Why WUSTL

Demographics & Academic Divisions

Washington University in St. Louis brings outstanding young people to the region. Each year more and more students from across the world hope to attend the university, and receive a first-rate education. The most promising of those are accepted. The result: one of the most talented student bodies in the world. Because a special effort is made to recruit and educate students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in American higher education, talented minorities and women graduates are well-prepared to contribute to society and its institutions both in the St. Louis region and throughout the world.

Washington University’s 12,039 full-time students represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. There are also nearly 2,000 part-time students. Students and faculty come from more than 110 countries around the world. Approximately 90 percent of undergraduates come from outside Missouri; nearly 65 percent come from more than 500 miles away.

In fall 2013, of the entering Class of 2017:

  • About 50 percent of freshmen are men; 50 percent women; nearly 40 percent are multicultural or international students.
  • 1,600 freshmen were selected from over 30,000 applicants.

The academic curriculum at Washington University is flexible and invites exploration and individuality. Students can major in 90 different programs and choose from 1,500 courses each year. Two out of three students pursue combined studies, graduating with multiple majors and minors.

Enrollment (By school, fall 2012)

Undergraduate

 

Architecture

161

 

Art

290

 

Arts & Sciences

3,918

 

Business

742

 

Engineering

1,254

 

Part-time and other

936

Graduate and Professional

 

Architecture

329

 

Art

50

 

Arts & Sciences

885

 

Business

1,182

 

Engineering

795

 

Law

878

 

Medicine

1,762

 

Social Work

698

 

Other programs

188

Total enrollment

14,068

Summer School 2012

3,593

School of Engineering & Applied Science
Gender distribution in the School of Engineering is 71% male / 29% female. Twelve percent of Engineering students are from the state of Missouri; 84% are from other states and 4% come from other countries. The ethnic makeup of the school is 61% Caucasian, 14% Asian American, 5% African American, 5% International, 2% Hispanic American and less than 1% Native American. In 2008, 112 degrees were awarded in Mechanical, Aerospace & Structural, 90 in Biomedical, 55 in Computer Science & Engineering, 35 in Electrical & Systems and 32 in Energy, Environmental & Chemical. Learn more about students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science (Today's Engineering Talent.pdf).