Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): $61,655
Most Popular Majors: Engineering, Psychology, Business, Pre-Med, Biology/Biological Sciences
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 17%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Washington University's website at www.wustl.edu/admissions.
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Why Choose Wash U?
"When I visited Wash U, I really liked how beautiful the campus was and how all the freshmen lived together. It seemed like it would make it really easy to make new friends, not just people on your freshman floor. I also loved how nice the dorms were and how great the food is. It just made college an easier adjustment."
"I initially chose Wash U because of the size. It was not too big, but not too small. Going to a private school with students from all over the country also allowed me to expand my horizons and it really helped me grow from high school."
"Wash U offers challenging academics in a rewarding atmosphere. Students work hard and play hard, and they help each other instead of competing. I love that I can turn to anyone and ask for notes if I missed a class and they don't even hesitate to make a copy."
"The South 40, where all freshmen and most sophomores live, is what really pulled me in. Having your own little village away from central campus is something that cannot be beat. Not to mention the dorms were beautiful and the food was amazing!"
"Wash U's location is perfect for a university. We are in a beautiful, quaint suburb only 20 minutes away from the city of St. Louis. Having the Delmar Loop, Central West End, and other fun areas so close to campus is really great."
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"What I love the most is the environment on campus and around St. Louis. There is a place for everyone to call home and there are all different kinds of people from different backgrounds that you can get to know and learn from."
"My favorite part of Wash U is the people. They are incredibly nice and intellectually ambitious."
"The dorms are insanely nice and the food is amazing. Both of these factors made college an easier adjustment."
"St. Louis is a great city to explore! It has such charm and offers lots for students to do there. That being said, there is so much to do that’s free, which is perfect for students on a budget!"
"I love WILD of course, Kappa Karaoke and other Greek events, Thurtene, and tea in the DUC on Thursdays. There’s always lots to do on campus which I love."
"The campus is flawlessly beautiful. Sometimes I feel like I'm walking around on a movie set."
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"Lots of juniors go abroad either fall or spring semester, but Wash U still makes receiving credit really difficult. We also have to pay full tuition while we’re abroad which just doesn’t seem fair."
"Study abroad credits can get really complicated. The programs are also very limited for a lot of majors. Given so many students go abroad, I think Wash U should be more cooperative and reasonable."
"There has been a decline in the on-campus social scene. This makes it harder for students to have a good time without worrying about drunk driving, IDs, and so on."
"Departments should be more flexible about requirements. Sometimes, schedule conflicts make it nearly impossible to complete all required courses in a timely manner."
"I think we need to attract more of an international student body. I also wish there was more school spirit and that people cared more about sports."
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New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a freshman is great, especially if you do a pre-orientation program because you meet a lot of your classmates as well as older members of the Wash U community. Orientation is evolving and changing every year, but for my orientation, there were several floor bonding activities that also introduced you to WUSTL’s resources."
"There is at least one off-campus event per weekend, but first semester freshmen spend most of their time at open registered frat parties rather than the small, more exclusive parties or at off-campus bars. Frats are usually the move on Fridays."
"Everyone was so welcoming, both on campus and off campus. I didn't get an 'upperclassmen VS lowerclassmen' vibe at all which was a huge relief!"
"The academics are challenging which was a bit of an adjustment, but the teachers and students are both helpful and supportive which made the transition a lot smoother for me."
"I loved living on the South 40 because it was a great way to meet other freshmen. I was able to create amazing relationships with people on my floor and in other dorms and it was a great way to ease the transition into college."
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All About Academics
"I have always been academically challenged at Wash u, but the adjustment isn’t too difficult as long as you’re willing to work hard."
"I would say engineering, pre-med, psychology, and generally the business school are the most popular majors. The College of Arts and Sciences is also huge. There are a lot of creative people on campus."
"The library is always packed but students still know how to kick back, relax, and have fun. Wash U maintains a great balance of work and play."
"Everyone at Wash U works hard and focuses on their academics, so in a way, you're all in it together. Everyone is very supportive and helpful. I have never met someone who was unwilling to help me simply because they were super competitive."
"The teachers are great. Having intelligent, experienced, and straight up awesome professors is what makes the Wash U experience so special."
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Learn from the Best
"I really enjoyed my classes with Martha Hastings. She teaches engineering math classes and is a great lecturer. Her exams are pretty challenging, but she defines what she expects from you and if you put the work in, you’ll do well in her classes."
"I loved my retail management course with Martin Sneider. He always kept me interested in class and I felt that everything I learned was incredibly useful and relevant in the real world."
"Jared Jennings is a great teacher in the business school. I take a class with him whenever I have the chance."
"Colin Burnett in the Film and Media Studies department is an incredible professor. He’s intriguing and energetic, and anyone could see just how much he loves what he does."
"Take Introduction to Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting with Professor Chapman. He's so talented, experienced, and most importantly, hilarious."
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Interests & Involvement
"New groups are forming on campus every year and they really develop a presence. For instance, we just got a Spoon University chapter on campus and the Instagram has really gotten a lot of attention. Who doesn't love food porn?"
"Everyone wants to be involved on campus and there are numerous opportunities. From Greek life, to business fraternities, to countless clubs, it is incredibly easy to get involved. Going to the Activities Fair at the beginning of the year is always helpful for freshmen to join new clubs."
"I’m on the executive board of our social programming board, which programs many of the major campus events such as WILD, the Comedy Show, the Gargoyle concerts and happy hours, and other special events. I’m also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a brother of Alpha Kapa Psi, a business fraternity. In addition to extracurricular activities, I have an on-campus job at the DUC (Danforth University Center). I think most people are pretty involved and are passionate about something other than academics."
"Everyone is eager to get involved on campus, which makes for a lot of interesting groups, clubs, and organizations. People at Wash U are so driven and passionate."
"Whether you're interested in academic groups, clubs having to do with a personal hobby, Greek life, or something else, you can definitely find your own niche here at Wash U in terms of getting involved."
Photos: Spoon University Wash U Instagram account, Wash U Panhellenic Facebook page
"Given Wash U’s sports teams are DIII, athletics aren’t a central part of the university. At the same time, we have some really great times that get lots of student support, like our men’s basketball team."
"While we may not be a Big 10 football school, student athletes are everywhere on campus and definitely have a presence and pride for their teams!"
"There aren't usually huge crowds at Wash U athletic events, but the crowds we do have are super loud and enthusiastic!"
"Athletes have a huge presence on campus. They are very involved and definitely make themselves known."
"Wash U athletes are so talented and dedicated, and it's truly remarkable that they are able to balance their athletic career with the rigorous academics at our university."
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"I don’t think being a woman on Wash U’s campus has any stand-out qualities. It is pretty much the same as any liberal, academically challenging school. I always feel comfortable, respected, and empowered."
"Her Campus and Greek life have both enhanced my life immensely at Wash U. Having a magazine devoted to women that keeps it real is so useful and has been a big part of my experience. Greek life has opened so many doors for me and has helped me to meet so many amazing people, both in my sorority and outside of it."
"I have never once felt uncomfortable being a woman on campus. We are definitely considered equals in terms of academics, which might be something that posed a problem for gender equality at some other schools. I never feel underestimated."
"While sororities are a great way to bond with other women on campus, that's not the only way to make yourself known as a woman on campus. There are several organizations and clubs that female students can get involved with, such as Her Campus!"
"I love being a girl on Wash U's campus. The student body is about 50% men, 50% women so I really feel like there's a great balance."
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Food & Drink
"Wash U has three main dining halls: the DUC (our university center), Bear’s Den on the South 40, and the Village on the north side of campus. In addition, there are other dining options around campus. The new options in Bauer Hall are great and I'm so happy we finally have a Starbucks!"
"The food on Wash U’s campus has been consistently ranked either #1 or in the top 5, and the options are amazing at every dining hall. There is a great restaurant within the DUC called Ibby’s that is a campus favorite. When students get sick of food on campus, they can walk to Kayak’s or other options on the Delmar Loop such as Chipotle and Noodles & Co."
"I transferred from a different school and I can say that Wash U is definitely up there for having the best college food around. On campus, you can pretty much find anything imaginable, and if you’re looking to eat off campus, St. Louis has endless restaurants. There are still 20 or more that I want to try!"
"Wash U offers lots of options, whether you're a hardcore meat eater, a vegetarian, or even a vegan. You will never be hungry on campus."
"Ibby's is amazing. Their menu changes seasonally and everything is really fresh. There is also a lunch menu and lunch buffet that changes daily. It's a good way to blow some extra mealpoints! Oh, and make sure you order the bananas foster (or two)."
"Lots of local spots allow students to pay in Bear Bucks which makes it easier to eat off campus."
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"Going out during the week is definitely an option. On Tuesdays, people go to a local bar, Duffy’s for trivia or karaoke. Wednesdays are occasionally Talayna’s nights and sometimes people organize a party bus. Thursdays are big and there’s always something to do off campus. There are crazy weekends and calmer ones, just like every school, but there is always something to do, even if it’s low key."
"I think the social scene is very inclusive. I have never seen someone not allowed into a bar or a frat just because they’re not in a certain circle of people or a particular sorority or fraternity. People don’t make a big deal about social status which is great."
"Most of the social scene is off campus which is nice for when upperclassmen are tired of going to frat parties. It's also a great way to see more of the city rather than just staying on campus."
"Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the biggest nights, but you can also go out during the week if you really want to. There are certain times of the year when people go out a lot more, such as 'Welcome Week' in the beginning of the year."
"There are lots of themed frat parties throughout the year which makes for some pretty hilarious costumes."
"WILD, which is twice a year, WUstock, and Mardi Gras are the best daytime social events of the year. It's always a great time having everyone come together to hang out all day long."
"Wash U’s dorms have been recognized by Business Insider, the Princeton Review, the Huffington Post, and more. The South 40 area, which houses both freshmen and sophomores, is a village of its own, separated from main campus and lined with student-run stores and other amenities. Even past sophomore year, Wash U offers great accommodations for juniors and seniors both on and off campus."
"The dorms are incredibly nice. Most are new or modern, but even the traditional dorms are nicer than the average university’s dorms. I lived in brand new dorms both freshman and sophomore year and loved it. The great housing is one of the reasons I chose Wash U."
"Our dorms cannot be beat. I can't even explain how great it is having a nice, clean dorm to come home to. It also made the transition to college a lot easier."
"I love that South 40 House has a gym. The athletic center is a bit of a hike from the South 40, so it's nice having a gym so close."
"I really like that Wash U has Residential Colleges. I lived in Eliot freshman year and then was easily able to get Eliot B for sophomore year since I had previously lived in Eliot. It makes sophomore year housing easier to figure out and a lot less stressful."
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Exploring St. Louis
"St. Louis is so welcoming and such a fun city to explore! There are lots of free things to do, such as the art museum and the zoo. Forest Park is also so close to campus and is a great place to run or have a picnic with friends."
"St. Louis is a great location for a school because we have amazing restaurants, great shopping, and the cultural institutions found in cities, but we also have a more quaint and comfortable suburb atmosphere at our doorstep."
"I could not ask for Wash U to be in a better place. Clayton is a safe, beautiful suburb located right next to Forest Park, but we also have access to a lot of areas and of course, the city of St. Louis."
"There are so many activities in this city! Whether you want to shop, sightsee, eat, or go to a museum, St. Louis has you covered."
"I love when my parents come to visit because we always have something to do. Clayton is a great college town but at the same time, it has a lot more to offer than just Wash U, which was really important to me during the college selection process."
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HC's Complete College Guide: Washington University in St. Louis
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