Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Get to know WashU

School Profile

Urban campus setting

7,401 undergraduate students

7,184 graduate students

Nearly 90% of undergraduates are from outside of Missouri

Students hail from 54 U.S. states and territories and 100+ countries


12% applicants admitted

SAT Middle 50%: 1500-1540

ACT Middle 50%: 33-34


100+ fields of study, a variety of academic programs, and 2,000+ courses 

80% of students pursue multiple majors and/or minors 

Student-to-faculty ratio 7:1

Average class size is 15

Introduction to WashU

Located in the heart of St. Louis, Washington University has a reputation as a premier university. They provide a challenging and supportive environment to ensure students graduate with the tools to shape their future.

WashU offers rigorous courses taught by faculty at the top of their fields. But they believe there’s more to the college experience than academic excellence. WashU's faculty and students create a community of achievers built around nurturing each individual, helping one another succeed, and working together for a brighter future. Over 60% of undergraduate students participate in research alongside faculty who are leaders in their fields. Twice a year, the Office of Undergraduate Research presents the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This is a forum for students to present their research findings and a celebration of the diversity of research that takes place at WashU. 

The university has undergraduate programs in five schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, McKelvey School of Engineering, and College of Architecture and College of Art—both housed within the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. You can choose from more than 100 fields of study and more than 2,000 courses. Whether you are exploring outside the classroom, participating in one of 450+ student-led clubs and organizations, conducting hands-on research with world-renowned faculty, or landing an internship that propels you down your eventual career path: WashU is here to support you.

Fun Fact: WashU has hosted five presidential and vice presidential debates. That's more than any other institution in history.

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement cultivates informed and actively engaged citizens. Community service is a natural part of life at WashU, with approximately 60% of students engaging in a wide range of service projects. 

You are encouraged to infuse global experiences into all aspects of your education. About 30% of WashU undergraduates across all divisions learn through study abroad opportunities and internships in more than 50 countries each year.

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