Washington University in St Louis

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$56,300
3.78% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$27,233
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.17%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
16%
27,949 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
15,449
85.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
94.4%
1,622 Graduates

About

Washington University in St Louis is a higher education institution located in St. Louis County, MO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Washington University in St Louis were Computer Science (180 degrees awarded), General Finance (160 degrees), and Experimental Psychology (120 degrees).

In 2020, 5,890 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Washington University in St Louis. 53.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,477 degrees), 4.05 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (612 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $56,300, which is $27,671 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $56,300, which is $27,671 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,233.

In 2020, 45% of undergraduate students attending Washington University in St Louis received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 16% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$56,300
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis was $56,300. The cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $27,671 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$27,233
2020 Value
0.461%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Washington University in St Louis had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,233. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Washington University in St Louis grew by 0.461%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,900
Room and Board
$1,126
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Washington University in St Louis was of $16,900 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,126. The cost of room and board increased by 2.8% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 11.5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

45%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
16%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

45% of undergraduate students at Washington University in St Louis received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 45% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.17%
2018 Default Rate
19
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Washington University in St Louis was 1.17%, which represents 19 out of the 1623 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Washington University in St Louis received 27,949 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 9.92% annual growth. Out of those 27,949 applicants, 4,477 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 16% acceptance rate.

There were 15,449 students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis in 2020, and 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Washington University in St Louis has an overall enrollment yield of 40.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

16%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,477
Accepted Out of 27,949

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Washington University in St Louis was 16% (4,477 admissions from 27,949 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 13.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 9.92%, while admissions grew by 27.1%.

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SAT Scores

37%
Submission Percentage
661
Scores Submitted

37% of enrolled first-time students at Washington University in St Louis in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Washington University in St Louis has a total enrollment of 15,449 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 13,204 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,245. This means that 85.5% of students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Washington University in St Louis, both undergraduate and graduate, is 43.8% White, 12.9% Asian, 7.59% Black or African American, 7.52% Hispanic or Latino, 3.99% Two or More Races, 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0906% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (24.1%), followed by White Male (23%) and Asian Female (9.89%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (21.3%), followed by White Male (16.7%) and Asian Female (4.54%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Washington University in St Louis, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,449 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 13,204 and the part-time enrollment is 2,245. This means that 85.5% of students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

94%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Washington University in St Louis was 94%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Washington University in St Louis had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,766
  2. Asian
    1,998
  3. Black or African American
    1,173

The enrolled student population at Washington University in St Louis is 43.8% White, 12.9% Asian, 7.59% Black or African American, 7.52% Hispanic or Latino, 3.99% Two or More Races, 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0906% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 360 more women than men received degrees from Washington University in St Louis. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Washington University in St Louis is white (2,477 degrees awarded). There were 4.05 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (612 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Washington University in St Louis is Computer Science (180 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (160 degrees) and Experimental Psychology (120 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Washington University in St Louis, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (637 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (119 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Software developers (396,011 people), Other managers (336,955 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (319,190 people), Civil engineers (250,670 people), and Mechanical engineers (181,912 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (637 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (119 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees), Math & Statistics (182 degrees), and Engineering (680 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Dentists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (637 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (119 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees), Math & Statistics (182 degrees), and Engineering (680 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Architectural, engineering & related services (529,311 people), Computer Systems Design (448,862 people), Construction (286,323 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (239,151 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (182,670 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (637 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (119 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (89 degrees), Math & Statistics (182 degrees), and Engineering (680 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Washington University in St Louis.
Most Common
  1. 180 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 160 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 120 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Washington University in St Louis was Computer Science with 180 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,765
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,125
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,765 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis, which is 0.885 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,125).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 233 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis in Computer Science, which is 3.48 times more than the 67 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 212 degrees were awarded to women at Washington University in St Louis in Social Work, which is 4.82 times more than the 44 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

88%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 88% of students graduating from Washington University in St Louis completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 95% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 95% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (97.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Washington University in St Louis is Female and Asian (97.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.66% of graduates (27 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,477 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    612 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    441 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Washington University in St Louis is white (2,477 degrees awarded). There were 4.05 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (612 degrees).

3.46% of degree recipients (204 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,327 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,150 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    328 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Washington University in St Louis is white female (1,327 degrees awarded). There were 1.15 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,150 degrees).

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Operations

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at nearly $8.49B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $862M (10.1%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Washington University in St Louis had a total salary expenditure of $3.56B. Washington University in St Louis employs 364 Professors, 212 Lecturers, and 181 Associate professors. Most academics at Washington University in St Louis are Male Professors (273), Female Lecturers(117), and Male Associate professors (109).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis are: Business and Financial Operations, with 647 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 598 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 592 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$8.49B
2020 Endowment
4.41%
growth from 2019

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at about $8.49B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Washington University in St Louis grew 4.41% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.19B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $594M - Federal
  2. $4.17M - State
  3. $795k - Local

As of 2020, Washington University in St Louis received $594M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.17M from state grants and contracts, and $795k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.62B
2020 Salaries
5.18%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Washington University in St Louis paid a median of $1.62B in salaries, which represents 45.6% of their overall expenditure ($3.56B) and a 5.18% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 9.09% growth from 2018 and a 7.86% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$148M
Instructional Salaries
1,026
Number of Employees

In 2020, Washington University in St Louis paid a total of $148M to 1,026 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.12% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
364 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
647 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Professor with 364 employees; Lecturer with 212 employees; and Lecturer with 181 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Business and Financial Operations with 647 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 598 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 592 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Lecturer
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis was Male Professor with 273 employees, Female Lecturer with 117 employees, and Male Associate professor with 109 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Washington University in St Louis.

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