Washington University in St Louis

One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899

School Details

Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university located on a 2,312 acre suburban campus in St. Louis, Missouri.  WUSTL was founded in 1853 by business, political and religious leaders in St. Louis that were concerned by the lack of higher learning institutions in the Midwest.

WUSTL is comprised of the North, South, West, Danforth, and Medical campuses, and the Tyson Research Center.  The Danforth Campus is the universities main campus and is located on a 169 acre site.  This campus consists of academic buildings, athletic buildings and 40 residence halls.  The Medical Campus is situated on 164 acres, and spreads over approximately 12 city blocks.  The School of Medicine and associated hospitals and institutes of the Washington University Medical Center are located on the Medical Center Campus.  The School of Medicine offers a supportive environment for students to acquire a scientific foundation and to develop the necessary attitudes and commitments that are needed to practice at the highest level.  The Washington University School of Medicine works toward advancing human health by providing outstanding clinical care, innovative research, and educating future leaders in biomedicine.  The Tyson Research Center, a 2,000 acre field center located west of St. Louis is used by the school as a research/education center and biological field station.

Approximately 6,000 full time undergraduate students, 6,000 graduate students and 1,000 non traditional and weekend students are enrolled at WUSTL. Over 90 programs and approximately 1,500 courses lead to bachelor, master and doctoral degrees are offered.  The school consists of seven undergraduate and graduate schools, which are the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Law, College of Art, School of Medicine, College of Architecture, Olin Business School, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, University College, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.  The student to faculty ratio at WUSTL is 7:1, and the schools most popular academic majors are social sciences, engineering, pre-medicine / pre medical studies, business, and biological and biomedical sciences.  WUSTL is highly selective in regards to admission, and only accepts 16.5 percent of applicants.

WUSTL is a research institution that provides a unique academic environment for undergraduate students to learn and grow.  WUSTL is one of the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and attracts students from all 50 states, and over 120 countries. A flexible curriculum and opportunities for learning inspire undergraduate students to explore their existing interests and develop new ones.  Students are encouraged to participate in internships, study abroad programs, and research and scholarship opportunities, and students have the option of joining over 300 clubs and organizations.  WUSTL is committed to helping students identify and pursue their passion.

WUSTL’s mission is to promote learning by both students and faculty, to transmit knowledge, and to create new knowledge through research.  The faculty at WUSTL consists of scholars, scientists, and members of the learned professions that serve society through teaching, adding wisdom, understanding and creativity to the store of human art, and by providing direct services.  The goals of the university include fostering excellence in service, preparing students with skills, habits and attitudes that are needed for lifelong learning , equipping them with leadership skills that will allows them to be socially responsible citizens.  WUSTL judges itself by the most demanding standards, attracts students from all types of backgrounds, encourages students and faculty to be dynamic, creative, independent thinkers, and provides an infrastructure that supports teaching, research, scholarship and service.

WUSTL is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and each of the universities six schools is accredited by their schools professional organization.

Undergraduate tuition is $42,500 and the total cost of attendance, including room, board and fees is $56,823.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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