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Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

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Washington University in St Louis overview
Location Saint Louis, Missouri
Online wustl.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Washington University in St Louis overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is a private research university located in the suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, closely tied to the cultural and business hubs of the city. Founded in 1853, the campus is noted for its Collegiate Gothic architecture and offers a variety of student housing options, including residential colleges and modern apartments. WUSTL is recognized for rigorous academics, with distinguished programs in Medicine, Social Work, Art, Architecture, and Engineering. The university offers a highly selective admissions process, attracting a diverse and academically talented student body. While WUSTL is not primarily known for its athletic programs, it competes in the NCAA Division III as the Bears, with a variety of men's and women's sports teams.

In the most recent statistical year 32,014 prospective students applied, and 3,764 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,813 enrolled in the school.  14,629 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,383 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $59,420 plus fees of $1,170. WUSTL is ranked 20 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












WUSTL is rated within the top 5% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Washington University in St Louis overview
SAT 1500/1570
ACT 33/35
Estimated GPA 3.92

Applications Accepted

Washington University in St Louis overview
Applications Due Jan 4, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Washington University in St Louis
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,180
Other Fees$1,170
Room and Board $18,470
Budget for Other Expenses$3,236
Total One Year Cost$83,476

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$82,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

93% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Washington University in St Louis students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 17%
Social Sciences 16%
Engineering 11%
Psychology 8%
Biology 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=179867 IPEDS survey data for Washington University in St Louis.

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