Washington University in St Louis, MO

Research Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Learn about its admissions info, degree programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) was founded in 1853 in St. Louis, Missouri. WUSTL has employed several award-winning faculty members, including 23 Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, two National Book Award winners, and four MacArthur Prize Fellowship recipients. U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 14th among national universities for 2013. The school's graduate programs in business and law were ranked 22nd and 23rd, respectively, in 2012.


Washington University in St. Louis offers roughly 90 undergraduate programs, as well as 19 master's programs and 50 doctoral programs. The school operates seven colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, and the Olin Business School. In 2010, psychology, economics, and biology were the top undergraduate majors.

Undergraduate students can participate in any of the more than 100 study abroad programs offered in more than 50 countries. The university also has an Army ROTC program, and program graduates earn the second lieutenant designation in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.


To apply to WUSTL, you can submit the common or universal college application by mail or online. The regular admission deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Prospective freshman students must submit official high school transcripts, a financial aid application, SAT or ACT scores, a teacher evaluation, a mid-year report from a college counselor, and essays.

Applications for transfer students are due by March 15 for the Fall semester. Decision notifications are sent out approximately six weeks after the university receives all application materials, starting after February 1. Transfer applicants need to provide high school and college transcripts, a financial aid application, a college instructor evaluation and college report, essays, and SAT or ACT scores.

Prospective graduate students may apply online and should be prepared to submit departmental applications. A bachelor's degree is required for admission to all graduate programs. Additional requirements vary for each department but may include GRE scores, essays, and recommendation letters.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $42,500. Students are also charged a student activity fee and a student health fee totaling $1,205 per year; the average annual cost of room and board is roughly $13,118. Graduate tuition varies by program; prospective students should consult departmental websites for program tuition and fees.

Undergraduate financial aid options may include grants, university or outside scholarships, university student employment, federal work-study funding, and federal student loans. Graduate student funding options are dependent upon the graduate program. Aid options for graduate students include university scholarships, travel and research grants, fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, external scholarships and awards, and federal student loans.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 7,239 undergraduate students, 6,669 graduate students (Fall 2011)*
Student Housing Residence halls and off-campus, university-owned apartments are available to students
All freshman students are required to live on campus (unless their parents live within 25 miles of the school)**
Schools and Programs Seven schools and colleges offering roughly 90 bachelor's, 19 master's, and 50 doctoral and professional degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 7 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (129)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (372)
Doctorate: Law (320)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 84% in four years
93% in six years
93% in eight years (for students who began in Fall 2003)*
Admission Rate 17% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 1,500 as of 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 97% for full-time students, 88% for part-time students (for students who started in Fall 2010 and returned in Fall 2011)*
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 32-34 in Fall 2011*
Application Due Date November 15 for early decision
January 15 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date December 15 for early decision
April 1 for regular decision**
Tuition 2012-2013 base undergraduate tuition rate: $42,500**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011 (full-time beginning undergraduates):
Federal grants (9%)
State and local grants (6%)
Institutional grants and scholarships (45%)
Federal student loans (24%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 56% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Washington University in St. Louis, ***The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130
  • Phone: (314) 935-6000
  • Website:

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