University Facts

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The information on this page is updated once annually and may not represent the most recent data.

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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.

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  • Founded: 1853
  • Chancellor: Andrew D. Martin, 2019–Present
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Motto: Per Veritatem Vis (Strength Through Truth)

Academic Divisions

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7:1 Student to faculty ratio

Number of faculty by school
Arts & Sciences 683
Business 146
Design & Visual Arts 97
Engineering 229
Law 131
Medicine 2,629
Other 18
Social Work/Public Health 122
University College 96
Total 4,151
Sampling of faculty honors
Pulitzer Prize 4
Poet Laureate of the United States 3
American Academy of Arts and Sciences 63
National Academy of Sciences 58
American Law Institute 31
National Medal of Science 10

Nobel Laureates
25 Nobel Laureates affiliated with Washington University

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Enrollment by school

The information below was published in the most recent version of the FACTS brochure. For the most up to date numbers, visit the Office of the University Registrar.


  • Architecture: 205
  • Business: 844
  • Art: 299
  • Arts & Sciences: 4,301
  • Engineering: 1,416
  • Part-time and other: 601

Graduate and Professional

  • Architecture: 225
  • Art: 41
  • Arts & Sciences: 2,022
  • Business: 1,376
  • Engineering: 897
  • Law: 1,256
  • Medicine: 1,285
  • Social Work & Public Health: 510
  • Other: 261

Full-time students in 2020-21

Part-time students in 2020-21

Total Enrollment: 15,539

Students come from more than 100 countries and all 50 states + the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Northern Marian Islands.

90% of undergraduates are from out of state and nearly 65% come from more than 500 miles away.

About 380 undergraduate student groups and more than 150 graduate student groups

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80% of undergraduate students pursue multiple majors and/or minors

icon - 40% study abroad

About 1 in 3 undergraduate students study abroad

Undergraduate educational costs 2020-21

  • Basic undergraduate tuition: $56,300
  • Student activity fee: $562
  • Student health and wellness fee: $524
  • Average undergraduate room and board: $17,402

Degrees awarded in 2020-21

  • Associate: 14
  • Bachelor: 1,889
  • Master: 2,226
  • Doctor: 742
    • AuD: 13
    • DBA: 3
    • PhD: 250
    • JD: 243
    • MD: 105
    • ODT: 36
    • DPT: 82
    • JSD: 6
    • DSU: 1
    • DLA: 3
  • TOTAL: 4,871

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WashU cheerleaders

Mascot: Bears
Colors: Red and Green
NCAA Division III titles: 23
University Athletic Association titles: 254
Academic All-Americans: 194
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

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$879.3 million
Total research support in fiscal year 2021

$627.9 million
Federal research support in fiscal year 2021

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

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Advancing Human Health

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Washington University Physicians

1,685 university-employed physicians at the School of Medicine representing 76 specialties provided clinical care to 60 clinical sites through Washington University Physicians, one of the largest academic clinical practices in the nation.

Washington University Medical Center Corporate Partners

1,266,770 outpatient visits to Washington University Physicians

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.

2,040 beds in the Washington University Medical Center

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Community Cornerstone

2nd ranking among largest employers in St. Louis – St. Louis Business Journal Book of Lists

19,646 Total employees

Our students from outside the St. Louis region boost the local economy an estimated $181 million

$296 Million Total amount of goods and services purchased locally

$225 Million Total payments to local construction vendors

23.9% of our 156,243 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
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Continuing education and professional education opportunities through evening, weekend and summer offerings
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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

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.

About 60% of undergraduate students participate in community service.

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, 2021)

  • Revenues $3,837,657,000
  • Expenses $3,663,144,000
  • Physical Plant Investment $3,017,355,000
  • Endowment (Market Value) $13.7 Billion

Endowment spending as percentage of revenues in fiscal year 2018

10% Endowment spending

90% All other revenues


2021 fiscal year revenue; university facts

  • Patient/hospital revenues: $1,629,022,000
  • Grants & contracts: $660,686,000
  • Tuition & fees: $451,500,000
  • Endowment spending: $361,872,000
  • Other revenue: $299,500,000
  • Unendowed gifts: $244,688,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $102,434,000

TOTAL: $3,837,657,000


2021 fiscal year expenses; university facts

  • Instruction: $2,397,869,000
  • Research: $612,304,000
  • Academic support: $227,173,000
  • Institutional support: $154,832,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $146,022,000
  • Student services: $96,189,000
  • Other deductions: $37,412,000

TOTAL: $3,663,144,000

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Alumni & Friend Support

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Voluntary gift support in fiscal year 2021

  • Total gifts and grants: $292.8 million

pie chart of voluntary gift support 2021; university facts

  • Alumni: $86.7 million
  • Friends (including bequests): $41.1 million
  • Foundations: $101.1 million
  • Corporations: $27.0 million
  • Other (including agencies and groups): $21.0 million
  • Parents: $15.9 million

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