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Washington University

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University is a place where you can push the boundaries of what it means to learn. We are enriched by wide-ranging exploration and inspired by big ideas as we create new knowledge for an ever-changing world.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Your academic journey at Washington University in St. Louis can include exploring multiple disciplines because crossing academic boundaries is a WashU specialty. You will learn from faculty who care deeply about the subjects they study and the students they teach as you join our community of bold, independent, creative thinkers.

Join a community of individuals pursuing their intellectual passions and working together to discover solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Ours is a collaborative, inclusive, engaged and vibrant campus community.

From world-class professional performances, lectures and exhibitions to concerts, theater, dance, art shows and writing workshops, we are a leading resource for cultural offerings in the St. Louis region and beyond.


Washington University in St. Louis’ mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching and learning.

Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Washington University’s faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country and the world.


All Student Theatre: At the end of every spring semester, students from all majors select, produce, and perform a play on Beaumont Pavilion. 

Art Prom: Each spring, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts hosts a creative “formal” dance.

Bauhaus: Each Halloween, the College of Architecture holds a costume party. 

Black Anthology: This student production celebrates African-American history and culture, and educates our community.

Carnaval: This event celebrates Latin American cultures through dance, music, and skits.

Cheap Lunch: Sponsored by EnCouncil, Cheap Lunch is held every Wednesday throughout the academic year. For a small price, you get pizza and all-you-can-eat chips and cookies.

Dance Marathon: Twelve hours of non-stop dancing that benefits the Children’s Miracle Network.

Diwali: Sold-out performances celebrating the Indian Festival of Lights.

First 40: New students participate in a wide-ranging series of social and cultural events, including an all-class party at the Science Center, during the "First 40" days of classes.

Home Plate: A program that matches students with a local family who provides home-cooked meals several times a semester.

Lunar New Year Festival: This popular performance celebrates Asian cultures.

Moonlight Breakfast: During reading week each semester, faculty and staff serve free breakfast to students for a late-night study break.

Red Alert: Fun and school spirit are reflected in Red Alert, the student fan group for Washington University athletics.

Relay for Life: This 12-hour team walking event benefits the American Cancer Society.

Residential College Olympics: Annual competition between Residential Colleges in a wide variety of fun events such as basketball, dodgeball, tug-of-war, and Twister.

Meet St. Louis: Through a wide variety of half-day, small group experiences, first-year students can discover, engage, and reflect on community development efforts and service opportunities in St. Louis.

Thurtene Carnival: The nation’s oldest and largest student-sponsored fair, with proceeds going to charity, is attended every April by thousands.

Underpass: The underpass between the South 40 residential area and Danforth Campus is a popular walkway. Student groups often paint the ceiling and walls of the passageway to advertise news and upcoming events.

Vertigo: Dance party sponsored by the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

WILD (Walk In Lay Down): Held twice each year, this popular festival features plenty of refreshments and music by a nationally recognized band.

Student Life:

Students can opt to live off campus in our surrounding neighborhoods, including the Delmar Loop – called by the American Planning Association “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” – in The Lofts of WashU.

Get involved and explore your passions with the hundreds of student-run groups on campus.

Intramural Sports are a fun and relaxing way to get to know a lot of people through organized recreational activities. Intramural Sports offers over 25 leagues and events throughout the academic year for all members of the WashU community.



On December 18, 1925, Chancellor Herbert S. Hadley held an open meeting of the student body to discuss the issue of an athletic mascot for the school. Several mascots were considered, including the Eagle, the Bearcat, and the Bear. Retaining the name Pikers was also discussed. In the end, the students voted 320-106 to change the name to Bears.

Washington U today:

Through our seven schools, we provide you with opportunities for in-depth study in a range of subjects, as well as for collaboration across disciplines. We offer more than 90 fields of study and 1,500 courses. With our interdisciplinary approach, you will be able to fully explore your interests and follow your passions.


Washington Unviersity in St. Louis has an enrollment of more than 7,500 undergraduate students and 7,600 graduate and professional students.

Famous graduates:

Steve Fossett (born April 22, 1944) was an American businessman and adventurer. He was a successful businessman, but was most known for his 116 adventurous feats. Fossett is a record holder for the first solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon (1995), first solo trip around the world in a hot-air balloon (2002), fastest travel around the globe in a sailboat (2004), first solo nonstop journey around the world in an airplane (2005) and highest altitude traveled in a sailplane (2006). In September 2007, Fossett disappeared while flying a plane over the Sierra Nevada. In October 3, 2008, searchers found his remains in the Sierra Nevada along with wreckage from his plane.

George Zimmer (born November 21, 1948) is an American entrepreneur. He is widely known as the founder, former Executive Chairman (1973 – 2013) and former CEO (1973 – 2011) of the Men's Wearhouse, a men's clothing retailer that has more than 1,200 stores across the U.S. and Canada under the brands Moores, Men's Wearhouse and K&G Superstores. Zimmer is currently the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Generation Tux, an online tuxedo and suit rental platform, and zTailors, a national network of on-demand tailors for both men and women.

Interesting facts about WashU:

WashU has a number of famous students who dropped out: Tennessee Williams left the school to protest not winning the school’s poetry prize, Enterprise Rent-a-Car founder Jack C. Taylor left to fight in World War II, and Marilyn vos Savant, the world’s highest IQ holder, claimed she left because she was bored.

As a private research university, WashU prides itself on the opportunity its undergraduates have to participate in advanced research. More than 60% of undergraduates are involved in faculty research, a surprisingly high percentage.

We all have a sense of what a “healthy” lifestyle is, but how can a building promote that? WashU’s Hillman Hall has “healthy” features, including access to stairways, tons of natural light, indoor plants, collaborative spaces, standing desks, and walking paths. These features are meant to promote more physical activity and less sedentary behavior.