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Washington University in St Louis Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Washington University in St Louis? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors WUSTL offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Washington University in St Louis Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Washington University in St Louis was awarded 131 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer and information sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, WUSTL is ranked #27 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

WUSTL is also ranked #1 out of 46 schools in Missouri.

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Is It Hard to Get Into WUSTL?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into WUSTL since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 16%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 22% of students accepted to WUSTL submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 720 and 770. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 720 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 750 to 800 )
WUSTL received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 32 to 34 )

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Washington University in St Louis Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At WUSTL, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Washington University in St Louis is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Washington University in St Louis

Freshmen Retention Rate

Washington University in St Louis has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At WUSTL the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at WUSTL

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,675 undergraduates at WUSTL with 7,074 being full-time and 601 being part-time.

WUSTL Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 99.46 out of 100, WUSTL is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.46 out of 100
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How Much Does Washington University in St Louis Cost?

The overall average net price of WUSTL is $27,427. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WUSTL

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,724 $6,194 $12,089 $23,806 $44,365

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WUSTL, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At WUSTL, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $6,088 a year. That adds up to $24,352 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WUSTL is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do WUSTL Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from WUSTL make about $70,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future WUSTL graduates since it is 76% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Washington University in St Louis make the most money.

Location of Washington University in St Louis

Washington University in St Louis is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. Saint Louis is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Washington University in St Louis

Contact details for WUSTL are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: 314-935-5000

Washington University in St Louis Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 105 majors graduated from Washington University in St Louis. Of these students, 2,420 received undergraduate degrees and 2,983 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 166 $96,200
Child Development & Psychology 162 NA
Finance & Financial Management 148 NA
General Biology 140 NA
Anthropology 117 NA
Economics 112 NA
Mathematics 108 NA
Marketing 98 NA
Political Science & Government 88 NA
Business/Managerial Economics 71 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Washington University in St Louis along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WUSTL

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 638 students took at least one online class at Washington University in St Louis. This is an increase from the 527 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 638 434
2016-2017 527 359
2015-2016 424 264
2014-2015 376 227
2013-2014 299 156

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