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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Faculty

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7:1 Student to faculty ratio

Number of faculty by school, fall 2018
Arts & Sciences 713
Business 131
Design & Visual Arts 125
Engineering 246
Law 113
Medicine 2,401
Other 19
Social Work/Public Health 143
University College 96
Total 3,987
Sampling of faculty honors
Pulitzer Prize 4
Poet Laureate of the United States 3
American Academy of Arts and Sciences 62
National Academy of Sciences 55
American Law Institute 30
National Medal of Science 10

Nobel Laureates
24 Nobel Laureates affiliated with Washington University

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Students

Enrollment by schoolfall 2018

Undergraduate

enrollment chart - undergraduates

  • Architecture: 183
  • Business: 836
  • Art: 304
  • Arts & Sciences: 4,490
  • Engineering: 1,356
  • Part-time and other: 622

Graduate and Professional*

enrollment chart - graduates

  • Architecture: 293
  • Art: 33
  • Arts & Sciences: 1,958
  • Business: 1,498
  • Engineering: 890
  • Law: 1,291
  • Medicine: 1,266
  • Social Work & Public Health: 630
  • Other: 287

*Graduate and professional enrollment data are not unduplicated headcounts


14,532
Full-time students in 2018-19


1,405
Part-time students in 2018-19

Total Enrollment: 15,937

Summer School 2018: 3,893


Students come from more than 100 countries and all 50 states + the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin 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 2019-20

  • Basic undergraduate tuition: $54,000
  • Student activity fee: $524
  • Student health and wellness fee: $500
  • Average undergraduate room and board: $16,900

Degrees awarded in 2018-19

  • Associate: 13
  • Bachelor: 1,823
  • Master: 2,193
  • Doctor: 781
    • AuD: 12
    • DBA: 2
    • PhD: 287
    • JD: 234
    • MD: 127
    • ODT: 19
    • DPT: 87
    • JSD: 12
    • DSc: 1
  • TOTAL: 4,810

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Athletics

WashU cheerleaders

Mascot: Bears
Colors: Red and Green
NCAA Division III titles: 23
University Athletic Association titles: 249
Academic All-Americans: 179
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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Research

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


$790.6 million
Total research support in fiscal year 2019


$574.1 million
Federal research support in fiscal year 2019


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

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Advancing Human Health

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Washington University Physicians

1,593 university-employed physicians at the School of Medicine representing 76 specialties provided clinical care to 49 clinical sites through Washington University Physicians, one of the largest academic clinical practices in the nation.

Washington University Medical Center Corporate Partners


1,164,502 outpatient visits to Washington University Physicians in 2018

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.

1,776 beds in the Washington University Medical Center

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Community Cornerstone

3rd ranking among largest employers in St. Louis – St. Louis Business Journal Book of Lists 2018


15,500 Total employees


Our students from outside the St. Louis region boost the local economy an estimated $167 million


$289 Million Total amount of goods and services purchased locally


$229 Million Total payments to local construction vendors


24.7% of our 149,304 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
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
icon - Kemper Art Museum
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 fuse.wustl.edu 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, 2019)

  • Revenues $3,544,533,000
  • Expenses $3,355,735,000
  • Physical Plant Investment $2,736,428,000
  • Endowment (Market Value) $8,130,483,000

Endowment spending as percentage of revenues in fiscal year 2018

10% Endowment spending


90% All other revenues


Revenues

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  • Patient/hospital revenues: $1,506,470,000
  • Grants & contracts: $635,240,000
  • Tuition & fees: $441,915,000
  • Endowment spending: $341,312,000
  • Other revenue: $266,178,000
  • Unendowed gifts: $227,236,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $126,182,000

TOTAL: $3,544,533,000

Expenses

chart - 2018 expenses

  • Instruction: $2,170,532,000
  • Research: $541,107,000
  • Academic support: $211,850,000
  • Institutional support: $164,907,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $126,130,000
  • Student services: $102,527,000
  • Other deductions: $38,682,000

TOTAL: $3,355,735,000

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Alumni & Friend Support

students walking on campus

Voluntary gift support in fiscal year 2019

  • Total gifts and grants: $406.7 million

chart - Alumni and Friends support

  • Alumni: $146.0 million
  • Friends (including bequests): $91.4 million
  • Foundations: $107.0 million
  • Corporations: $29.1 million
  • Other (including agencies and groups): $22.7 million
  • Parents: $10.5 million

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