Academics & Schools

Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university dedicated to challenging faculty and students from more than 100 countries to learn and create new knowledge and greater understanding for an ever-changing world.

Founded in 1853, Washington University today is nationally and internationally renowned for teaching, learning, research, service to society and patient care. The university offers the highest quality academic and extracurricular programs, along with the flexibility, opportunities and encouragement to develop the potential of its students.

Our faculty members are leaders in their fields. They care deeply about the subjects they study and about the students they teach. During or after class, our professors make a point of being approachable and accessible.

Our medium-sized university has approximately 6,500 full-time undergraduate students, 6,500 graduate students and about 1,000 nontraditional evening and weekend students in more than 90 programs and almost 1,900 courses leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.