The mission of Washington University in St. Louis is the promotion of learning — learning by students and by faculty. Teaching, the transmission of knowledge, is central to our mission, as is research, the creation of new knowledge. Faculty - composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions - serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding and wisdom; and by providing direct services such as health care.
The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.
About St. Louis
Washington University students have many opportunities to explore the vibrant metropolitan area of St. Louis. Beyond the comfortable suburban campus is a learning lab, well stocked with the cultural and business resources of a major city. Home to many well-known international and regional businesses, St. Louis is known as a hub for medical and technological research and innovation. Students appreciate convenient access to the region's resources. In 2009, Forbes Magazine listed St. Louis as number four on its "Most Affordable Places To Live Well" list.
Fostering Industry in St. Louis: St. Louis businesses of all sizes from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies lead the way in Information Technology and Plant and Medical Sciences.
Getting Around St. Louis: Washington University's campuses have convenient access to St. Louis public transportation stations including MetroLink and MetroBus.
Giving to St. Louis: Washington University's Community Service Office connects students to local volunteer opportunities for meaningful service initiatives.
Working in St. Louis: Explore the St. Louis business community for convenient possibilities for internships and post-graduate jobs.
Exploring St. Louis: View videos to learn about the city's rich culture.