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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 94%, and students earn an average of $62,700 three years into their careers. 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$75,200
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,700
Average price for low-income students
$5,720
admissions
Acceptance rate
16%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1520/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
7,253
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$5,305
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,500
Average salary within 3 years
$62,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
54%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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