Washington University in St Louis

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$48,950

3.49% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$28,824

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.02%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

16.5%

29,197 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

15,047

86.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

94%

1,522 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 Psychology (178 degrees awarded), General Finance (140 degrees), and Computer Science (125 degrees).

In 2016, 5,005 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Washington University in St Louis. 49.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,464 degrees), 3.96 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (623 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $48,950, which is $23,094 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $48,950, which is $23,094 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $28,824.

In 2016, 48% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 19% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$48,950

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis was $48,950. The cost of tuition at Washington University in St Louis is $23,094 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$28,824

2016 Value

13.3%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Washington University in St Louis had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $28,824. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Washington University in St Louis grew by 13.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,280

Room and Board

$977

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Washington University in St Louis was of $15,280 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $977. The cost of room and board increased by 8.12% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.98% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

48%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

19%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

48% of undergraduate students at Washington University in St Louis received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 2.04% with respect to 2015, when 49% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.02%

2015 Default Rate

17

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Washington University in St Louis was 1.02%, which represents 17 out of the 1672 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 29,197 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 0.212% annual decline. Out of those 29,197 applicants, 4,827 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 16.5% acceptance rate.

There were 15,047 students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis in 2016, and 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Washington University in St Louis has an overall enrollment yield of 36.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

16.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

4,827

Accepted Out of 29,197

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Washington University in St Louis was 16.5% (4,827 admissions from 29,197 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 16.7%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -0.212%, while admissions declined by -1.45%.

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SAT Scores

37%

Submission Percentage

662

Scores Submitted

37% of enrolled first-time students at Washington University in St Louis in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Washington University in St Louis has a total enrollment of 15,047 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 12,959 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,088. This means that 86.1% 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 48.7% White, 12.8% Asian, 6.33% Black or African American, 5.69% Hispanic or Latino, 3.01% Two or More Races, 0.299% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0332% 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 (26.1%) and Asian Female (9.62%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (22.1%), followed by White Male (19.5%) and Asian Female (4.38%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Washington University in St Louis, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,047 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington University in St Louis is 12,959 and the part-time enrollment is 2,088. This means that 86.1% of students enrolled at Washington University in St Louis are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%

2016 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 96%. 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

    7,332

  2. Asian

    1,932

  3. Black or African American

    953

The enrolled student population at Washington University in St Louis is 48.7% White, 12.8% Asian, 6.33% Black or African American, 5.69% Hispanic or Latino, 3.01% Two or More Races, 0.299% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0332% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 549 students (3.65%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 29 fewer women than men received degrees from Washington University in St Louis. The majority of degree recipients at Washington University in St Louis are white (2,464 degrees awarded). There were 3.96 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (623 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Washington University in St Louis is General Psychology (178 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (140 degrees) and Computer Science (125 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 (494 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (131 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (71 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 Miscellaneous managers (400,071 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (338,907 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (298,531 people), Civil engineers (231,653 people), and Mechanical engineers (151,376 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (494 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (131 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (71 degrees), Engineering (623 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (120 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 Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Real estate brokers & sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (494 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (131 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (71 degrees), Engineering (623 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (120 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 (515,764 people), Computer Systems Design (381,407 people), Construction (262,824 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (214,785 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (167,373 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington University in St Louis are Legal (494 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (131 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (71 degrees), Engineering (623 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (120 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. 178 degrees awarded

  2. 140 degrees awarded

  3. 125 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Washington University in St Louis was General Psychology with 178 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,517

  2. 2,488

In 2016, 2,517 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis, which is 1.01 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,488).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 276 degrees were awarded to men at Washington University in St Louis in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.68 times more than the 103 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 211 degrees were awarded to women at Washington University in St Louis in Social Work, which is 8.44 times more than the 25 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

90%

100% Completion Time

95%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 90% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Washington University in St Louis is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 4.01% of graduates (61 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,464 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    623 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    269 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Washington University in St Louis is white (2,464 degrees awarded). There were 3.96 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (623 degrees).

4.2% of degree recipients (210 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,265 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,199 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Male

    342 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Washington University in St Louis is white male (1,265 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,199 degrees).

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Operations

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at nearly $6.89B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $323M (4.68%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Washington University in St Louis had a total expenditure of $2.51B. Of that $2.51B, they spent $1.19B on salaries and $2.51B on benefits.

Washington University in St Louis employs 386 Professors, 193 Lecturers, and 174 Associate professors. Most academics at Washington University in St Louis are Male Professors (289), Female Lecturers(112), and Male Associate professors (106).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis are: Office and Administrative Support, with 659 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 550 employees, and Management with 488 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.89B

2015 Endowment

2.53%

growth from 2014

Washington University in St Louis has an endowment valued at about $6.89B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Washington University in St Louis grew 2.53% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.62B 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. $451M - Federal

  2. $3.14M - State

  3. $1.08M - Local

As of 2015, Washington University in St Louis received $451M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.14M from state grants and contracts, and $1.08M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$1.19B

Salary Expenditure

$2.51B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Washington University in St Louis had a total expenditure of $2.51B. Of that $2.51B, they spent $1.19B on salaries and $2.51B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Washington University in St Louis as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$1.19B

2015 Salaries

4.46%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Washington University in St Louis paid a median of $1.19B in salaries, which represents 47.5% of their overall expenditure ($2.51B) and a 4.46% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.34% growth from 2013 and a 4.47% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$118M

Instructional Salaries

911

Number of Employees

In 2015, Washington University in St Louis paid a total of $118M to 911 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.87% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

386 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

659 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Professor with 386 employees; Lecturer with 193 employees; and Lecturer with 174 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis were Office and Administrative Support with 659 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 550 employees; and Management with 488 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Washington University in St Louis was Male Professor with 289 employees, Female Lecturer with 112 employees, and Male Associate professor with 106 employees.

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

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