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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Number of faculty by school
Arts & Sciences 729
Business 180
Design & Visual Arts 119
Engineering 247
Law 127
Medicine 2,779
Other 8
Social Work/Public Health 153
University College 73
Total 4,415
Sampling of faculty honors
Pulitzer Prize 5
Poet Laureate of the United States 3
American Academy of Arts and Sciences 72
National Academy of Sciences 61
American Law Institute 31
National Medal of Science 10

Nobel Laureates
26 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: 238
  • Art: 324
  • Arts & Sciences: 4,649
  • Business: 861
  • Engineering: 1,501
  • Evening and other: 711

Graduate and Professional

  • Architecture: 133
  • Art: 45
  • Arts & Sciences: 883
  • Business: 2,030
  • Engineering: 1,388
  • Law: 1,142
  • Medicine: 1,296
  • Social Work & Public Health: 460
  • Other: 99

Traditional students in Fall 2023

Part-time/Evening students in Fall 2023

Total Enrollment: 16,552


Students come from more than 110 countries and all 50 states + the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands

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

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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 2023-24

  • Basic undergraduate tuition: $61,750
  • Student activity fee: $616
  • Student health and wellness fee: $616
  • Average undergraduate room and board: $20,778

Degrees awarded in 2022-23

  • Associate: 13
  • Bachelor: 1,868
  • Master: 2,830
  • Doctor: 789
    • Aud: 12
    • DBA: 4
    • DPT: 90
    • JD: 230
    • JSD: 6
    • MD: 110
    • OTD: 52
    • PhD: 285
  • TOTAL: 5,500

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Mascot: Bears
Colors: Red and Green
NCAA Division III titles: 24
University Athletic Association titles: 262
Academic All-Americans: 216
Varsity sports: 19 (9 men’s and 10 women’s)
Sport Clubs: 42

About 75% of undergraduates participate
in intramural sports, in more than 20 all-male, all-female and coed games, sports and activities.

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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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$978 million
Estimated total sponsored research support
in fiscal year 2023

$715 million
Estimated federal research support in fiscal year 2023

More than 3,000 research projects
underway each year.

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Advancing Human Health

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Washington University Physicians

1,888 university-employed physicians at the School of Medicine representing
77 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

1.54 million outpatient visits to Washington University Physicians

Student-organized clinics, established by medical students and staffed by students and faculty, provide free medical care to underserved members of 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.

1,893 beds on 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

21,247 Total employees

Our students from outside the St. Louis region boost the local economy an estimated $237 million

$269 Million Total amount of goods and services purchased locally

$276 Million Total payments to local construction vendors

23.4% of our 163,224 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 nine 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, 2023)

  • Revenues $4,757,003,000
  • Expenses $4,570,527,000
  • Physical Plant Investment $3,566,162,000
  • Endowment (Market Value) $11,511,774,000

Endowment spending as percentage of revenues in fiscal year 2018

12% Endowment spending

88% All other revenues



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Alumni & Friend Support

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Voluntary gift support in fiscal year 2023

  • Total gifts and grants: $324.5 million

  • Alumni: $98.0 million
  • Friends (including bequests): $60.2 million
  • Foundations: $118.4 million
  • Corporations: $28.5 million
  • Other (including agencies and groups): $16.7 million
  • Parents: $6.3 million

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