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Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MOhttps://www.wustl.edu
Students at Washington University in St. Louis say they study hard, like to party, love their school, and get frustrated if people haven't heard of it (or think it's in D.C. or Washington state). Academics are rigorous at the private research university, and students report that A's are elusive. As a result, competition is fierce -- especially among students in the popular engineering, social sciences, and business programs. But the university has a high graduation rate of 95%, and students earn an average of $62,300 five years into their careers, according to PayScale. It also has a thriving social scene. The Loop -- an area within walking distance of campus -- has restaurants, a movie theater and shopping, in addition to nightlife options. As far as campus goes, students at Washington U praise the amenities, particularly the food and dorms (they're modern, with air conditioning, carpet, laundry facilities, and big living spaces). Three-quarters of undergraduates join intramural sports teams like badminton, bowling, and table tennis. The school also brags that it's environmentally conscious, eliminating over half a million plastic bottles every year.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university has staggered its academic calendar so that students in different schools start and end the semester at different times. Courses are a combination of in-person, fully online, or a mix between the two.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$76,100
% of students who get any grants
47%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,200
Average price for low-income students
$6,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
15%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1520/34
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
7,360
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$4,320
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,080
Average salary within 5 years
$62,300
% earning more than $28,000
90%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 2

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university has staggered its academic calendar so that students in different schools start and end the semester at different times. Courses are a combination of in-person, fully online, or a mix between the two.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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