community; and promotes dialogue and social change among all students.
Office for Student Success
The Office for Student Success assists students with their transition to and through college. By creating experiential equity, harnessing cultural wealth, utilizing high-impact educational practices, and building a framework for student success, the Office supports students on both the academic and non-academic fronts to impact and inform each other.