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Washington University in St. Louis

A medium-sized, independent university located in the nation’s center, Washington University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society.

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


#1 in social work
U.S. News & World Report, 2012

#2 best college dorms
The Princeton Review, 2015

#5 best undergraduate business schools
Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014

#6 in comprehensive medical schools
U.S. News & World Report, 2015

#7 best value private colleges
The Princeton Review, 2012

#8 top 50 schools for entrepreneurs
The Princeton Review, 2013

#9 best architecture schools
Architectural Record, 2011

#10 in graduation and retention
U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2015

#11 best quality of life
The Princeton Review, 2015

#14 in overall undergraduate programs
U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2015

View a full listing of the university’s rankings at

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Gerald Early

8:1 Student to faculty ratio

Number of faculty by school, fall 2014
Architecture 78
Art 62
Arts & Sciences 706
Business 120
Dental 1
Engineering 220
Law 126
Medicine 2,070
Social Work/Public Health 117
University College 119
Total 3,619
Sampling of faculty honors
Pulitzer Prize 3
Poet Laureate of the United States 2
American Academy of Arts and Sciences 50
National Academy of Sciences 45
American Law Institute 18
National Medal of Science 16

Nobel Laureates
25 Nobel Laureates affiliated with Washington University

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Enrollment by school, fall 2014


enrollment chart - undergraduates

  • Arts & Sciences: 3,967
  • Engineering: 1,316
  • Business: 932
  • Part-time and other: 753
  • Art: 284
  • Architecture: 187

Graduate and Professional*

enrollment chart - graduate and professionals

  • Medicine: 1,928
  • Business: 1,226
  • Law: 836
  • Arts & Sciences: 840
  • Engineering: 902
  • Social Work & Public Health: 701
  • Architecture: 322
  • Art: 51
  • Other: 153

*Graduate and professional enrollment data are not unduplicated headcounts

Full-time students in 2014-15

Nearly 2,000
Part-time students in 2014-15

Total Enrollment: 14,503

Summer School 2014: 4,345

Students come from over 80 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 320 undergraduate student groups and more than 150 graduate student groups in 2014-15

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3 of 4 students pursue multiple majors and/or minors

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About 40% of students study abroad

Undergraduate educational costs 2015-16

Basic undergraduate tuition: $47,300

Student activity fee: $473

Student health and wellness fee: $320

Average undergraduate room and board: $15,280

Degrees awarded in 2014-15

  • Associate: 3
  • Bachelor: 1,629
  • Master: 1,754
  • Doctor: 750
    • AuD: 11
    • DLA: 1
    • PhD: 286
    • JD: 225
    • MD: 124
    • DSc: 1
    • DOT: 27
    • DPT: 71
    • JSD: 4
  • TOTAL: 4,136

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Mascot: Bears
Colors: Red and Green
NCAA Division III titles: 19
University Athletic Association titles: 176
Academic All-Americans: 125
Varsity sports: 19 (9 men’s and 10 women’s)
Sport Clubs: 39

About 75% of undergraduates participate
in intramural sports, in more than 25 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, Washington University takes its responsibility seriously. Through innovative research, the university is 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

research student

$531.8 million
Total research support in fiscal year 2014

$393.3 million
Federal research support in fiscal year 2014

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

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Advancing Human Health

third-year medical student, Ari Berlin and faculty member, Andrew White consult african-american girl patient

Washington University Physicians

1,324 full-time faculty at the School of Medicine representing more than 75 specialities provided clinical care to more than 469,220 children and adults at 49 clinical sites through Washington University Physicians, one of the five largest academic clinical practices in the nation, in fiscal year 2014.

Washington University Medical Center Corporate Partners

986,714 outpatient visits to Washington University Physicians in 2013.

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 schools of Washington University 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.

1,573 beds in the Washington University Medical Center

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Global Leadership

Washington University’s overarching goal is to enhance our leadership today to benefit America and the world tomorrow. We will achieve this goal by focusing on the key issues facing a global society, leading to a better quality of life for all.

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A select group of 28 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 Advanced Renewable Energy 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

3rd ranking among largest employers in St. Louis – St. Louis Business Journal Book of Lists 2014

13,389 Total employees in fiscal year 2014

Washington University students from outside the St. Louis region boost the local economy an estimated $149 million

$247 Million Total amount of goods and services purchased locally in fiscal year 2014

$176 Million Total payments to local construction vendors in fiscal year 2014

26.4% of Washington University’s 135,175 alumni live and work in the St. Louis area

Community Connections

Contributing to the region’s culture and education

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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
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Institute for School Partnership, helping to improve K-12 teaching and learning
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Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River
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Assembly Series of lectures, connecting the community to contemporary thought leaders

Fostering a growing entrepreneurial spirit

  • Executive education
  • Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Emerging Technologies
  • Center for the Application of Information Technology

Making a difference in the community

According to the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Washington University volunteers more than 7 million person hours to the community each year.

Close to 600 university/community partnerships are sustained each year.

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

  • 54% of freshmen
  • 69% of sophomores
  • 71% of juniors
  • 73% of seniors

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, 2014)

  • Revenues $2,472,088,000
  • Expenses $2,382,434,000
  • Physical Plant Investment $2,009,225,000
  • Endowment (Market Value) $6,719,449,000

Endowment spending as percentage of revenues in fiscal year 2014

10% Endowment spending

90% All other revenues


chart - 2014 revenues

  • Patient/hospital revenues: $992,705,000
  • Grants & contracts: $474,614,000
  • Tuition & fees: $339,760,000
  • Endowment spending: $247,509,000
  • Other revenue: $169,185,000
  • Unendowed gifts: $155,560,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $92,755,000

TOTAL: $2,472,088,000


chart - 2014 expenses

  • Instruction: $1,446,087,000
  • Research: $447,065,000
  • Academic support: $161,284,000
  • Institutional support: $122,968,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $101,880,000
  • Student services: $76,077,000
  • Other deductions: $27,073,000

TOTAL: $2,382,434,000

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Alumni & Friend Support

chart - Alumni and friends support

  • Alumni: $93.9 million
  • Foundations: $85.7 million
  • Corporations: $20.4 million
  • Friends (including bequests): $54.1 million
  • Parents: $5.3 million
  • Other (including agencies and groups): $16.1 million

Voluntary gift support in fiscal year 2014

  • Total voluntary gift support: $275.4 million
  • Total Annual Fund gift support: $25.3 million
  • Total donors: 61,054
  • Total alumni donors: 29,481
  • Alumni participation rate: 27.6%

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