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About WashU

At WashU, you will draw strength from a community of achievers who inspire each other with their creativity and tenacity. You’ll acquire the confidence and skills to succeed as a professional and as a person, ready to change the world. You’ll learn from faculty leading their fields, and you’ll have the opportunity to work side by side with them on independent projects. College isn’t just about academics. With more than 480 clubs and student-run organizations, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved while having fun with your peers and friends. You’ll find St. Louis offers the ideal balance of small-town feel and big city opportunities. Cost should never be a barrier to an exceptional education. WashU now has a need-blind admissions process. That means your ability to pay will never be part of the admission decision process. And, when we offer you admission, we ensure you are able to attend by meeting 100% of your demonstrated financial need.

WashU Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

WashU will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the WashU Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Washington University in St. Louis Overview

Washington University in St. Louis is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in St. Louis, Missouri. WashU was founded in 1853 and now enrolls around 15,449 students a year, including 7,653 undergrads. WashU provides housing for up to 5,208 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 95% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at WashU! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of WashU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? WashU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? WashU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? WashU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at WashU on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at WashU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! January 2, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 WashU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 16%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 35%
Average GPA 4.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 37%
Tuition $57,750

Is WashU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better idea of what WashU offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Washington University in St. Louis

It is extremely difficult to get into WashU. The acceptance rate at WashU is 16%. In 2021, just 4,477 out of the 27,949 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WashU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 94% of students who start at WashU return for their second year of college. Around 94% of students who started at WashU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for WashU Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Recent WashU grads have an average starting salary of $73,211 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

WashU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. WashU's endowment was valued at $8.5 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $139,766 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at WashU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. WashU meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend WashU full-time are awarded $55,624 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $19,649 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at WashU. Based on this information, how does WashU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is WashU a good school for you?

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Where is WashU?

WashU is located in the urban setting of St. Louis, Missouri.

If you want to see WashU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 64 to St. Louis, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lambert-St. Louis International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what WashU and St. Louis are like without leaving home.

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College Info

WashU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WashU is Jan 2.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WashU is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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WashU ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to WashU is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into WashU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

WashU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1560


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 760

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1560 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for WashU students is 1508. Applicants with SAT scores of 1560 and above have a good chance of being admitted to WashU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1480 to 1560 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1480 have a low chance of being offered a spot at WashU.

WashU Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at WashU is like? There are approximately 15,449 students enrolled at WashU, including 7,653 undergraduate students and 7,796 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 11% percent are from MO and 89% percent of students are from other states.


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