Join a Community of Achievers at Washington University

Washington University offers a nurturing, yet intellectually rigorous environment where students from all identities and backgrounds thrive. On campus and across the world, you’ll find talented, inspiring WashU students and faculty developing big ideas and pushing the boundaries on what it means to learn.

Explore All of Your Interests & Passions with our Interdisciplinary Approach

WashU’s undergraduate program as a whole is ranked 18th by US News and World Report and 11th by the Wall Street Journal, and is made up of five undergraduate schools that span a variety of academic fields: College of Architecture and College of Art—both housed within the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts—, College of Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, and McKelvey School of Engineering.

WashU offers more than 90 areas of study and 1,500 courses, allowing students the flexibility to explore multiple interests and passions.

Learn more about Majors & Academics at WashU.

Voted Best College Campus in America

Nestled in the heart of St. Louis, WashU’s 169 acres are comprised of top-of-the-line buildings, laboratories, classrooms, and libraries—all of which foster a sense of community, creativity, and collaboration.

Don’t take our word for it — visit us!

Each campus visit includes a group information session and a campus tour led by a current student. The rest of your visit is customized to suit your personal interests.

Plan your campus visit today.

Life at WashU

Your first WashU home will be located on the South 40—a vibrant residential community on campus, complete with residential colleges, great food, fitness facilities, study areas, and student-run businesses. Outside of the classroom, you can join one of WashU’s 480+ clubs and organizations, travel and learn through study abroad programs, and have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research alongside professors who are leaders in their fields.

Don’t forget about the city beyond our four walls: St. Louis. St. Louis offers the ideal balance of small-town feel and big city opportunities. You'll have endless options when it comes to dining, entertainment, sports, cultural attractions, shopping, and service opportunities.

Discover You @ WashU.


Apply for Admission

Admission to Washington University is both selective and competitive. Our Admissions Committee reviews a large quantity of qualified and talented students each year, reviewing every applicant individually with a holistic perspective.

Students who come to WashU have challenged themselves in their academics and extracurricular activities during their high school years. 

The Coalition Application for Washington University will be available on August.

First-year application deadlines:

  • Early Decision I:
    • Application submitted by November 1
    • Application complete by November 5
  • Early Decision II:
    • Application submitted by January 2
    • Application complete by January 6
  • Regular Decision: January 2
    • Application submitted by January 2
    • Application complete by January 6

Visit our website for application instructions.

Cost Will Not Be a Barrier

We meet 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students, and counselors from Student Financial Services work with students and their families to ensure that a WashU education is not out of reach.

Financial assistance deadlines:

  • Early Decision I: Application complete by November 15
  • Early Decision II: Application complete by January 15
  • Regular Decision: Application complete by February 1

Visit Financial Aid at WashU for more information.

Merit-Based Academic Scholarships

Washington University is committed to helping talented students who show exceptional academic performance and outstanding promise. Our merit-based academic scholarships offer financial assistance based primarily on academic achievement. 

All students are automatically considered for these divisional scholarships based on the supplemental WashU essay. If you wish to be considered for one for our Signature Scholars Programs—Danforth, Ervin, or Rodriguez—you must submit separate applications through the WashU Pathway.


  • All application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. Central time on January 6.
  • For best consideration for Signature Scholar Programs and Academic Scholarships, submit your applications and supporting materials by December 15.

Visit First-Year Student Merit Scholarship Programs for more information.

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