Washington University in St. Louis currently comprises seven schools: Arts & Sciences, the Brown School of Social Work, the McKelvey School of Engineering, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Law, Medicine, and the Olin Business School. The University offers more than 90 fields of study and 1,500 courses leading to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.
The University’s approximately 4,000 full-time and adjunct faculty members teach some 14,000 full-time and nearly 2,000 part-time students. Current and former members of the faculty have won Nobel Prizes in Economics and Chemistry, MacArthur “genius” Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, the National Medal of Science, and other awards in their respective fields, and are members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, and other professional societies.
Washington University has played an integral role in the history and continuing growth of St. Louis and benefits in turn from the wide array of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities offered by the metropolitan area to its more than 2.8 million residents. The University is the third-largest employer in the metropolitan area. Bordered on the east by St. Louis’ famed Forest Park and on the north, west, and south by well-established suburbs, the 169-acre Danforth Campus features predominantly Collegiate Gothic architecture, including a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the home of the arts, sciences, and most of the professional schools. Total space at the Danforth Campus is approximately 6.5 million square feet and, thanks to the University’s growth in stature, resources, and ambition, has doubled in the last four decades. In 2020, the University completed the transformation of the East End of the Danforth Campus through eight inter-connected capital projects—three new academic buildings, an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, two new multi-use facilities, an underground parking garage, and the expansive new Ann and Andrew Tisch Park.