Founded in 1853, Washington University is an internationally renowned private research university with students and faculty from approximately 90 countries.
Washington University in St. Louis has been affiliated with 24 Nobel Laureates, many of whom did a significant portion of their award-winning work at the university.
Located in St. Louis, a thriving Midwestern city with a vibrant biotech and startup community, the University’s two campuses are near the cultural center of St. Louis, surrounded by parks, museums, performance venues, dining districts, and tree-lined neighborhoods offering a moderate cost of living. St. Louis is a 1-hour flight from Chicago, and offers easy direct flights to U.S. coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles.
At a Glance
Known for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Washington University is consistently ranked among the top 20 best U.S. colleges and universities by both U.S. News & World Report and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Our Medical School is ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News.
In addition to our highly ranked School of Medicine, the University includes schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Design & Visual Arts, Engineering, Law, Social Work & Public Health.
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Research Strengths include
Gut microbiome in human health
Climate and environmental science
We are located in St. Louis, a thriving Midwestern city with a vibrant biotech and startup community. The University’s two campuses are near the cultural center of St. Louis, surrounded by parks, museums, performance venues, dining districts, and tree-lined neighborhoods offering a moderate cost of living. St. Louis is a 1-hour flight from Chicago, and offers easy direct flights to U.S. coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles.
Living in St. Louis
Washington University faculty, staff and students are integral members of the St. Louis community.
Students can opt to live off campus in our surrounding neighborhoods, including the Delmar Loop – called by the American Planning Association “One of the 10 Great Streets in America.”
There are more free, world-class attractions in St. Louis than any place in the nation outside of Washington, D.C. Forest Park, the 1,400-acre park located between the Danforth and Medical campuses, offers space for a wide variety of activities. The historic park was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and is still home to the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Science Center.
Getting where you want to go in St. Louis is easy. MetroLink, the area light rail system, connects Lambert Airport to the Danforth Campus, the Washington University Medical Center, North Campus, downtown St. Louis and the Metro East region of Illinois. The university provides many members of its community with free Metro passes that provide access to both Metro buses and the MetroLink light-rail system.
Through an international network of education programs and research initiatives, we are collaboratively engaged in making an impact on global challenges. We are not doing this important work alone. Through a global network of Partner Universities, we are collaboratively engaged in groundbreaking education programs and research initiatives that are having a tangible and significant impact on our planet.
Global Areas of Emphasis