Washington University in St. Louis: Narrative Description

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1 Brookings Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Tel: (314)935-5000
Free: 800-638-0700
Admissions: (314)935-6000
Fax: (314)935-4290
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wustl.edu


Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1853. Setting: 169-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $4.1 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $369.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $68,390 per student. Total enrollment: 13,380. Faculty: 1,100 (838 full-time, 262 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 19,822 applied, 22% were admitted. Full-time: 6,029 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 1,404 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 66 other countries, 88% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 9% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 1% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 97% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, portfolio for art and architecture programs. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. Comprehensive fee: $42,106 includes full-time tuition ($31,100), mandatory fees ($942), and college room and board ($10,064). College room only: $6096. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 28% of eligible men and 24% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: community service organizations, student government/programming groups, performing arts groups, multicultural interest groups. Major annual events: Thurtene Carnival, W.I.L.D. (concert festival), Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,590 college housing spaces available; 4,519 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. John M. Olin Library plus 13 others with 1.6 million books, 3.3 million microform titles, 47,266 serials, 72,672 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $29.4 million. 2,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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