C R E AT E
YOUR FUTURE 2020
T H E N E XT G R E AT C H A PT E R I N
D I S COV E R Y STA RTS W I T H B I G A S P I R AT I O N S A N D R E A L P R O G R E SS CO M E S F R O M PA SS I O N AT E P E RS I ST E N C E . At WashU, you will draw strength from a community of achievers who inspire each other with their creativity and tenacity.
WashU STUDENTS ARE GROUNDED AND GUTSY. You don’t shy away from a challenge. You persist — as long as it takes to reach your goals. WashU graduates acquire the confidence and skills to succeed as professionals and as people, ready to change the world. Employers understand the value of a WashU degree — they seek it out.
ACADEMICS COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES African & African-American Studies American Culture Studies Ancient Studies Anthropology (including Global Health & Environment)
Arabic Archaeology Art History & Archaeology Asian-American Studies* Biology
(including Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Ecology/Evolution, Genomics/Computation, Microbiology, Neuroscience)
Childrenâ€™s Studies* Chinese Language & Culture Classics Comparative Arts Comparative Literature Dance Data Science in the Humanities* Drama Earth & Planetary Sciences
(including Environmental Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geology)
East Asian Studies Economics
(including Applied Microeconomics*)
(including Applied Linguistics, Educational Studies, Elementary Teacher Education, Middle School Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education)
(including Creative Writing Focus)
Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis* Environmental Studies
(including Environmental Biology, Environmental Earth Sciences, Environmental Policy)
Film & Media Studies French Germanic Languages & Literatures Global Film & Media Studies* Hebrew History Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities International & Area Studies (including Development, Eurasian, European, Global Cultural Studies, International Affairs)
Italian Japanese Language & Culture Jewish, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Korean Language & Culture
Latin American Studies Legal Studies* Linguistics Mathematics & Computer Science Mathematics & Statistics Medical Humanities* Medieval & Renaissance Studies* Music (including Jazz Studies*)
(including Research, Law & Policy, Philosophy of Science)
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (including Cognitive Neuroscience, Language Cognition Culture)
(including Astrophysics & Astroparticle Physics*, Biomedical Physics*)
Political Science Psychological & Brain Sciences
(including Cognitive Neuroscience)
Religion & Politics* Religious Studies Romance Languages & Literatures Russian Language & Literature* Sociology South Asian Languages & Cultures (Hindi)*
Spanish Speech & Hearing Sciences* Text & Tradition* Urban Studies World Music, Dance & Theater* Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Writing*
MCKELVEY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL Accounting Business & Computer Science*** Business of Analytics* Business of the Arts* Business of Entertainment* Business of Social Impact* Business of Sports* Economics & Strategy Entrepreneurship Finance Financial Engineering** Healthcare Management International Business* Marketing Operations & Supply Chain Management Organization & Strategic Management
SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN & VISUAL ARTS COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Architecture COLLEGE OF ART Bachelor of Fine Arts Art
(with optional concentrations in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture)
Communication Design Fashion Design Bachelor of Arts Art Design
(with optional concentrations in Communication and Fashion)
Aerospace Engineering* Applied Physics & Electrical Engineering Bioinformatics* Biomedical Engineering Business & Computer Science*** Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Computer Science + Math Electrical Engineering Energy Engineering* Environmental Engineering Financial Engineering** Materials Science & Engineering* Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics* Nanoscale Science & Engineering* Robotics* Systems Science & Engineering
Apply The Common Application may be submitted electronically at commonapp.org. The Coalition Application is available at coalitionapp.org. Visit admissions.wustl.edu or call us at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000.
*Minor only **Second major only ***Joint degree only
In the College of Arts & Sciences, you inhabit a world of exploration, research, and discovery — a universe of knowledge and personal understanding shaped by you, for you. You can develop your interests and realize your unique potential while learning about what came before, what is happening now, where we are going, and how to make a difference. The largest undergraduate division, the College of Arts & Sciences offers over 70 majors and minors to allow you the flexibility of finding your own path to reach your goals. We prepare you for the future, regardless of what your future holds. Learning, teaching, and research are at the heart of all that we do. And as you work side by side with renowned faculty, you’ll experience how breakthroughs — scientific or creative, academic or personal — happen when ideas collide.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
of math and science majors participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research.
of Arts & Sciences students enroll in a first-year seminar or special program.
of students who participate in our PreHealth advising program are admitted to medical school the first time they apply.
At Olin, we know time and experiences matter. And that the more you learn, the more opportunities you have to grow and become the person you want to be. As a WashU Olin business student, you’ll begin your studies and your immersion in business on day one. Here, you’ll have an experience like no other — with a full four years to discover and develop your passions to create a world of change, for good. Olin’s curriculum is carefully crafted to give you a solid business foundation in your first-year core classes, so you encounter realworld learning opportunities and have a great jumping-off point for exploring career options that interest you most. Our interdisciplinary approach includes a high number of electives, which allows you to pursue interests outside the business school.
OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL
of Olin students study abroad.
of business courses have fewer than 50 students enrolled.
of BSBA students over the last 5 years reported accepting a job within 90 days of graduation.
At the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, you’ll join a close-knit community of engaged architecture, art, and design students who are working to create positive change in the world. Our programs bring together in-depth studies in your chosen major — architecture, art, communication design, or fashion design — with a strong liberal arts foundation, allowing you to explore subjects and interests across WashU. For those students pursuing primary degrees in other disciplines, we offer many avenues to supplement your studies with minors, second majors, and electives. Our faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields, are deeply committed to teaching each and every student. You’ll learn to work with many different materials; engage with communities, people, and situations carefully and with empathy; communicate with diverse audiences; utilize research processes in visual development; and respond to social, environmental, and economic challenges. We provide the advising and resources you need to carve out your own path. Our superior facilities and work spaces support many kinds of making and research. Explore the exceptional collection and world-class exhibitions of our Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum with your free student membership, and engage in community-based work outside of campus through our Office for Socially Engaged Practice.
SAM FOX SCHOOL COLLEGE OF ART COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE MILDRED LANE KEMPER ART MUSEUM
student-faculty ratio in most studio classes, promoting individualized attention and a positive creative culture.
of alumni reporting are employed in creative professions, or enrolled in graduate programs or residencies, by the fall after they graduate.
of our students complete a minor, second major, or dual degree.
Engineering students at WashU don’t just learn about the challenges facing society — they solve them. As a student at the McKelvey School of Engineering, you’ll work with accomplished faculty to go beyond scientific theory and tackle real-world challenges. Building smarter, more secure computer networks. Providing clean drinking water. Developing life-saving medical devices. We offer more than 10 undergraduate degree programs to fit your interests and to help achieve your academic goals. Enhance your studies even further by pursuing a minor, a second major, or a combined graduate degree. Courses in computer-aided design, engineering mathematics, data science, and technical writing will serve as the foundation. Continue your education through design projects, internships, and research opportunities with faculty. No matter what you study, you’ll gain hands-on experience in design, research, and computing. You’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies through our state-of-the-art facilities and makerspace. Outside the classroom, you can study abroad and be part of student groups and entrepreneurship competitions. At WashU, you will have a fully-rounded student experience that will take what you have learned and apply it in the real world. Engineering graduates pursue careers in technology, medicine, public policy, and business. Join a global community of engineers that has changed the way people live, work, and play.
MCKELVEY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
of first-year students are women or from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio.
of reporting BS graduates secured post-graduate opportunities â€” jobs, graduate school, or internships â€” within six months of graduation.
BEYOND BOUNDARIES The Beyond Boundaries Program is a prestigious, competitive program that equips students to make a real difference in a complicated world. BeyondBoundaries.wustl.edu
Beyond Boundaries allows you to enter WashU unaffiliated with any one division. The program provides the opportunity to address challenges that do not reside within the territory of a single discipline. If youâ€™re talented, self-initiated, and selfmotivated, and you want to pursue broad interdisciplinary interests through a unique experience that requires collaboration across academic disciplines and perspectives, you should consider applying to this program.
MY FIRST YEAR AT WashU
FIRST-YEAR STUDENT Anthony HOMETOWN St. Louis, MO SCHOOL McKelvey School of Engineering MAJOR/MINOR Major in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Sports Business
ANTHONY’S MONDAY SCHEDULE 6:30–8 a.m.
Weightlifting with teammates
11 a.m.–12 p.m. 12–1 p.m. 1–2:30 p.m.
Physics Grab lunch from the Village Cafeteria Microeconomics
Hang out and eat dinner with other football players, and read/do homework
WHY WASHU? WashU is one of the best universities in the world, and has provided me with extraordinary opportunities to grow my knowledge and abilities while still offering a fun social life. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO IN THE FUTURE? In the near future, I’d like to spend a summer researching with the engineering department here on campus at WashU. However, after graduation, it’s my dream to work in the performance car industry as an engineer for a race team. FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS? The Village Cafeteria — it has the best grill on campus, and is quiet enough to study and get my work done.
FIRST-YEAR STUDENT Shaelee HOMETOWN Millis, MA SCHOOL Sam Fox School College of Arts & Sciences MAJORS/MINOR Double major in Studio Art and English, with a concentration in Creative Writing WHY WASHU? I felt torn between my love for art and my passion for writing. I was constantly getting pulled into many different directions when it came to looking at colleges. When I found out that I could study both at WashU, I was sold. I would finally be able to give both of my interests equal attention! WHAT WAS THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU LEARNED DURING YOUR FIRST YEAR? I never imagined that the “required” classes within other disciplines would not only be enjoyable for me but would also overlap with my interests. These classes have provided me with new perspectives as to how to view coursework in my particular areas of study, and have shown me how interdisciplinary studies can interact and expand our horizons.
SHAELEE’S WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE 7:45 a.m.
Take the shuttle to Sam Fox School, and grab a coffee and muffin from Etta’s Cafe
11 a.m. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Eat lunch at Grounds for Change Natural Disasters
Head back to Res Hall to relax, clean room, or do laundry
Pick up dinner from DUC and eat at Mallinckrodt with friends, and complete homework/reading assignments
Inklings in Bears Den (poetry workshop for WUSlam)
WHAT’S NEXT? Baseball Operations Associate with the New York Yankees
HOMETOWN Morris Plains, NJ
WHY WashU? I didn’t choose a school, I chose a home. After Celebration Weekend, I felt a natural sense of community and comfort at WashU that I had not experienced elsewhere. I knew the academics would challenge me, and allow me to follow interdisciplinary passions. I know I made the right decision — I am about to start my dream job, and WashU put me on the path to get to where I am today.
DEGREES Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in probability and statistics Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Strategy
ADVICE FOR INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS? Do what interests you to the best of your ability, and everything will work out! If I had to do it all over again, I would choose to follow my passions sooner. Do what you love, and don’t let anything hold you back.
SENIOR Lisa HOMETOWN Woodbridge, CT DEGREE/MINOR Bachelor of Art in Cognitive Neuroscience Minor in Global Health & the Environment
WHAT’S NEXT? Two-year post-baccalaureate research fellowship focused on the neuroscience of depression in children at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD WHY WashU? I picked WashU because I wanted a school that excelled in neuroscience research while also giving me the opportunity to compete in cross country and track. WashU has a great balance between academics and extracurricular opportunities, and the administration, professors, and advisors are all so supportive of the students. I can easily say that coming to WashU was the best decision I ever made — I have made great friends I know I will keep for life, I’ve gotten to be a part of a really special team through cross country and track and field, and I’ve gotten to ask really exciting questions in my research. FAVORITE CLASS? My favorite class was “Inside the Disordered Brain: The Biological Basis of the Major Mental Disorders” with Dr. Ryan Bogdan. The class teaches you all about certain neural circuits, how they lead to behavior, and then how disruptions in these circuits can result in mental illness.
Jennifer R. Smith DEAN, COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES PROFESSOR, EARTH & PLANETARY SCIENCES
As dean, Jen Smith is responsible for the university’s liberal arts curriculum as well as student academic life in the College of Arts & Sciences, from admission through graduation and onward to postgraduate success. As a professor and geologist, she works to discover how the earth’s surface and climate have evolved during archaeologically important times. Field research gives her a chance to combine a love of the outdoors and travel with her scientific curiosity.
DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH AND HOW STUDENTS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED. My research attempts to understand and explain how past environmental changes may have influenced human societies. I work collaboratively with archaeologists who reconstruct human economies and behaviors, and I use the geochemistry and physical properties of nearby sediments to determine what the climate and landscape were like during the time of human occupation. Over the years, I have worked in Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Croatia. WashU undergrads were involved in research in my lab, performing analyses on samples I brought back, testing new methods of extracting climate signals from these sediments. One student worked in Croatia for two summers, mapping a valley containing an archaeological site, trying to understand how the beginnings of agriculture influenced soil erosion in the region. WHY DO YOU LOVE WashU? I’m excited to come here every day to be surrounded by such fascinating and eternally fascinated people. You will learn as much from your peers as you will from your faculty, and your faculty are really impressive. That tells you something about your peers.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT WashU STUDENTS? HOW HAVE THEY IMPACTED YOU IN YOUR TEACHING AND IN YOUR RESEARCH? WashU students ask the best questions! Their curiosity, intelligence, and drive to understand take them beyond being just good students who learn what is taught. Their questioning — in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field — has pushed me to consider things differently, to try new approaches to solving a research problem. WHAT DO YOU HOPE EVERY WashU STUDENT GETS FROM HIS OR HER EXPERIENCE? I hope that WashU students find, at the end of their four years with us, that their world is bigger, more complex, and more fascinating than it was when they started. I hope what they have learned — all the ideas they have discovered or been introduced to — has shown them a myriad of ways for them to connect with the world and the people around them. Most of all, I hope they leave us with the desire and the tools to keep learning, to bring their talents to bear on making the world a better place.
As a WashU graduate, you’ll have the skills, leadership, and collaboration that employers want — a combination rarely found and highly sought after.
YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ARE LIMITLESS Employers
Where did the class of 2018 end up?
students landed a full or part- time job
227 82 73 65 57 36
Graduate School Medical School Internship Seeking Employment Research Law School
Industries 74% OF 2018 GRADS ARE ENTERING THE WORKFORCE*
30 30 25 18 5 4
Seeking Further Education Volunteer Not Seeking Employment Entrepreneur Military Co-Op
23% ARE PURSUING FURTHER EDUCATION* Baylor College of Medicine Boston University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Colorado State University Columbia University Duke University Georgetown University Harvard University New York University Northwestern University Princeton University Rutgers University Saint Louis University Stanford University University of California University of Illinois University of Pennsylvania University of Texas University of Virginia Vanderbilt University Washington University
Primary & Secondary Education
*An additional 1% of students are not seeking employment and 2% of students did not respond. Industries, Employers, and Schools listed are representative; not a complete list.
CAMPUS LIFE This is WashU. Letâ€™s explore together.
All new students live on campus, in the South 40 residential area. Itâ€™s almost like a small town, with a fitness center, fields to play, and student-run businesses.
WashU TRADITIONS With 165 years of history, ours is a community rich in traditions.
Lunar New Year Festival is one of my favorite traditions here on campus. It’s a time of year during which the Asian and Asian-American community comes alive. With the months leading up to the performance, the dancers and actors are all working their hardest to put on a one-of-a-kind show. Being a part of this has been absolutely amazing. Moonlight Breakfast is absolutely my favorite WashU tradition. At the end of each semester, professors from all over campus participate in serving students an entire FREE breakfast buffet! From 10 p.m. to midnight, breakfast connoisseurs like myself can eat anything and everything they’d like, all while decompressing from classes and surrounded by their closest friends. The dining halls are packed, and at least one person manages to bring a giant speaker as well, so music is playing and people are dancing all around. It’s a shame it only comes twice a year. —Mason, Class of 2021
—Hanlu, Class of 2020 WILD has to be one of my favorite traditions on campus. I mean, who doesn't love free food and free music? It's a great time for students to come together at the end of every semester and destress with a huge concert. Just a couple semesters ago, I got to see Jason Derulo. I was so excited that I made all of my friends show up super early so we could stand in the front. However, it was worth it in the end because Jason highfived me in the middle of the concert. It was a pretty unforgettable experience. —AJ, Class of 2020
My favorite part of Convocation is walking from Sumers Rec Center to Brookings Quad. The path is lined with very excited parents and family members, creating an environment that welcomes not just new students but families as well. The feeling of being cheered on by parents who you haven’t met, wishing you good luck, is an incredibly fulfilling experience. It sets the stage for being a part of a supportive community for the next four years. —Lexi, Class of 2020 My favorite WashU tradition is Thurtene! It is the oldest student-run carnival in the nation, and it’s really incredible to feel like I'm part of a tradition that has been a fixture in the WashU and St. Louis communities for that long. As a first-year student, I spent a lot of time working on the set for a one-act play my sorority and a fraternity wrote and performed together. On the day of the carnival, it was so exciting to watch everyone come together for the rides, performances, and alumni reunion. Standing in the shadow of Brookings Hall, I'd never felt more connected to the history of the school, and that's a feeling I'll never forget. —Katharine, Class of 2020
Curious. Creative. Entrepreneurial St. Louis. WashU is a world-class research university with roots firmly in St. Louis. Welcome to the neighborhood.
SCHOLAR CHAMPIONS WashU sponsors 19 varsity sports — nine men’s sports and 10 women’s sports. We’re an NCAA Division III school with 23 National Championships. Our student athletes are competitive on the field and the court, and they pursue their academic goals with equal fierceness. If it’s recreation you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of variety in our intramural and sports club options. bearsports.wustl.edu
DEADLINES We invite you to apply. Admission at WashU is both selective and competitive. Our students have challenged themselves academically and personally during their high school years and are required to have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. We accept the Common Application, which may be submitted electronically at commonapp.org, or the Coalition Application, which is available at coalitionapp.org.
FIRST-YEAR STUDENT APPLICATION CALENDAR First-year applicants are students applying to become a part of the class entering in fall 2020. Applications must be submitted by the deadlines indicated and must be complete in our office no later than the complete date indicated.
FIRST-YEAR APPLICATION DEADLINES
EARLY DECISION I
EARLY DECISION II
Application Submitted by: (Common Application or Coalition Application)
Application Complete by: (all supporting materials, fee or fee waiver received in our office)
Financial Assistance Application Complete by:
Admission Decision Released by:
Scholarship Applications Complete by:
Candidate Reply Date
* For best consideration for scholarships, submit your complete admissions and signature scholarship applications by December 15, 2019. Visit admissions.wustl.edu for full details on all scholarship opportunities.
Cost will not be a barrier to a great education. We meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & SCHOLARSHIPS
• Awards that range up to the full cost of attendance, including no-loan packages for families who earn less than $75,000.
• Merit-based scholarships and need-based scholarships. Visit admissions.wustl.edu for full details.
admissions.wustl.edu 800.638.0700 or 314.935.6000
• WashU financial assistance counselors work individually with each family to understand its unique circumstances. • A commitment to helping you throughout your undergraduate years.
UNDERGRADUATE CHARGES 2019–20 ACADEMIC YEAR
Tuition Student Activity Fee Student Health & Wellness Fee Average University Room & Board*
*Room and board rates depend on the room and meal plan selected. The rate shown is for a double room in a modern residence hall and the Silver meal plan. Additional costs for books and supplies vary with the course of study. Some programs of study may require specific computer equipment. Additional expenses not billed by the university vary by student.
STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES
sfs.wustl.edu 888.547.6670 or 314.935.5900
Our 7,146 undergraduates come from all 50 states, 2 U.S. territories, and 50 countries
1,209 ETHNIC BREAKDOWN OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 9% 16%
Black or African American Asian
51% 9% 8%
White Hispanic International
Multiracial/ Unspecified Native American
2018 FIRST-YEAR CLASS PROFILE*
1,797 students enrolled
of students come from more than 500 miles away
multicultural and international students
of WashU undergraduates come from outside Missouri, and 8% are international students.
*As of November 2, 2018
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