Washington University in St Louis

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$54,250
3.53% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$27,108
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.42%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
13.9%
25,426 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
16,191
85.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
94.8%
1,528 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 (166 degrees awarded), General Finance (148 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (140 degrees).

In 2019, 5,616 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Washington University in St Louis. 52.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,563 degrees), 4.19 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (612 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $54,250, which is $25,750 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $54,250, which is $25,750 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,108.

In 2019, 45% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 17% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$54,250
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis was $54,250. The cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $25,750 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$27,108
2019 Value
2.95%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Washington University in St Louis had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,108. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Washington University in St Louis grew by 2.95%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,440
Room and Board
$1,010
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Washington University in St Louis was of $16,440 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,010. The cost of room and board increased by 2.71% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.81% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

45%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
17%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

45% of undergraduate students at Washington University in St Louis received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 4.26% with respect to 2018, when 47% 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.
1.42%
2017 Default Rate
22
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Washington University in St Louis was 1.42%, which represents 22 out of the 1547 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 25,426 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 18.8% annual decline. Out of those 25,426 applicants, 3,522 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 13.9% acceptance rate.

There were 16,191 students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis in 2019, and 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Washington University in St Louis has an overall enrollment yield of 49.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

13.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
3,522
Accepted Out of 25,426

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Washington University in St Louis was 13.9% (3,522 admissions from 25,426 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 15%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −18.8%, while admissions declined by −25.2%.

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SAT Scores

37%
Submission Percentage
646
Scores Submitted

37% of enrolled first-time students at Washington University in St Louis in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Washington University in St Louis has a total enrollment of 16,191 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 13,874 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,317. This means that 85.7% 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% White, 11.4% Asian, 7.67% Black or African American, 6.69% Hispanic or Latino, 3.76% Two or More Races, 0.241% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0679% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (24.5%), followed by White Male (23.7%) and Asian Female (8.77%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (20.5%), followed by White Male (14.6%) and Asian Female (3.98%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Washington University in St Louis, both undergraduate and graduate, is 16,191 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 13,874 and the part-time enrollment is 2,317. This means that 85.7% of students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%
2019 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
    6,958
  2. Asian
    1,839
  3. Black or African American
    1,242

The enrolled student population at Washington University in St Louis is 43% White, 11.4% Asian, 7.67% Black or African American, 6.69% Hispanic or Latino, 3.76% Two or More Races, 0.241% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0679% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 232 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 (2,563 degrees awarded). There were 4.19 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 (166 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (148 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (140 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 (675 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (110 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (67 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 Architects, except landscape and naval (105,211 people), Postsecondary teachers (85,554 people), Secondary school teachers (78,828 people), Other managers (75,230 people), and Software developers (63,100 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (675 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (110 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (67 degrees), Math & Statistics (188 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (108 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 Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Physicians, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (675 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (110 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (67 degrees), Math & Statistics (188 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (108 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 (184,698 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (147,464 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (141,070 people), Computer Systems Design (91,917 people), and Construction (57,143 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (675 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (110 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (67 degrees), Math & Statistics (188 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (108 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. 166 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 148 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 140 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Washington University in St Louis was Computer Science with 166 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

2,692
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,924
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 2,692 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis, which is 0.921 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,924).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 262 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.88 times more than the 139 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 184 degrees were awarded to women at Washington University in St Louis in Social Work, which is 6.34 times more than the 29 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

88%
100% Completion Time
94%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 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, 94% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Washington University in St Louis is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 3.34% of graduates (51 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,563 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    612 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    353 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Washington University in St Louis is white (2,563 degrees awarded). There were 4.19 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (612 degrees).

3.26% of degree recipients (183 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,286 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,277 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    314 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Washington University in St Louis is white male (1,286 degrees awarded). There were 1.01 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,277 degrees).

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Operations

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at nearly $8.13B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $637M (7.83%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Washington University in St Louis had a total salary expenditure of $3.36B. Washington University in St Louis employs 343 Professors, 209 Lecturers, and 189 Associate professors. Most academics at Washington University in St Louis are Male Professors (263), Male Associate professors(113), and Female Lecturers (111).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis are: Office and Administrative Support, with 647 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 645 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 569 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$8.13B
2019 Endowment
5.76%
growth from 2018

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at about $8.13B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Washington University in St Louis grew 5.76% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $7.82B 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. $574M - Federal
  2. $3.28M - State
  3. $649k - Local

As of 2019, Washington University in St Louis received $574M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.28M from state grants and contracts, and $649k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.54B
2019 Salaries
9.09%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Washington University in St Louis paid a median of $1.54B in salaries, which represents 46% of their overall expenditure ($3.36B) and a 9.09% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.86% growth from 2017 and a 6.77% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$143M
Instructional Salaries
1,010
Number of Employees

In 2019, Washington University in St Louis paid a total of $143M to 1,010 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.28% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
343 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
647 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Professor with 343 employees; Lecturer with 209 employees; and Lecturer with 189 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Office and Administrative Support with 647 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 645 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 569 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis was Male Professor with 263 employees, Male Associate professor with 113 employees, and Female Lecturer with 111 employees.

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

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