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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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 7,540
   Women 4,022 (53.3%)
   Men 3,518 (46.7%)
Graduate Students 7,492
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 17% of 29,197 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 2
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 744 average
710-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 727 average
690-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 33 average
32-34 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $69,754
  Tuition and Fees $49,770
  Room and Board $15,596
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $46,548
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 915
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
St. Louis Population 318,172
Nearest Metropolitan Area St. Louis
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 78% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Bear
Sororities 30% of women participate
Fraternities 30% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.6% Asian
7.7% Black/African-American
8.1% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.7% White
2.1% Unknown
International Students 7.1% from 48 countries
First-Year Students Returning 96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 88.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 23.0%