Washington University in St. Louis requires at least 120 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. WashU accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, WashU has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 93% of students who start college at WashU graduate within six years.
WashU offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: WashU may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
WashU has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with WashU directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, WashU students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at WashU.
Student Designed Majors
WashU allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
WashU does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at WashU
WashU offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ WashU offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ WashU does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ WashU offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
❌ WashU does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College.
❌ WashU studets are not required to complete an internship.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While WashU does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.
The main library on campus is the John M. Olin Library and there are 12 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
WashU offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering
•3-2 dual degree program in business administration
•3-2 dual degree program in social work
•Art, occupational therapy, physical therapy
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does WashU have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
WashU has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at WashU include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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