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Washington University Admissions Information

Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO (map)


Washington University in St. Louis (commonly known as Washington University) is a private research university in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1853, it is considered one of the best research universities in the United States. Its undergraduate program is ranked 13th among all U.S. universities, and 20 of the University’s graduate programs have been ranked in the top 10 in their respective fields. Washington University has seven undergraduate and graduate schools that offer approximately 1,900 courses in more than 300 academic programs. The University is widely recognized for its first-rate business, social work, and medical schools.

Washington University boasts 200 registered student organizations, including a film society, choral groups, fraternities/sororities, a literary magazine, and a television station. The school also hosts a variety of sports programs, including bowling, diving, fencing, and sailing. Washington University students enjoy St. Louis’s vibrant performing arts and music scene, as well as the city’s world-class tourist attractions.



Basic Info

Main Address: One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone Number: (314) 935-5000  
Website: www.wustl.edu  


Type of school: Private, Research University  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Club, Intercollegiate, Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 7,046  
Percent out-of-state: 92%  
Percent international: 8%  
Female to Male ratio: 50:50  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 7:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Apartments for single students
Fraternity/Sorority housing
Apartments for married students
Cooperative housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
200 registered student organizations  

Fun Facts

  • Voted #3 "Best Quality of Life"
  • Voted #8 "Great Financial Aid"
  • Voted #10 "Best Campus Food"
  • Voted #7 "Dorms Like Palaces"
  • Voted #9 "2010 Top Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Programs"

Admissions Information

Washington University is a highly competitive school that admits about 22% of its applicants. Admissions officials note that a candidate's character, class rank, application essay, recommendations, academic record, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, talents, volunteer history, and GPA are the most important factors in the admissions process. Other factors include an applicant's interview, alumni relation, racial/ethnic status, and whether an applicant is a first-generation college student.

The University requires applicants to submit standardized test scores, an application essay, one academic teacher evaluation, a secondary school report, and a mid-year report. Admitted applicants who decide to enroll must also submit a final report.

Admissions address: Campus Box 1089
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone number: (314) 935-6000  
Fax number: (314) 935-4290  
Admissions Website: https://admissions.wustl.edu/  
Email: admissions@wustl.edu  
Contact Person: Julie Shimabukuro, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 23,105  
Percent of applicants admitted: 22%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (school-specific supplement required)  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized Test Scores
One Academic Teacher Evaluation
Secondary School Report
Mid-year Report
Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes (SAT or ACT)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores for all test date.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 6929  
ACT code: 2386  
Learn more about other Midwest schools:
University of St. Thomas   Purdue   Notre Dame   University of Illinois  

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