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Rank: 129

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MOwww.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 Washington state or D.C.). Academics are rigorous, 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 and its degrees yield higher-than-average earnings. 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 the dorms (they're modern, with air conditioning, carpet, laundry facilities and big living spaces). The school also brags that it's environmentally conscious, eliminating over half a million plastic bottles every year.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$73,700
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,900
Average price for low-income students
$10,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
17%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1490/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
8,533
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$6,111
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,900
Average salary within 3 years
$60,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
54%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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