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Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%
Acceptance Rate13%

About WashU

Washington University offers a nurturing, yet intellectually rigorous, environment where students from all identities and backgrounds thrive. Here, you’ll learn from world-renowned faculty, discover alongside classmates from across disciplines, and become a well-rounded individual prepared to make an impact in the world.

Washington University in St. Louis Overview

Washington University in St. Louis is a private, nonprofit school in the urban setting of St. Louis, Missouri. WashU was founded in 1853 and the school enrolls around 21,556 students a year, including 8,034 undergrads. WashU ensures on-campus housing for up to 5,208 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 95% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 4. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from WashU by April 1.

Student Involvement 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.

Thinking of pledging? 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.

2022 WashU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 13%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 29%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25%
Tuition $59,420
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $63,820

Is WashU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer view of what WashU offers and if the school could be the right college for you.

WashU Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into WashU. In 2022, WashU accepted just 13% of all applicants. Out of 33,634 applications received in 2022, 4,373 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WashU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 96% of students who start at WashU come back for their second year of college. 93% of WashU undergrads graduate 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 Outlook WashU Graduates

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 $74,163 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Washington University in St. Louis'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 $13.7 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, WashU spends about $149,335 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at WashU

Tuition 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 $63,820 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $22,740 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial 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, does WashU seem like a good fit? 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 city of St. Louis, Missouri, in the suburbs of St. Louis.

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 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WashU is Jan 4.

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

Washington University in St. Louis is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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WashU ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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35 and Above


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33 and Less


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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

1490 - 1570


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1570 and Above


1490 to 1570


1490 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for WashU students is 1522. Applicants with SAT scores of 1570 and above have a good chance of being admitted to WashU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1490 to 1570 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1490 have a low chance of being offered a spot at WashU.

WashU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at WashU is like? There are approximately 16,973 students enrolled at WashU, including 8,034 undergraduate students and 8,939 graduate students. 91% 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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