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Washington University's mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning.
Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Washington University's faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country, and the world.
Our goals are:
- To welcome students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to create an inclusive community that is welcoming, nurturing, and intellectually rigorous;
- to foster excellence in our teaching, research, scholarship, and service;
- to prepare students with attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning and leadership thereby enabling them to be productive members of a global society; and
- to be an institution that excels by its accomplishments in our home community, St. Louis, as well as in the nation and the world.
To this end we intend:
- to judge ourselves by the most exacting standards;
- to attract people of great ability from diverse backgrounds;
- to encourage faculty and students to be bold, independent, and creative thinkers;
- to provide an exemplary, respectful, and responsive environment for living, teaching, learning, and working for present and future generations; and
- to focus on meaningful measurable results for all of our endeavors.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a great university experience filled with knowledge, discoveries and service. Through more than 90 programs and 1,500 courses, we help you develop intellectually, personally and professionally.Apply, visit, more
The choices and challenges are yours. Our outstanding academics cover architecture, art, arts & sciences, business and engineering — and you can explore them all because crossing academic boundaries is a Washington University specialty. You learn from faculty who care deeply about the subjects they study and the students they teach. You get a global education through your studies here and, if you choose, abroad. You can conduct ground-breaking research even as an undergraduate. Our interactive, close-knit residential areas bring learning to where you live.
Graduate & Professional Admissions
Washington University leads in the creation of new knowledge through research. As a result, our graduate and professional students — bold, independent, creative thinkers in a wide range of fields — make up more than half of our student body. As you delve into your chosen field from among the programs leading to our numerous master's and doctoral degrees, you work closely with renowned faculty experts, develop depth and new insights, and practice your profession.
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Learning is constant and lifelong. To continue your learning and professional development, we offer a range of affordable, accessible undergraduate and graduate credit and noncredit programs.
Students come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds and bring a range of experience into the classroom. Some are new to their profession, while others bring years of experience.
Summer school is a four-session opportunity to study at one of the nation's best universities. If you usually have a busy schedule of work or academics but have some room in your summer, from tap dancing to statistics, summer school offers something for everyone. Just beginning your college experience? Summer school at Washington University offers a wealth of courses to help jumpstart your studies.
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- Engineering summer school
- Sam Fox School summer courses in art and architecture
Summer Programs for High School Students
Through our challenging summer programs, you can meet degree requirements, explore interesting courses, or develop your skills. Special summer programs for high school students allow participants to try out college life, get a jump start on earning college credit or explore new fields of study. Smaller class sizes and a more focused study load allow for concentrated learning.
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The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a public metropolitan research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. UMSL is the largest university in the St. Louis area, and the third largest in Missouri, conferring over 3,000 degrees in 2010.– Read UMSL Points of Pride
UMSL offers 54 bachelor's degree programs, 37 master's degree programs, 15 doctoral degree programs, 24 graduate certificate programs, two education specialist programs, and the only professional optometry degree in Missouri. Classes are taught by outstanding faculty, and many programs are highly ranked nationally. – Check Out The Programs
UMSL also boasts the Pierre Laclede Honors College, a collection of the highest academic achievers across all subjects, devoted to exceptional students, with small class sizes and an intimate liberal arts setting. – Explore the Honor's College
The University of Missouri–St. Louis is situated on 350 rolling acres in north St. Louis County. Natural Bridge Road runs between North Campus and South Campus, which are both dotted with native Missouri trees and a mix of interesting architecture. – Take a Tour
More than 70 structures account for more than 3.5 million square feet of building space. Among those structures is the Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center. Designed by world-renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the center opened in 2003 and features two performance halls. – See the Touhill
UMSL offers traditional residence halls, and apartment living. Nearly 1,000 students reside in on-campus housing. – Learn About Living on Campus
From the swank Delmar Loop, full of great restaurants and theatre, to the nationally acclaimed Saint Louis Art Museum, to sporting events like Rams, Cardinals, or Blues games, St. Louis has a lot to offer, and UMSL is near it all. – See What the City Has to Offer
Metro, the region's public transportation system, operates two bus and rail stops at UMSL. Students receive an unlimited Metro pass, which can be used at any Metro stop in the city. Metro travels all over St. Louis, so even without a car, UMSL students can experience the city. – Plan to Ride the Metro
Campus is right near 70 and 170 in north St. Louis County, putting downtown St. Louis, the Saint Louis Galleria, and the Delmar Loop, all within a 15-minute drive. The 9.5-mile North County Bikeway connects UMSL with charming Ferguson, Mo., and the North County Recreation Complex.
As a parent, you know the importance and long-term value of your child's education. UMSL is committed to providing each student with an exceptional education at an incomparable value, enhanced by our award-winning faculty and nationally-ranked programs.
At UMSL, we understand that parents and students look at numerous universities before selecting their best fit. You may be asking, why should my child attend UMSL?
- Value : UMSL offers the most affordable tuition of the St. Louis region's four-year universities. In addition to excellent tuition, UMSL provides numerous outstanding scholarships, grants, job opportunities and internships.
- Quality : UMSL's faculty members are consistently recognized for being among the best in the United States in a number of disciplines. Top nationally ranked programs and schools include criminal justice, business, psychology, philosophy, biology, counselor education, teaching and learning and others.
- Location : UMSL is in suburban St. Louis County on 350 acres in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Just five minutes from Lambert St. Louis Airport, campus is served by two MetroLink light rail stations and is a short ride away from St. Louis' greatest attractions, including the Delmar Loop, the Central West End and downtown.
- Networking : UMSL prepares each student to successfully enter the work force upon graduation, at which point they join the more than 58,000 UMSL alumni living and working in the St. Louis area. Our alumni are among the leadership and the driving force for most of St. Louis' most successful businesses and organizations.