Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis, founded in 1853, is a private, comprehensive institution. One of the distinguishing features of the university is the ability to study across disciplines and take advantage of the variety of courses offered by a major research university. Students can major in one subject and minor in another, earn an undergraduate degree with two majors, earn two undergraduate degrees from two different schools within the university or earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in the same discipline. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Architecture, Art, Business Administration, and Engineering and Applied Science. Many say that the supportive atmosphere is unique, that faculty and students are friendly in a way that reflects the university's midwestern location. The combination of this atmosphere with the excellent and flexible academic program is why students choose Washington University. Its 169-acre main campus is located in St. Louis.

Website: www.wustl.edu/

Private
Co-ed
7,751
Undergraduate
Students
(53.4%) 4,140 Women
(46.6%) 3,611 Men
8,101
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
15% of 31,320 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 2

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
4.15
SAT Math
760-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
735 average
710-770 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
33 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$76,910
Tuition and Fees
$55,292
Room and Board
$16,900
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$51,067
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,555
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
984
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
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Campus Life

St. Louis Population
318,172
Nearest Metropolitan Area
St. Louis
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
74% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bear
Sororities
38% of women participate
Fraternities
26% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
17.8% Asian
9.7% Black/African-American
10.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.1% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students
7.1% from 50 countries
First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
87.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 2 4
History 2 4
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 2
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
One Brookings Drive
City, State, Zip
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone
(314) 935-6000
Fax
(314) 935-4290
E-mail
admissions@wustl.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 2
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1, January 2
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
Portfolio for the College of Art and the College of Architecture recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
15% of 31,320 applicants were admitted
Women
15% of 16,223 applicants were admitted
Men
15% of 15,097 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,879 (40%) of 4,708 admitted students enrolled
Women
998 (40%) of 2,495 admitted students enrolled
Men
917 (41%) of 2,213 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
42% of 1,840 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
31

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
4.15
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
760-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
93%
Score of 600 - 700
6%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
735 average
710-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
86%
Score of 600 - 700
14%
Score of 500 - 600
0%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
33 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
94%
Score of 24 - 29
6%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 80%
Top quarter: 97%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$76,910
Tuition and Fees
$55,292
Room and Board
$16,900
Books and Supplies
$1,126
Other Expenses
$3,592
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002520
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
902 (51.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
704 (79.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
693 (98.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
693 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$51,067
Need-Based Gift
Received by 673 (96.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $48,522
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 498 (74.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,597
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 59 (9.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
187 (9.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,585

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
3,292 (45.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,971 (90.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,943 (98.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,943 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$50,010
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,878 (98.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $47,335
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,000 (68.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,938
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 144 (5.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
441 (7.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,323

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
27%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,555
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
1.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans, Private student loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
648
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Creative Writing
Number of Awards
45
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,294
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Literature (United States)
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Archeology
  • Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Architectural Technology/Technician
  • Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
  • Architecture
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
  • Biophysics
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Literature
  • General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Illustration
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Modern Languages
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Photography
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Studies
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems Science and Theory
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Voice and Opera
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Engineering, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration, engineering, social work, art, occupational therapy, physical therapy
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
984
Part-Time Faculty
482
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
63%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 44% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 31% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,967,498
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
2500
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Arts, Master of Juridical Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Information Management, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Master of Science, Master of Construction Management, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Master of Control Engineering, Master of Project Management, Master of Accountancy, Master of System Integration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Management

Master's Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Law
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Juridical Science, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Business Administration

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • German
  • Human Genetics
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Law
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Romance Languages
  • Spanish

Location and Setting


St. Louis Population
318,172
Nearest Metropolitan Area
St. Louis
Campus Size
169 acres

Weather

Temperature
20.8 average low in January, 85.2 average high in September
Rain
111 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
6 mile(s) from campus in St. Louis
Nearest Train Station
6 mile(s) from campus in St. Louis

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing
Students in College Housing
74% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bear
School Colors
Red and green

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x      
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf    
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
archery, badminton, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, lacrosse, rock climbing, rowing, rugby, sailing, squash, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, weight lifting
Men's Club Sports
archery, badminton, bowling, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rock climbing, rowing, rugby, sailing, sand volleyball, softball, squash, table tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
archery, badminton, bowling, football, golf, racquetball, sand volleyball, softball, squash, table tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, campus kitchen, kwur - campus radio station, culinary arts, catholic student union, ashoka
Sororities
38% of women participate
Fraternities
26% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
7,751
Women
4,140 (53.4%)
Men
3,611 (46.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
7,146
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
17.8% Asian
9.7% Black/African-American
10.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.1% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students.
7.1% from 50 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
8,101

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
87.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
94.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 2%
Law 7%
Arts and Sciences 10%
Medicine 9%
Other 5%

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