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Washington University in St. Louis, or WashU, is counted among the world's leaders in teaching, research, and public service, and draws students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning.

We are a community where you can be an individual and achieve exceptional things. We are committed to learning and exploration, to discovery and impact. WashU is a place where you can push the boundaries of what it means to learn. We are enriched by wide-ranging exploration and inspired by big ideas as we create new knowledge for an ever-changing world.

Our community celebrates the diversity on our campus and comes together to learn more about one another and listen to each other’s ideas. The diverse perspectives of our community come to life in the classroom where students engage in lively discussion, challenging and supporting each other to leave comfort zones, both inside and outside the classroom.

Arts & Sciences is the heart of WashU and comprises the core disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Our school includes departments ranging from English and Mathematics to Political Science and Anthropology. In addition to departments of international renown, our programs and research centers provide a platform for faculty and student collaboration across the traditional academic subject areas, creating new interdisciplinary studies.

Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs are administered through The College Office, home to the people who make the College of Arts & Sciences hum. The College Office is comprised of deans, analysts, and coordinators dedicated to helping students achieve a life of personal meaning and purpose through a liberal arts education.


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"I have found my passion in life. This is my dream and I feel supported here to be on the right path to success."

―Marcela, rising high school senior from Curitiba, Brazil

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