Washington University in St Louis

Washington University in St Louis Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Washington University in St Louis ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Washington University in St Louis Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Washington University in St Louis was awarded 675 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is intellectual property law.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked WUSTL as #28 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

WUSTL is also ranked #1 out of 55 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 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 750 to 800 )
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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

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at WUSTL it is much better at 7 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

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
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Washington University in St Louis

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Washington University in St Louis enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at WUSTL for first-time, full-time students is 86%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100
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Washington University in St Louis Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,822 undergraduates at WUSTL with 7,139 being full-time and 683 being part-time.

How Much Does Washington University in St Louis Cost?

The overall average net price of WUSTL is $26,869. 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 +
$5,273 $6,248 $11,832 $25,505 $45,758

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WUSTL, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $5,835 a year. That adds up to $23,340 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WUSTL is 1.4%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from WUSTL with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $70,100 in their early years. That's great news for WUSTL students since it is 76% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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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 located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The suburban atmosphere of Saint Louis makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for WUSTL are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: 314-935-5000
Website: www.wustl.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wustl/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wustl

Washington University in St Louis Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from Washington University in St Louis. Of these students, 2,448 received undergraduate degrees and 3,189 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 180 $96,200
Finance & Financial Management 160 NA
Child Development & Psychology 148 NA
Anthropology 118 NA
Economics 116 NA
General Biology 115 NA
Mechanical Engineering 104 $65,800
Marketing 97 NA
Mathematics 95 NA
Political Science & Government 91 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 937 students took at least one online class at Washington University in St Louis. This is an increase from the 638 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 937 503
2017-2018 638 434
2016-2017 527 359
2015-2016 424 264
2013-2014 299 156

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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