Compliance & Policies

Washington University in St. Louis
Student Consumer Information

Washington University in St. Louis is a vibrant and diverse academic community of individuals and programs. The following consumer information is provided to benefit current and prospective students and their parents. Knowledgeable individuals are able to make informed decisions about their role, their actions, and their responsibilities within the community. Included are key items disclosed in accordance with the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA).

General Information

For general information about Washington University, please visit www.wustl.edu or call (314) 935-5000.

For information about admission to Washington University, please visit www.admissions.wustl.edu.

The university is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning. Its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society. Information about undergraduate and graduate programs, physical facilities, and the faculty can be found on the following sites:

Course Catalog Bulletins and Handbooks

Bulletins published by each school include specific information on programs of study, course descriptions, instructional facilities, faculty, accreditation and licensure, degree requirements, and course offerings. Each school's policies regarding transfer of credit, articulation agreements, refunds, withdrawal and return of federal financial aid, academic integrity and other policies important to students can be found in the bulletins published by and are available from each school.

Washington University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Our next accreditation visit is scheduled for 2014. In addition to the university-wide accreditation, each of Washington University's six schools is accredited in regular intervals by their school's professional organization. For information call University Accreditation Programs (314) 935-5623. Student may submit complaints to the Higher Learning Commission at complaints@hlcommission.org or to the Missouri Department of Higher Education at http://dhe.mo.gov/contactus.php.

Career Center Resources

Students who attend Washington University are successful. Ninety six percent of entering freshmen are retained into the sophomore year; 94 percent will graduate. The resources and services of the Career Center and Olin Business School's Weston Career Center are available to students from the day they arrive on campus, throughout their academic career and beyond, for undergraduate and graduate students alike. The Career Center's Annual Report provides more information on the composition of the student body, student diversity, internships and research opportunities and employment trends for our graduates.

Disability Resources

The university offers programs and support to students with disabilities through Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning.

Additional Student Information

Below are links to more important student information:

Student Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects information about students. The law generally gives students the right to:

  • Inspect and review education records
  • Seek the amendment of education records
  • Consent to certain disclosures of education records
  • Obtain a copy of the university's FERPA policy
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education

For more information about FERPA and the university's FERPA policy visit Privacy of Student Records−Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Health & Safety

The University’s Student Health Services at both campuses, http://shs.wustl.edu/ and http://wusmhealth.wustl.edu/, provide comprehensive health and wellness services to students, including drug and alcohol safety and prevention programs:

Other health and safety policies include:

Student Outcomes

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education.

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Student Financial Aid

For information about federal student financial aid and assistance, grants, scholarships and assistance withdrawal and refunds visit Student Financial Services or call Student Financial Assistance Counseling at (888) 547-6670.

For information about School of Medicine financial aid and assistance visit the School of Medicine's Office of Student Financial Planning or call the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at (314) 362-6845.

For additional information:

A paper copy of the information contained on this website may be obtained by contacting the Office of the University Registrar or by calling (314) 935-5959.