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Colleges / Washington University in St. Louis

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.

Washington University in St. Louis is a private, nonprofit school that was founded in 1853. It is extremely difficult to get into WashU. The institution enrolls around 15,449 students a year, including 7,653 undergrads.

WashU does not offer early action and offers early decision.

WashU Acceptance Rate

In 2021, WashU accepted 16% of applicants. 35% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to WashU. In 2021, 4,477 out of 27,949 total applicants were accepted.

WashU Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply regular decision to WashU for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 1.

Early Admissions at WashU

Washington University in St. Louis offers early decision. WashU does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 16%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 35%
Average GPA 4.2
Mean ACT score 34
Mean SAT score 1508
Tuition $57,750

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to WashU.

Financial Aid at WashU

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.

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

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Dorms at WashU

WashU offers housing for up to 5,208 students.

Most WashU students live off campus.

Thurtene Carnival, WILD (concert festival), and and Black Anthology and Diwali are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at WashU.

How Do I Get Into Washington University in St. Louis?

WashU is considered extremely difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 4.2 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into WashU is 1508. The mean ACT scores is 34.

Does WashU Require Test Scores?

WashU is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 37% submitted the SAT. 67% submitted the ACT.

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WashU Waitlist 2021

WashU reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

Is WashU a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WashU

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at WashU, around 94% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,727 students who started at WashU as first-time freshman, 1,517 graduate within four years.

WashU's six-year graduation for undergrads is 94%. 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 and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $19,649 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

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?

How Big is the Endowment for WashU?

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $8,515,200,000. The school spends $139,766 for each full-time student enrolled.

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Where is Washington University in St. Louis Located?

WashU is located in the urban setting of St. Louis, Missouri, less than an hour from 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 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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


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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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SAT Score

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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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Student Life

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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