Washington University in St Louis

=11 th
US Rankings 2018
=50 th
World University Rankings 2018
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63130, United States

Founded in 1853, Washington University is an internationally renowned private research university with students and faculty from approximately 90 countries.

At a Glance

  • 3,700 instructional, research and clinical faculty
  • Over 130 bachelor’s degree programs
  • Over 170 master’s and doctoral degree programs

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.

Learn More about Programs of Study

Biology and Biomedical Sciences
Graduate School
Social Work and Public Health
Undergraduate Programs

Research Strengths include:

Gut microbiome in human health
Brain sciences
Biomedical engineering
Organizational behavior
Understanding Alzheimer’s
Tackling aging
Addressing obesity
Robotics design
Exploring Mars
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.

The Danforth Campus sits at the convergence of the city of St. Louis, Clayton and University City, and the Medical Center is in the bustling Central West End neighborhood.

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

Climate change
Energy & environment
Food & water
Public health
Social development
Other areas

Important Programs

Funding Opportunites for Global Study

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Key statistics

  • $15,280
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $63,000
    Salary after 10 years
  • $48,093
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • 17%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 12,600
    Number of Students
  • 7.5
    No. of students per staff
Based on data collected for the (1) 2018 US Rankings and (2) 2018 World University Rankings