Washington University's 11,967 full-time students represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. There are also nearly 2,100 part-time students. Students and faculty come from more than 100 countries around the world. Approximately 90 percent of undergraduates come from outside Missouri; nearly 65 percent come from more than 500 miles away.

In fall 2011, of the entering Class of 2015:

  • About 50 percent of freshmen are men; 50 percent women; nearly 40 percent are multicultural or international students.
  • 1,488 freshmen were selected from 28,823 applicants.

Through classes, co-curricular organizations and area agencies, Washington University students volunteer for tutoring and a variety of other community outreach programs.

Student achievements

Students have been recognized for achievements in areas as diverse as genetic engineering and fashion design, and have received such prestigious graduate study awards as one Rhodes Scholarship in 2010, as well as Fulbright, Marshall, Beinecke and Truman Scholarships, and Goldwater, Mellon, Putnam, National Science Foundation, National Graduate and Howard Hughes Fellowships for undergraduate research.

Student involvement and leadership

Students may choose among 300 organizations, including fraternities and sororities, sports clubs, preprofessional organizations, programming boards, student government associations and special-interest groups. Student Union, the undergraduate student governing body, and Congress of the South 40 and the North Side Association, which govern the residence halls, join the five undergraduate school councils in working closely with administrators and faculty to develop a strong sense of community on campus and to further develop their leadership skills. The staff of Student Involvement and Leadership is available to assist students in discovering involvement and leadership opportunities on campus.

Student housing

Washington University's 31 on-campus residential buildings offer single, double and triple rooms; suites; apartment-style units; and several computing facilities. Student rooms have in-room cable TV connections, as well as wired and wireless computer network access. The South 40 has dining areas, a gift store, food mart, lounges, game and meeting rooms, and student-run businesses. The northwest area of campus is home to The Village, which includes suites, an eatery, classrooms and meeting spaces. Village East and Millbrook Apartments are also located on this part of campus. The Office of Residential Life also oversees a few off-campus apartment communities housing upper-class students.

Finding the best undergraduate students

Alumni, parents and friends of the University often help identify high school students who would benefit from a Washington University education. Please refer names and addresses of talented prospective students to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1089
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Telephone (314) 935-6000 or toll-free 1-800-638-0700.
Fax (314) 935-4290.

More than 2,200 volunteers in the Alumni and Parents Admission Program (APAP) in 75 worldwide committees play an integral role in undergraduate admissions by interviewing applicants and staffing college fairs. For more information, contact the APAP, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1028, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899. Telephone (314) 935-4826 or toll-free 1-800-935-4826. E-mail:

Enrollment (By school, fall 2012)


Architecture 168
Art 294
Arts & Sciences 3,980
Business 762
Engineering 1,279
Part-time and other 820

Graduate and Professional

Architecture 296
Art 50
Arts & Sciences 1,867
Business 1,162
Engineering 393
Law 879
Medicine 1,256
Social Work 567
Other programs 344
Total enrollment 14,117
Summer School 2012 3,953

Degrees awarded (2011-2012)

Associates 7
Bachelors 1,664
Masters 1,493
Doctoral 779
Au.D. 10
Ph.D. 244
J.D. 290
M.D. 127
D.Sc. 5
D.O.T. 14
D.P.T. 87
J.S.D. 2
Total degrees awarded 3,943
Certificates 99

Freshman admissions (By school, fall 2011)

  Applied Enrolled
Architecture 593 40
Art 829 66
Arts & Sciences 18,079 942
Business 4,160 168
Engineering 5,162 272
Total 28,823 1,488