Washington University in St. Louis is a place where people matter and serious work is done.

Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and to protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching and learning.


We Are a Community

We will challenge you to realize your potential. We inspire and support each other with a view toward both individual and collective success. We are a community of individuals with inner fire and quiet confidence, inspired to work together to develop big ideas and tackle challenging problems.


We Are Driven

Our mission drives who we are as a university. As we accept the challenge of our mission’s goals of inclusion and excellence, we are always evolving to meet the needs of our current and prospective students as well as our alumni, faculty and staff. We focus on strategic priorities that produce the most impact toward our goal of enhancing the lives of our students, our community and our world.


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We Are Personal

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Our campuses demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive community that is welcoming, nurturing and intellectually rigorous. Throughout Washington University’s history we have set our sights high and judged ourselves by the most exacting standards. With a view toward individual and collective success, our mission moves us to inspire and support one another.


Together, We Lead

Watch our mission in action through the stories in our publications and in the ways our leadership builds partnerships and strengthens our community. See the results of our efforts and self-measurement in our annual report and audited financial statements.

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Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University is a united effort by the university community to fulfill our goals and enhance our contributions to society.

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