Washington University in St Louis

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$50,650

3.47% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$27,777

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.59%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

16%

30,463 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

15,303

86.6% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

94.2%

1,389 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 General Finance (191 degrees awarded), Computer Science (132 degrees), and General Psychology (131 degrees).

In 2017, 5,312 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Washington University in St Louis. 50.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,517 degrees), 3.68 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (684 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $50,650, which is $24,150 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $50,650, which is $24,150 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,777.

In 2017, 48% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 20% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$50,650

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis was $50,650. The cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $24,150 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$27,777

2017 Value

3.63%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Washington University in St Louis had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,777. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Washington University in St Louis grew by 3.63%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,596

Room and Board

$980

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Washington University in St Louis was of $15,596 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $980. The cost of room and board increased by 2.07% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.307% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

48%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

20%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

48% of undergraduate students at Washington University in St Louis received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 48% 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.

1.59%

2016 Default Rate

25

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Washington University in St Louis was 1.59%, which represents 25 out of the 1571 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 30,463 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.34% annual growth. Out of those 30,463 applicants, 4,863 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 16% acceptance rate.

There were 15,303 students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis in 2017, and 22% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Washington University in St Louis has an overall enrollment yield of 36.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

16%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

4,863

Accepted Out of 30,463

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Washington University in St Louis was 16% (4,863 admissions from 30,463 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 16.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 4.34%, while admissions grew by 0.746%.

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SAT Scores

22%

Submission Percentage

394

Scores Submitted

22% of enrolled first-time students at Washington University in St Louis in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Washington University in St Louis has a total enrollment of 15,303 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 13,248 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,055. This means that 86.6% 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 47.5% White, 12.2% Asian, 7.04% Black or African American, 6.37% Hispanic or Latino, 3.15% Two or More Races, 0.268% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0392% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (26.6%), followed by White Male (25.3%) and Asian Female (9.26%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (22%), followed by White Male (18.4%) and Asian Female (3.77%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Washington University in St Louis, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,303 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 13,248 and the part-time enrollment is 2,055. This means that 86.6% of students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%

2017 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 97%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

    7,266

  2. Asian

    1,865

  3. Black or African American

    1,078

The enrolled student population at Washington University in St Louis is 47.5% White, 12.2% Asian, 7.04% Black or African American, 6.37% Hispanic or Latino, 3.15% Two or More Races, 0.268% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0392% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 517 students (3.38%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 6 more women than men received degrees from Washington University in St Louis. The majority of degree recipients at Washington University in St Louis are white (2,517 degrees awarded). There were 3.68 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (684 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Washington University in St Louis is General Finance (191 degrees awarded), followed by Computer Science (132 degrees) and General Psychology (131 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 (566 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (152 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (78 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

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 Elementary & middle school teachers (94,926 people), Architects, except landscape and naval (87,147 people), Postsecondary teachers (80,603 people), Other managers (77,616 people), and Software developers (51,676 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (566 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (152 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (78 degrees), Math & Statistics (143 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (112 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

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 Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, Sales managers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (566 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (152 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (78 degrees), Math & Statistics (143 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (112 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

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 Elementary & secondary schools (187,756 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (145,582 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (138,429 people), Computer Systems Design (80,189 people), and Construction (52,943 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (566 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (152 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (78 degrees), Math & Statistics (143 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (112 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. 191 degrees awarded

  2. 132 degrees awarded

  3. 131 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Washington University in St Louis was General Finance with 191 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,653

  2. 2,659

In 2017, 2,653 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis, which is 0.998 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,659).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 268 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.96 times more than the 137 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 180 degrees were awarded to women at Washington University in St Louis in Social Work, which is 7.5 times more than the 24 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

86%

100% Completion Time

92%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 86% 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, 92% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 93% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Washington University in St Louis is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 5.4% of graduates (75 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,517 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    684 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    267 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Washington University in St Louis is white (2,517 degrees awarded). There were 3.68 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (684 degrees).

3.75% of degree recipients (199 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,264 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,253 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    352 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Washington University in St Louis is white female (1,264 degrees awarded). There were 1.01 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,253 degrees).

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Operations

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at nearly $7.21B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $811M (11.2%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Washington University in St Louis had a total salary expenditure of $2.89B. Washington University in St Louis employs 351 Professors, 196 Lecturers, and 174 Associate professors. Most academics at Washington University in St Louis are Male Professors (266), Female Lecturers(110), and Male Associate professors (103).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis are: Office and Administrative Support, with 658 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 588 employees, and Management with 526 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$7.21B

2017 Endowment

10.5%

growth from 2016

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at about $7.21B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Washington University in St Louis grew 10.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.93B 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. $506M - Federal

  2. $4.93M - State

  3. $777k - Local

As of 2017, Washington University in St Louis received $506M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.93M from state grants and contracts, and $777k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.31B

2017 Salaries

6.77%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Washington University in St Louis paid a median of $1.31B in salaries, which represents 45.3% of their overall expenditure ($2.89B) and a 6.77% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.07% growth from 2015 and a 4.46% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$128M

Instructional Salaries

950

Number of Employees

In 2017, Washington University in St Louis paid a total of $128M to 950 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

351 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

658 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Professor with 351 employees; Lecturer with 196 employees; and Lecturer with 174 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Office and Administrative Support with 658 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 588 employees; and Management with 526 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Lecturer

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis was Male Professor with 266 employees, Female Lecturer with 110 employees, and Male Associate professor with 103 employees.

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

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