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Washington University in St Louis Data & Information Overview

427 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
13% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Washington University in St Louis Ranked?

#17 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in MO
Business Administration & Management Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 427 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration & management.

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Overall Quality

WUSTL is ranked #17 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when WUSTL held the #24 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

WUSTL also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Missouri ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into WUSTL?

13% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
25% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 13%, WUSTL is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 25% 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 730 and 770. Math scores were between 760 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 730 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 760 to 800 )
WUSTL received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Washington University in St Louis  ( 33 to 35 )

Learn more about Washington University in St Louis admissions.

Washington University in St Louis Faculty

7 to 1 Student to Faculty
71% Full Time Teachers

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 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Washington University in St Louis

96% Freshmen Retention
89% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Washington University in St Louis has a freshmen retention rate of 96%. 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  96 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 89%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  89 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Washington University in St Louis.

Washington University in St Louis Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,077 Full-Time Undergraduates
43.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,653 undergraduates at WUSTL with 7,077 being full-time and 576 being part-time.

How Much Does Washington University in St Louis Cost?

$26,921 Net Price
15% Take Out Loans
$31,548 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of WUSTL is $26,921. 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 +
$1,556 $2,446 $8,149 $23,508 $46,759

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 15% of students took out student loans averaging $7,887 a year. That adds up to $31,548 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WUSTL is 1.1%. 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?

$82,732 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WUSTL make around $82,732 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for WUSTL students since it is 95% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Washington University in St Louis

Missouri State
7,077 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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

Washington University in St Louis Majors

100 Majors With Completions
2,455 Undergraduate Degrees
3,085 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 100 majors graduated from Washington University in St Louis. Of these students, 2,455 received undergraduate degrees and 3,085 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 193 $89,930
Child Development & Psychology 185 NA
Finance & Financial Management 163 $83,311
General Biology 114 $21,744
Anthropology 112 $25,056
Economics 97 $61,591
Mechanical Engineering 94 $66,886
Marketing 93 $61,582
Political Science & Government 87 $45,909
Mathematics 80 $57,896

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

20% Take At Least One Class Online
5% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 3,319 students took at least one online class at Washington University in St Louis. This is a decrease from the 13,103 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,319 775
2019-2020 13,103 2,401
2018-2019 937 503
2017-2018 638 434
2016-2017 527 359

Learn more about online learning at Washington University in St Louis.

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Notes and References


*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.


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