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. Here, you’ll learn from world-renowned faculty, discover alongside classmates from across disciplines, and become a well-rounded individual prepared to make an impact in the world.
Explore All of Your Interests & Passions with our Interdisciplinary Approach
WashU’s undergraduate program as a whole is ranked 19th by US News and World Report and 18th 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 100 areas of study and 1,500 courses, allowing students the flexibility to explore multiple interests and passions.
Learn more about Majors and Programs at WashU.
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.
While we’re unable to welcome prospective students to visit campus right now, we’re committed to providing and planning exciting ways for you to get to know our community from the comfort of your couch!
Attend an information session, take a virtual tour, speak with an admissions representative, meet current students, learn about our academic divisions, and begin to determine if WashU is the right fit for you.
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 life at WashU.
Apply for Admission
We take your application for admission to Washington University very seriously. Our admissions committee reviews and assesses each application personally. Admission to WashU is both selective and competitive.
Students who come to WashU have challenged themselves in their academics and extracurricular activities during their high school years.
First-year application deadlines:
- Early Decision I: Application complete by November 1
- Early Decision II: Application complete by January 4
- Regular Decision: Application complete by January 4
- Transfer: Application complete by March 1
Cost Will Not Be a Barrier
WashU will not let cost be a barrier to your education, and through the Gateway to Success we are now need blind. This means students will be considered for admission based on their abilities, not their ability to pay. We are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need so you can be 100% focused on chasing your dreams and realizing your ambitions. WashU supports several initiatives that provide students the resources they need to engage fully in academic and campus life including:
- Awards that range up to the full cost of tuition & fees, including no-loan packages for families who earn less than $75,000
- Merit-based academic scholarships and need-based scholarships
- Financial Aid Counselors who work individually with each family to understand any unique circumstances
- Start-up grants to help first-year students from low income backgrounds buy college necessities outside of tuition costs, such as textbooks, winter clothes, and a computer.
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
- Transfer: Application complete by March 1
Visit Financial Aid for more information.
First-Year Academic Scholarships
Washington University is committed to rewarding talented students with academic scholarships for their exceptional academic and extracurricular performance in high school. Our academic scholarships offer financial assistance based primarily on academic achievement and an outstanding promise for excellence at WashU.
Each undergraduate division offers a limited number of four-year Academic Division Scholarships that range up to the full cost of tuition. Students are selected as finalists based on a review of the admissions application—no additional application is required. You must submit a digital portfolio to be considered for the Conway/Proetz Scholarships in Art or the Fitzgibbon Scholarships in Architecture.
- Scholars Programs: Application complete by January 4
Visit Scholarships for more information