31 Facts About Washington University


Washington University in St Louis is a private research university with its main campus in St Louis County, and Clayton, Missouri.

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University's 169-acre Danforth Campus is at the center of Washington University and is the academic home to the majority of the university's undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

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Washington University is composed of seven graduate and undergraduate schools that encompass a broad range of academic fields.

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Washington University has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1923 and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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Washington University was conceived by 17 St Louis business, political, and religious leaders concerned by the lack of institutions of higher learning in the Midwest.

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Washington University is unusual among major American universities in not having had a prior financial endowment.

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Washington University spent its first half century in downtown St Louis bounded by Washington Ave.

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Process of desegregation at Washington University began in 1947 with the School of Medicine and the School of Social Work.

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Growth of Washington University's reputation coincided with a series of record-breaking fund-raising efforts during the last three decades.

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The Washington University was scheduled to host a debate in 1996, but that debate was cancelled when the candidates chose not to participate.

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In 2002, Washington University co-founded the Cortex Innovation Community in St Louis's Midtown neighborhood.

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In 2005, Washington University founded the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, an international network of premier research universities, with an initial endowment gift of $10 million from John F McDonnell.

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In 2019, Washington University unveiled a $360 million campus transformation project known as the "East End Transformation".

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In October 2021, Washington University announced it would invest an additional $1 billion in financial aid for students.

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That investment allowed Washington University to adopt a need-blind undergraduate admissions policy, effective immediately.

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In 2022, Washington University was one of 10 universities picked to join the Kessler Scholars National Collaborative, which provides support for selected first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible STEM students who hope to improve society.

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Washington University has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to host more presidential and vice-presidential debates than any other institution in history.

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Washington University decided not to host a 2020 presidential debate, against the majority opinion of the student body.

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Washington University obtained Tyson as surplus property from the federal government in 1963.

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Not only are WashU campuses physically connected to transit stations, but the Washington University offers U-Passes to all full-time students and employees, providing free and unlimited access the regional network of public buses and trains.

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Washington University has been recognized as the 12th best university employer in the country by Forbes.

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Washington University was named one of the "25 New Ivies" by Newsweek in 2006 and has been called a "Hidden Ivy".

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Virtually all faculty members at Washington University engage in academic research, offering opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students across the university's seven schools.

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Governmental agencies and non-profit foundations such as the NIH, United States Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and NASA provide the majority of research grant funding, with Washington University being one of the top recipients in NIH grants from year-to-year.

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Washington University has over 300 undergraduate student organizations on campus.

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Washington University has a large number of student-run musical groups on campus, including 12 official a cappella groups.

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Washington University has eleven fraternities and nine sororities on campus.

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Washington University is number one on the Princeton Review's "Best College Dorms" list for 2020.

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Washington University undergraduates publish two literary and art journals, The Eliot Review and Spires Intercollegiate Arts and Literary Magazine.

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Washington University has an extensive club sports program, with teams ranging from men's volleyball to women's Ultimate Frisbee.

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Washington University is home of Francis Field, site of the 1904 Summer Olympics.

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