Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Wash U

#12 National Colleges

13.85% Admission Rate
Very Selective

7,404 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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Washington University in St. Louis (WashU, or WUSTL) is a private research university in Greater St. Louis with its main campus (Danforth) mostly in unincorporated St. Louis County, Missouri, and Clayton, Missouri. It also has a West Campus in Clayton, North Campus in the West End neighborhood of St. Louis, and Medical Campus in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. It is often ranked as one of the most prestigious universities in the world by major education publications.

Founded in 1853 and named after George Washington, the university has students and faculty from all 50 U.S. states and more than 120 countries. Washington University is composed of seven graduate and undergraduate schools that encompass a broad range of academic fields. To prevent confusion over its location, the Board of Trustees added the phrase "in St. Louis" in 1976. Washington University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".As of 2020, 25 Nobel laureates in economics, physiology and medicine, chemistry, and physics have been affiliated with Washington University, ten having done the major part of their pioneering research at the university. In 2019, Clarivate Analytics ranked Washington University 7th in the world for most cited researchers. The university also received the 4th highest amount of NIH medical research grants among medical schools in 2019.

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Saint Louis, Missouri

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Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)

Plains (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 14.1%
Engineering 13.6%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 11.8%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11.3%
Psychology 8.3%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 7.5%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 7.4%
Visual And Performing Arts 5.8%
Physical Sciences 4.5%
Mathematics And Statistics 3.6%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 1.9%
Architecture And Related Services 1.9%
History 1.8%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.6%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.5%
Natural Resources And Conservation 1.2%
Health Professions And Related Programs 0.9%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.8%
Education 0.6%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 0.2%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1520 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 800 780 760
Verbal 760 740 720

ACT Scores

34 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 35 33 30
English 35 35 34