University Facts

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Rankings  |  Faculty  |  Students  |  Athletics  |  Research  |  Advancing Human Health  |  Global Leadership  |  Community Cornerstone  |  Community Connections  |  Financial Highlights  |  Alumni & Friend Support

Washington University in St. Louis

We are among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care, and service to society. We are committed to learning and exploration, to discovery and impact. Together, we explore our intellectual passions and challenge the unknown.

View of Brookings Hall at dusk
  • Founded: 1853
  • Chancellor: Mark S. Wrighton, 1995–Present
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Motto: Per Veritatem Vis (Strength Through Truth)


#1 best college dorms
The Princeton Review, 2017

#2 in social work
U.S. News & World Report, 2017

#5 best-run colleges
The Princeton Review, 2017

#6 financial resources
U.S. News & World Report, 2016

#7 in research medical schools
U.S. News & World Report, 2017

#9 best campus food
The Princeton Review, 2017

#10 top 25 schools for entrepreneurs
The Princeton Review, 2017

#11 best architecture schools
Architectural Record, 2015

#11 in graduation and retention
U.S. News & World Report, 2016-17

#15 best quality of life
The Princeton Review, 2017

#19 in overall undergraduate programs
U.S. News & World Report, 2016-17

View a full listing of the university’s rankings at

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8:1 Student to faculty ratio

Number of faculty by school, fall 2016
Arts & Sciences 695
Business 122
Design & Visual Arts 140
Engineering 242
Law 124
Medicine 2,159
Other 26
Social Work/Public Health 145
University College 106
Total 3,759
Sampling of faculty honors
Pulitzer Prize 9
Poet Laureate of the United States 4
American Academy of Arts and Sciences 66
National Academy of Sciences 53
American Law Institute 38
National Medal of Science 15

Nobel Laureates
24 Nobel Laureates affiliated with Washington University

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Enrollment by schoolspring 2017


nrollment chart - undergraduates

  • Architecture: 178
  • Art: 298
  • Arts & Sciences: 4,075
  • Engineering: 1,249
  • Part-time and other: 639

Graduate and Professional*

enrollment chart - graduates

  • Architecture: 265
  • Art: 45
  • Arts & Sciences: 1,791
  • Business: 742
  • Engineering: 593
  • Law: 1,077
  • Medicine: 1,180
  • Social Work & Public Health: 541
  • Other: 775

*Graduate and professional enrollment data are not unduplicated headcounts

Full-time students in 2016-17

Part-time students in 2016-17

Total Enrollment: 14,385

Summer School 2016: 3,671

Students come from about 90 countries and all 50 states + the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Over 90% of our undergraduate students are from out of state and nearly 65% are from more than 500 miles away.

About 380 undergraduate student groups and more than 150 graduate student groups in 2016-17

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80% of students pursue multiple majors and/or minors

icon - 40% study abroad

About 1 in 3 of students study abroad

Undergraduate educational costs 2017-18

  • Basic undergraduate tuition: $50,650
  • Student activity fee: $508
  • Student health and wellness fee: $375
  • Average undergraduate room and board: $16,006

Degrees awarded in 2016-17

  • Associate: 14
  • Bachelor: 1,725
  • Master: 1,966
  • Doctor: 785
    • AuD: 14
    • DBA: 2
    • PhD: 282
    • JD: 249
    • MD: 135
    • DOT: 22
    • DPT: 77
    • JSD: 4
  • TOTAL: 4,490

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WashU cheerleaders

Mascot: Bears
Colors: Red and Green
NCAA Division III titles: 22
University Athletic Association titles: 197
Academic All-Americans: 156
Varsity sports: 19 (9 men’s and 10 women’s)
Sport Clubs: 41

About 75% of undergraduates participate
in intramural sports, in more than 30 all-male, all-female and coed teams

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Positioned to meet national and global imperatives in energy, environment security, health and economic prosperity, we take our responsibility seriously. Through innovative research, we are committed to creating the new knowledge necessary to achieve a bright and sustainable future.

Areas of Focus

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Medical research to translate basic science discoveries into solutions for the world’s biggest health problems
environmental and energy research
Environmental and energy research to discover innovations that can reduce greenhouse emissions and slow global warming
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Innovation and entrepreneurial research to create intellectual property and advance research for the greatest public good
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Plant science research, conducted in collaboration with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, to help the world feed its people

female research student in a lab

$645.6 million
Total research support in fiscal year 2016

$463.6 million
Federal research support in fiscal year 2016

More than 3,000 research projects
under way each year.

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Advancing Human Health

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Washington University Physicians

1,361 university-employed physicians at the School of Medicine representing 76 specialties provided clinical care to 47 clinical sites through Washington University Physicians, one of the largest academic clinical practices in the nation, in fiscal year 2016.

Washington University Medical Center Corporate Partners

1,082,665 outpatient visits to Washington University Physicians in 2016

Student-organized clinics, established by medical students and staffed by students and faculty, provide free medical care to needy people in the St. Louis community.

Health Outreach Program

  • screenings
  • patient navigation
  • nutrition

Institute for Public Health

Institute for Public Health works as a connector, convener, and catalyst across all seven of our schools to tackle regional and global public health challenges. It bridges disciplines to stimulate innovation and improve population health by advancing research, practice, training, education, community partnerships, and public policy.

1,645 beds in the Washington University Medical Center

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Global Leadership

We focus on key issues facing a global society, leading to a better quality of life for all.

A select group of 33 research universities around the world partner with Washington University, sharing the same commitment to excellence in research and to the importance of international collaboration, through the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. Future global leaders from partner institutions are mentored at the university as they pursue graduate and professional degrees. In addition, the academy fosters collaborative research and educational efforts on key issues:

  • energy and sustainability
  • international understanding
  • public health


International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability collaborates with institutional, regional, and international partners across disciplines to foster targeted research:

  • exploring sustainable alternative energy
  • developing and producing biofuels
  • exploring environmental systems and practices
  • mitigating CO2 accumulation
  • improving combustion processes
  • reducing emissions

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Community Cornerstone

4th ranking among largest employers in St. Louis – St. Louis Business Journal Book of Lists 2016

14,582 Total employees in fiscal year 2016

Our students from outside the St. Louis region boost the local economy an estimated $142.5 million

$261 Million Total amount of goods and services purchased locally in fiscal year 2016

$242 Million Total payments to local construction vendors in fiscal year 2016

25.7% of our 140,188 alumni live and work in the St. Louis area

Community Connections

Contributing to the region’s culture and education

icon - University Libraries
University Libraries consisting of 12 libraries that form a comprehensive research and teaching library system
icon - Continued Education
Continuing education and professional education opportunities through evening, weekend and summer offerings
icon Edison Theatre
Edison Theatre presenting professional performing artists plus providing a teaching facility for the university’s performing arts students
icon - Institute for School Partnerships
Institute for School Partnership, helping to improve K-12 teaching and learning
icon - Kemper Art Museum
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River
icon - Assembly Series lectures
Assembly Series of lectures, connecting the community to contemporary thought leaders

Visit to see how we are fostering a growing entrepreneurial spirit

A hub of innovation, we inspire entrepreneurial efforts. We provide the infrastructure, educational programs, and research support to tap the entrepreneurial spirit of our faculty and students.

Making a difference in the community

According to the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Washington University volunteers more than 7 million person hours to the community each year.

Approximately 600 university/community partnerships are sustained each year.

The Pipeline supports K-12 education in St. Louis by improving local schools, supporting educators and mentoring young students.

67% of undergraduate students participate in community service — 23% during all four years

Graduate and professional students support community organizations through practica and clinics connected to their degree programs, including law, social work, medicine and physical therapy. They receive practical hands-on learning while simultaneously increasing the capacity of local, national and international organizations.

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Financial Highlights

Financial Overview

(June 30, 2017)

  • Revenues $3,068,355,000
  • Expenses $2,893,413,000
  • Physical Plant Investment $2,331,063,000
  • Endowment (Market Value) $7,214,958,000

Endowment spending as percentage of revenues in fiscal year 2017

10% Endowment spending

90% All other revenues


chart - 2017 revenues

  • Patient/hospital revenues: $1,311,425,000
  • Grants & contracts: $553,618,000
  • Tuition & fees: $393,487,000
  • Endowment spending: $305,590,000
  • Other revenue: $205,167,000
  • Unendowed gifts: $183,300,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $115,768,000

TOTAL: $3,068,355,000


chart - 2017 expenses

  • Instruction: $1,812,306,000
  • Research: $507,786,000
  • Academic support: $185,692,000
  • Institutional support: $146,386,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $115,088,000
  • Student services: $88,918,000
  • Other deductions: $37,237,000

TOTAL: $2,893,413,000

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Alumni & Friend Support

students walking on campus

Voluntary gift support in fiscal year 2016

  • Total voluntary gift support: $271.3 million
  • Total Annual Fund gift support: $28.4 million
  • Total donors: 62,294
  • Total alumni donors: 30,653
  • Alumni participation rate: 28.3%

chart - Alumni and Friends support

  • Alumni: $67 million
  • Friends (including bequests): $73 million
  • Foundations: $57.3 million
  • Corporations: $41.1 million
  • Other (including agencies and groups): $17.1 million
  • Parents: $15.8 million

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