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Washington University in St. Louis

A medium-sized, independent university located in the nation's center, Washington University is counted among the world's leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society.

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  • Founded: 1853
  • Chancellor: Mark S. Wrighton (1995–Present)
  • Location: St. Louis, MO
  • Motto: Per Veritatem Vis (Strength Through Truth)
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Rankings

Washington University's impact is evident in the many rankings of colleges and universities.

#1 in social work
U.S. News & World Report, 2013
#2 best college dorms
The Princeton Review, 2014
#5 best undergraduate business schools
Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014
#8 top 50 schools for entrepreneurs
The Princeton Review, 2013
#6 in comprehensive medical schools
U.S. News & World Report, 2015
#7 best value private colleges
The Princeton Review, 2012
#9 best architecture schools
Architectural Record, 2011
#11 in graduation and retention
U.S. News & World Report, 2013-2014
#14 in overall undergraduate programs
U.S. News & World Report, 2013-2014
#21 highest freshman retention rate
U.S. Department of Education, 2014

View a full listing of the university's rankings at rankings.wustl.edu.

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Faculty

Our faculty make an impact in the classroom and beyond.

23 Nobel laureates affiliated
with Washington University

8:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

Number of instructional faculty by school, fall 2013
Architecture 69
Art 55
Arts & Sciences 698
Business 112
Engineering 200
Law 77
Medicine 1,927
Social Work/Public Health 129
University College 109
Total 3,376
Sampling of faculty honors
Pulitzer Prize 3
Poet Laureate of the United States 2
American Academy of Arts and Sciences 53
National Academy of Sciences 45
American Law Institute 18
National Medal of Science 16
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Students

Enrollment By School, Fall 2013

  • Full-time students in 2013-14: 12,202
  • Part-time students in 2013-14: Nearly 2,000

Undergraduate

  • Arts & Sciences: 3,899
  • Engineering: 1,301
  • Part-time and other: 827
  • Business: 860
  • Art: 270
  • Architecture: 177

Graduate and Professional

  • Medicine: 1,928
  • Business: 1,226
  • Law: 836
  • Arts & Sciences: 840
  • Engineering: 902
  • Social Work & Public Health: 701
  • Architecture: 322
  • Art: 51
  • Other: 153

Total Enrollment: 14,163

Summer School 2013: 4,202

3 of 4 students pursue multiple majors and/or minors

over 40% of students study abroad

  • Number of nations: Over 100
  • Number of states: All 50 states + the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
  • Over 90% of undergraduates are from out of state
  • Nearly 65% come from more than 500 miles away

Student organizations

About 370 undergraduate student groups
& more than 150 graduate student groups in 2013-14

2014-15 Undergraduate educational costs

  • Basic undergraduate tuition $45,700
  • Student activity fee $457
  • Student health and wellness fee $310
  • Average undergraduate room and board $13,888

Degrees awarded in 2012-13

  • Associate: 3
  • Bachelor: 1,587
  • Master: 1,543
  • Doctor: 806
    • AuD: 13
    • PhD: 252
    • JD: 302
    • MD: 120
    • DSc: 0
    • DOT: 21
    • DPT: 95
    • JSD: 3
  • Total: 3,939

Athletics

  • Mascot: Bear
  • Colors: Red and Green
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III titles: 19
  • University Athletic Association titles: 169
  • Academic All-Americans: 137
  • Varsity sports: 19 (9 men's and 10 women's)
  • Sport Clubs: 37
  • Intramural sports: About 75% of undergraduates participate in more than 25 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, Washington University takes its responsibility seriously. Through innovative research, the university is committed to creating the new knowledge necessary to achieve a bright and sustainable future.

$548.7 million Total research support in fiscal year 2013

$402 million Federal research support in fiscal year 2013

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

Areas of Focus

Medical research to translate basic science discoveries into solutions for the world's biggest health problems

Innovation and entrepreneurial research to create intellectual property and advance research for the greatest public good

Environmental and energy research to discover innovations that can reduce greenhouse emissions and slow global warming

Plant science research, conducted in collaboration with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, to help the world feed its people

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Advancing Human Health

Washington University Physicians:

1,256 full-time faculty at the School of Medicine representing more than 75 specialities provided clinical care to more than 430,000 children and adults at 49 clinical sites through Washington University Physicians, one of the five largest academic clinical practices in the nation, in fiscal year 2013.

941,849 outpatient visits to Washington University Physicians in fiscal year 2012.

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

1,573 beds in the
Washington University
Medical Center

Institute for Public Health

works as a connector, convener, and catalyst across all seven schools of Washington University 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.

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Global Leadership

Washington University's overarching goal is to enhance our leadership today to benefit America and the world tomorrow. We will achieve this goal by focusing on the key issues facing a global society, leading to a better quality of life for all.

A select group of 28 research universities around the world partner with Washington University, sharing the same commitment to excellence in research and to the importance of international collaboration, through the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. Future global leaders from partner institutions are mentored at the university as they pursue graduate and professional degrees. In addition, the academy fosters collaborative research and educational efforts on key issues:

  • energy and sustainability
  • international understanding
  • public health

I-Cares

International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability collaborates with institutional, regional, and international partners across disciplines to foster targeted research:

  • exploring sustainable alternative energy
  • developing and producing biofuels
  • exploring environmental systems and practices
  • mitigating CO2 accumulation
  • improving combustion processes
  • reducing emissions
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Community Cornerstone

$144 Million Washington University students from outside the St. Louis region boost the local economy an estimated $144 million.

3rd ranking among largest employers in St. Louis according to St. Louis Business Journal Book of Lists 2014

$231 Million Total amount of goods and services purchased locally in fiscal year 2012

$110 Million Total payments to local construction vendors in fiscal year 2012

26.1% of Washington University's 132,594 alumni live and work in the St. Louis area.

13,251 Total employees in fiscal year 2013.

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Community Connections

Contributing to the region's culture and education

Fostering a growing entrepreneurial spirit

  • Executive education
  • Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Center for Emerging Technologies
  • Center for the Application of Information Technology

Making a difference in the community

According to the Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Washington University volunteers more than 7 million person hours to the community each year.

Close to 600 university/community partnerships are sustained each year.

67% of undergraduate students participate in community service — 23% during all four years

  • 54% of freshmen
  • 69% of sophomores
  • 71% of juniors
  • 73% of seniors

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, 2013)

  • Revenues $2,393,132,000
  • Expenses $2,287,810,000
  • Physical Plant Investment $1,901,786,000
  • Endowment (Market Value) $5,749,297,000

Revenues

  • Patient/hospital revenues: $915,336,000
  • Grants & contracts: $507,340,000
  • Tuition & fees: $324,899,000
  • Endowment spending: $235,697,000
  • Other revenue: $158,442,000
  • Unendowed gifts: $162,719,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $88,719,000

TOTAL: $2,393,132,000

Expenses

  • Instruction: $1,342,767,000
  • Research: $471,609,000
  • Academic support: $155,425,000
  • Institutional support: $120,018,000
  • Auxiliary enterprises: $100,413,000
  • Student services: $73,140,000
  • Other deductions: $24,438,000

TOTAL: $2,287,810,000

Endowment spending as percentage of revenues in fiscal year 2013

10%
Endowment spending

90%
All other revenues

Charity Navigator has given Washington University a 4-star rating, the highest possible rating, for commitment to fiscal responsibility; accountability and transparency; and ability to manage, steward and grow resources efficiently since 2002.

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Alumni & Friend Support

  • Alumni: $89.2 million
  • Foundations: $44.5 million
  • Corporations: $22.8 million
  • Friends (including bequests): $44.6 million
  • Parents: $17 million
  • Other (including agencies and groups): $16.2 million

Voluntary gift support in fiscal year 2013

  • Total voluntary gift support: $234.2 million
  • Total Annual Fund gift support: $26.4 million
  • Total donors: 57,321
  • Total alumni donors: 28,236
  • Alumni participation rate: 26.7%
Leading Together: the Campaign for Washington University