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School Name: Washington University in St. Louis
School Location: St. Louis, MO
School Type: Research University
Category: Reach

Washington University in St. Louis Admissions Rates Fall 2020

Applications: 27,949
Admitted: 16%

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General Info


Test Optional for 2021-2022
Admission Cycle

Fall 2020 Test Scores
Math: 760-800
ERW: 720-760
ACT: 33-35


Early Decision I: November 1
ED I Results: December 17
Early Decision II: January 4
ED II Results: February 14
Regular Deadline: January 4
Regular Results: April 1

School Information

Schedule: Semester
Curriculum Type: General Education
Greek Life: Yes
Athletics: DIII 

WashU Application Requirements, Admissions Tips, and University Guide:

Here’s everything you should know before you apply to WashU

Washington University in St. Louis, often simply called WashU, is the 14th highest ranking national university in the U.S. It is also one of only two midwestern schools in the top 20. WashU was founded as a private research university in 1853, and since then has given rise to 25 Nobel Laureates. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Wash U!

Where is WashU?

WashU’s campus is 7 miles from downtown St Louis, which is a bustling medium-sized city. Campus at WashU requires only a 15 minute walk to “the loop,” which is a typical college town and has everything students need, from restaurants and bars to theaters and music venues. Right across the street from campus is Forest Park. This is one of the largest urban parks in the nation, complete with zoos and museums. So whether you want to spend time in a cozy town, a metropolitan city, or nature, St. Louis has something for you.

How do I apply to WashU?

WashU accepts three different types of applications: the Common Application, Coalition Application, and Questbridge Application. Students applying through the Common or Coalition Application can apply Early Decision I (by November 1), Early Decision II ( by January 4), or Regular Decision (by January 4). ED I and ED II are both binding applications, meaning if you are accepted under either of these decision plans, it is a requirement to attend WashU.

WashU considers applicants’ academic preparation for their intended major, their cultural fit at WashU, and potential contributions students could make. They also look at letters of recommendation from your counselor and a core subject teacher, your supplemental essay about intellectual curiosity, and of course, test scores and transcripts. WashU practices holistic college admissions, and does not attach specific weights to any individual component of your application. Their unofficial motto is that each student should be known by name and story. So regardless of what your application holds, make sure you share your story and what makes you unique.

What are academics at WashU like?

WashU consists of 4 divisions: Arts and Sciences, Design & Visual Arts, Business, and Engineering. Across the divisions, there are 90+ fields of study and 1500+ courses. WashU has an overall student to faculty ratio of 7:1. And with 25 Nobel Laureates, the faculty at WashU are some of the most prestigious people in the country.

Every year, WashU students have the opportunity to participate in 3,000 active research programs, and students can begin research as early as freshman year. In addition to all that WashU has to offer for students on campus in St. Louis, 1 in 3 students participate in study abroad programs around the world.

What is the student body like?

WashU is a diverse and vibrant campus. It it home to just under 8,000 undergraduate students, representing all 50 US states and territories as well as over 100 countries. Here’s a breakdown of the racial and ethnic backgrounds of WashU students:

  • 10.o1% Black or African American
  • 1.19% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 0.50% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 8.60% Hispanic or Latino
  • 38.54% Asian
  • 43.35% White and not multiracial
  • 5.66% Race/Ethnicity unknown
  • 26.02% International

What special opportunities does WashU have?

Every school has something special about it that sets it apart from the hundreds of other institutions like it. There are several events and programs that make WashU a unique place to spend your college years. For instance, every year WashU hosts WILD, an outdoor concert where artists like Carly Rae Jepson, Jason Derulo, or A$AP Ferg perform. On the less fun (but perhaps even more important) side of things, WashU goes above and beyond when it comes to preparing students for success after graduation. The career services center does road shows to take students to different cities and network in person, so that students have more access to professional opportunities and don’t spend their entire senior year just messaging people on Linkedin.

WashU also offers several specialty academic programs called Ampersand Programs. These programs change yearly, but they always involve a group learning experience and out of classroom activities to create a coherent, intellectually fulfilling program. Past classes include Medicine And Society, Writers as Readers, The Theater as a Living Art, and Women in Science.

Is WashU Affordable?

The total cost of attendance including room and board is $76,766 per year for the 2021-2022 academic year, but like many top universities, WashU meets 100% of demonstrated need for its students. WashU also offers merit based scholarships, some of which require additional essays or separate applications at the time of application.