Tapping today's talent for tomorrow's challenges
Intelligent. Diverse. Grounded. Well-rounded. Dedicated to making a difference. These are the characteristics critical for organizational success that are exemplified by the students of Washington University in St. Louis. Given our increasingly complex world and workplace, their drive for challenging work and capacity for collaboration and problem-solving are the foundation for tomorrow's leaders. Here are the facts:
Washington University students are in the highest tier intellectually.
- Seventh most selective university, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
- More than 29,000 applications for 1,500 freshman class positions
- More than nine out of 10 incoming freshmen place in the top 10% of their high school class
- Ranked fifth in the nation for number of National Merit Scholars in freshman class
Washington University is committed to demographic, experiential and intellectual diversity.
- Nearly 40% of Washington University students are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, multiracial or international students. The student body is evenly split between men and women.
- 90% are from out of state and 60% have traveled greater than 500 miles to attend
- Draws students and faculty from 50 states and 110 different nations around the world
Washington University students are grounded and well-rounded leaders, who are passionate about making a difference in a team environment.
- More than 200 campus organizations and 10 student-run businesses
- Over 70% have participated in community service
Washington University's rigorous multi-disciplinary, problem-solving curriculum molds critical thinking skills.
- Two out of three pursue multiple majors and/or minors, often in a different school.
- Liberal arts majors have a course cluster requirement in which they choose pairs of courses in four areas (natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, language and the arts, and textual and historical studies) in order to deepen their knowledge of subject through multiple disciplines.
- Students are encouraged to take classes across disciplines, with 90 undergraduate programs, 22 combined programs and 1500 courses offered.
"Knowing Students by Name and Story" is a signature principle and way of life for Washington University professors and staff.
- Career Center services are high touch and highly individualized.
- There is a 7:1 student-faculty ratio at Washington University.
- The Career Center has 21 Career Advisors with academic and experiential backgrounds spanning the seven schools. Advisors include one MD, three JD's, one PhD and 11 master's degrees held.