Founded in 1853, Washington University is an internationally renowned private research university with students and faculty from approximately 90 countries. Washington University in St. Louis has been affiliated with 24 Nobel Laureates, many of whom did a significant portion of their award-winning work at the university. Located in St. Louis, a thriving Midwestern city with a vibrant biotech and startup community, the University’s two campuses are near the cultural center of St. Louis, surrounded by parks, museums, performance venues, dining districts, and tree-lined neighborhoods offering a moderate cost of living. St. Louis is a 1-hour flight from Chicago, and offers easy direct flights to U.S. coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles. At a Glance • 3,700 instructional, research and clinical faculty • Over 130 bachelor’s degree programs • Over 170 master’s and doctoral degree programs Known for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Washington University is consistently ranked among the top 20 best U.S. colleges and universities by both U.S. News & World Report and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Our Medical School is ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News. In addition to our highly ranked School of Medicine, the University includes schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Design & Visual Arts, Engineering, Law, Social Work & Public Health.