Vault Rating: 4.5 out of 5


  • Located in the exciting Gateway City
  • Small class size and low student-teacher ratio


  • Most selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Washington University in St. Louis is a highly ranked research institution that challenges its students and faculty alike to seek new knowledge and a better understanding of the world through high-quality academic and extracurricular programs in a friendly, supportive environment.


Admission to Washington University in St. Louis is highly challenging. The school is most selective, admitting 16.5 percent of applicants. Students who stand out have strong academic backgrounds that show they've taken challenging classes throughout high school. Honors, advanced placement,...  

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