St. Louis is a major Midwest city filled with rich and vibrant history. Washington University in St. Louis contributes to the storied history of the region. Founded in 1853 and named for George Washington, this private 4-year university sits on over 2,300 acres (over 3 locations) inside the city. WUSTL, as it is affectionately called, has produced Nobel Prize winners, Rhodes Scholars and a good number of successful business leaders over time. St. Louis, home to professional sports teams, the Gateway Arch (a monument to American western expansion) and nine Fortune 500 companies. St. Louis is a cultural center for music (the 2nd oldest symphony orchestra is located there) including classical, blues, jazz and ragtime. Washington University played host to Presidential debates in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2016.
WUSTL is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and confers Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, Mater’s degrees and post-masters certificates as well as Doctorates. WUSTL contains 7 schools and the largest programs are Engineering and Business (Finance). In addition to the primary accreditation, the school has specific recognition for its programs in Law, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language, Heathcare Management, Medical Education and Art & Design. WUSTL’s mission statement, to create “an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration” is manifest in the faculty and staff’s drive “to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country and the world.” To accomplish this goal, the University pledges to “judge ourselves by the most exacting standards…attract people of great ability from diverse backgrounds…encourage faculty and students to be bold, independent, and creative thinkers…provide an exemplary, respectful and responsive environment for living, teaching, learning and working for present and future generations (and) to focus on meaningful measurable results for all of our endeavors.”
The 14,300 students attending the University enjoy a wide variety of clubs and organizations based on affiliations, interest and field of study (among other criteria). The school fields varsity teams in 10 sports within the NCAA Division III arena and also has a robust Intramural sports network with 5 leagues and 6 scheduled tournaments/events for the Spring semester alone! There aren’t many odd traditions associated with the school – other than Walk In Lay Down, usually referred to as WILD. It is a concert in the Brookings Quad every fall and spring. The tradition gets its name from the fact that students dragged sofas and couches into the quad so they could listen in comfort. The concert usually features local bands as well as one or two nationally known groups or artists. The University’s Core Values are understood by each student: Empowered by Knowledge; Customer Perception is Reality; We Run the Day (It Doesn’t Run Us); The Power of ‘We’ and Work Smart / Celebrate Often. These elements combine to enhance the academic environment and produce graduates who will have a positive impact on the world upon graduation.