Why WashU Engineering Top 10
1. We’re not just a top university and world leader in research and education — we’re making a difference. See how we’re doing it at #WashUengineers
2. We believe in learning by doing and want you to conduct research with the best faculty in engineering, medicine, and the sciences.
3. There’s more than one path — 60% of Engineering undergrad students pursue a second degree, another major, or a minor, often in a non-engineering discipline.
4. We encourage you to study abroad, including engineering-specific programs only offered at WashU.
5. You’ll be part of a global alumni network of leaders — from NASA’s chief astronaut and the VP of Engineering at Google to the CEO of Carnival and co-founder of Square — and more than 20,000 others.
6. The WashU campus is beautiful and has a new state-of-the-art Engineering complex — visit and see for yourself!
7. Cost will not be a barrier — we fully meet financial need of admitted students.
8. If you have the “E Gene” and want to turn an idea into a product, company or social movement, then take advantage of our unique entrepreneurship programs.
9. Nearly 30% of WashU athletes are engineering students.
10. Our courses will prepare you for almost any career — really.
Today’s college students want to have an impact and to make contributions toward solving national and international challenges in a variety of areas, including health, energy, environment and climate change, security, hunger, inequality, and poverty. Just as important, they understand they are citizens of a global society.
At WashU, you will see the connections between studying engineering and benefiting society. You will be in a community of innovative thinkers who want to work across disciplines to solve problems. You will challenge assumptions, make compelling arguments, push comfort zones, and embrace learning through mutual respect.
You will explore, learn, grow, and lead. Engineer your way. Engineer at WashU.
Follow your passion
No matter your ultimate career path, the experiences at WashU will educate you to be prepared for graduate study and to be able to learn and adapt throughout your career.
Individually Designed Major (IDM): Many of the most interesting and developing areas of engineering and applied science do not fit within a single undergraduate major. Students can create an Individually Designed Major (IDM) under the direction of a faculty adviser. Sample IDMs include biomedical informatics, imaging, energy engineering, robotics, computer graphics, and more.
Consider a Minor or Second Major: A majority of undergraduate engineering students pursue a minor or second major in engineering or other disciplines, such as economics, music, jazz studies, visual communications, political science, history, entrepreneurship, foreign language, dance, drama, psychology, or more than 90 other options.
Study of the Liberal Arts: You will have the opportunity to take a number of credits in the humanities and social sciences. We feel it is particularly important for engineering students to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures and languages. Our Engineering Technical Writing Program teaches you oral and written communication skills that are critical to your future success.
Introduction to Engineering: The variety of our introductory engineering courses conveys the excitement and problem solving thinking that characterize engineering. During your first year with us, you may take one or more of these courses to explore and help you select a major.
Engineering First-Year Seminar: This weekly one-credit seminar gives an introduction to the School of Engineering & Applied Science and helps prepare students for academic success.
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (BS/MS) and Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering (BS/MEng) Programs: This program is offered by some engineering departments and provides undergraduate engineering students with the opportunity to plan a coordinated five-year program of studies in the school, leading to both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The program requires at least 150 units and normally takes five years to complete.
Bachelor of Science/Master of Business Administration (BS/MBA) Program: The School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Olin Business School, one of the top business schools in the nation, offer a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree and the Master of Business Administration degree.
How do we make our admissions decisions?
Students who come to Washington University have challenged themselves academically and personally during their high school years. Most candidates’ transcripts include four years of English, four years of mathematics (the School of Engineering & Applied Science recommends calculus), three to four years of history and social science, three to four years of laboratory science (the School of Engineering & Applied Science recommends biology, chemistry, and physics), and at least two years of a foreign language. Your senior-year transcript should show that you are continuing to take demanding courses and are doing well in them. Most applicants take advantage of honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses — if offered by their high schools. We also take into consideration standardized testing, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and an essay.
Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Applicants with a prior criminal history will not be automatically disqualified from consideration for admission. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.