Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university located in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Missouri. It was founded as a coeducational institution on September 22nd, 1865 by William Greenleaf Eliot (a Presbyterian minister) and 10 local residents who sought to create an institution of higher learning for the region’s young men and women alike.
The school is considered to be one of the top universities in the world based on various rankings such as U.S News & World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly and others. The university offers more than 200 programs through its 7 schools: Arts & Sciences; Brown School; Education; Engineering; Olin Business School; Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Pharmacy and Life Sciences. It has a student population of about 11,000 students, of which almost 10,000 are undergraduates.
The university is known for its engineering, business, law and medicine programs. It has established a reputation as one of the top institutions in the country for research and scholarship, with more than $300 million in external funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The most popular majors at Washington University are business management, biology/life sciences, psychology/neuroscience and economics. A large number of students also pursue graduate studies at some point during their time at WUSTL or after graduation.
Students can live on campus if they choose – there are three residence halls available where students can live with roommates or solo depending on their preference. They may also choose to live off campus either alone or with roommates after their freshman year depending on what feels comfortable for them.