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Washington University in St Louis Overview

Washington University in St Louis is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Saint Louis is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Washington University in St Louis Known For?

7,074 Full-Time Undergraduates
$27,427 Avg Cost After Aid
16% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at WUSTL may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 8 to 1.
  • Students at WUSTL have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at WUSTL.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, WUSTL bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $70,100 a year. That's about 72% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average WUSTL student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Washington University in St Louis Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, WUSTL is ranked #27 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. WUSTL also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that WUSTL has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for WUSTL

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 20
Best Colleges for International Students 22
Best Colleges 27
Best Colleges for Veterans 711
Best Colleges for the Money 773

Where Is Washington University in St Louis?

Location of Washington University in St Louis

Contact details for WUSTL are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: 314-935-5000
Website: www.wustl.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wustl/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wustl

How Do I Get Into WUSTL?

You can apply to WUSTL online at: admissions.wustl.edu

Admission Requirements for WUSTL

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WUSTL?

16% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
22% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at WUSTL is 16%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 16%, and the acceptance rate for women is 16%.

Average Test Scores

About 22% of students accepted to WUSTL submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 720 and 770. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 720 to 770 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 750 to 800 )
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800
WUSTL received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 33 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 31 to 35 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 32 to 34 )
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36

Can I Afford Washington University in St Louis?

$27,427 Net Price
19% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WUSTL is $27,427. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WUSTL

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,724 $6,194 $12,089 $23,806 $44,365

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WUSTL, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $5,835 a year. That adds up to $23,340 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WUSTL is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Washington University in St Louis Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,074 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,675 undergraduate students at WUSTL, with 7,074 being full-time and 601 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WUSTL

There are also 7,628 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,074 full-time undergraduates at WUSTL, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WUSTL

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Washington University in St Louis students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WUSTL Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,250
Black or African American 515
Hispanic or Latino 616
White 3,670
International Students 572
Other Races/Ethnicities 451

Geographic Diversity

Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at Washington University in St Louis. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 94 countries are represented at WUSTL. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at Washington University in St Louis

434 Took All Classes Online
638 Took At Least One Class Online
29.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 638 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WUSTL has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 33rd most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WUSTL

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Washington University in St Louis was 29.7%. This is the #704 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WUSTL regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WUSTL majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Legal Professions 14%
Legal Research 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WUSTL ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WUSTL.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Legal Research #5
Legal Professions #28

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Washington University in St Louis Majors

In 2017-2018, Washington University in St Louis awarded 4,840 undergraduate degrees and 5,966 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 22 65 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 13 2
Anthropology 0 117 5 4
Applied Mathematics 0 0 51 0
Archeology 0 3 0 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 25 75 0
Area Studies 0 23 9 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 53 19
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 34 0 6
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 7 5 4
Biomedical Engineering 0 69 23 18
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 1
Business Administration & Management 0 29 398 12
Business/Managerial Economics 0 71 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 18
Chemical Engineering 0 35 22 0
Chemistry 0 47 15 18
Child Development & Psychology 0 162 15 9
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 3 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 11 5 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 3 0 0
Cognitive Science 0 61 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 1 0 0
Communication Sciences 0 0 5 13
Computer Engineering 0 14 9 3
Computer Information Systems 0 0 3 0
Computer Science 0 166 70 10
Construction Engineering 0 0 11 0
Dance 0 0 2 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 51 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 10 4 0
East Asian Languages 0 12 2 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 28 0 4
Economics 0 112 20 9
Electrical Engineering 0 25 81 10
Engineering-Related Fields 0 12 20 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 22 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 29 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 17 1 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 148 143 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 37 20 2
General Architecture 0 10 0 0
General Biology 0 140 27 0
General Education 0 16 5 4
General English Literature 0 26 6 6
General Psychology 0 6 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 21
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 13 6 8
Germanic Languages 0 8 5 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 20 3 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 5 0 0
History 0 43 2 5
Human Resource Management 0 24 13 0
Information Technology 0 0 41 0
International Relations & National Security 0 2 4 0
International Studies 0 64 0 0
Journalism 0 1 0 0
Law 0 0 0 239
Legal Research 0 0 325 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 4 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 11 1 1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 78 0
Marketing 0 98 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 9 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 1 3
Mathematics 0 108 8 5
Mechanical Engineering 0 66 76 4
Medical Science 0 0 26 0
Medicine 0 0 0 127
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 3 0 14
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 2 0 0
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 0 0 0 5
Music 0 6 0 3
Natural Resource Management 0 12 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 16 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 24 0 15
Other Engineering 0 0 10 17
Other Health Professions 0 3 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 13 3 3 2
Other Public Administration 0 0 4 0
Philosophy 0 17 1 0
Physics 0 33 5 15
Political Science & Government 0 88 6 7
Public Health 0 0 84 0
Public Policy 0 0 6 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 1 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 88
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0
Romance Languages 0 42 2 3
Social Work 0 0 200 13
Sociology 0 10 0 0
Statistics 0 0 15 1
Sustainability Science 0 3 37 0
Systems Engineering 0 50 23 3
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 6 2 0
Urban Studies 0 6 0 0
Writing Studies 0 13 14 0
Total 26 4,814 4,394 1,572

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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