About Washington University in St. Louis:

Washington University in St. Louis is among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society. Exploration, critical thinking and discovery are at the core of the university’s academic experience. We challenge our undergraduate and graduate students to push the boundaries of learning, creating new knowledge and understanding an ever-changing world. Founded in 1853, Washington University is an internationally renowned research university with students and faculty from approximately 90 countries. Through our seven schools, we provide our students with opportunities for flexible, in-depth study across a range of disciplines. We offer more than 90 fields of study and 1,500 courses. Our broad spectrum of academic departments and programs coupled with a highly interdisciplinary and personalized academic experience allow our students to fully explore their interests and gain the analytical and critical thinking skills needed to be successful. Our programs in social work, public health, medicine, law, engineering, business, art, architecture, and arts and sciences are consistently ranked and highly regarded. Our School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the country. We treat patients and train new leaders in medicine with our partners at BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the United States. Our strength in medicine and biomedical fields also has played a central role in igniting the St. Louis biotech and startup scene. In 2015, Popular Mechanics ranked St. Louis as one of the top 15 cities for startups in the United States. As a top research institution, we offer extensive opportunities for our students to conduct their own research. These projects are supported by faculty mentors and other university resources. Students also can collaborate with faculty on their groundbreaking research projects. Our faculty successfully win backing for their research from many sources, including the federal government, state governments, corporations, foundations, nonprofit agencies, individuals and the university itself.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 25 26 23 25 26 26 28 29 30 31 32 35 37

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 127 134 131 136 165 159 181 182 222 221 261 227
Engineering 153 121 119 126 170 200 215 221 240 287 273 255
Life Sciences 15 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 14
Medicine 20 20 20 20 17 18 18 22 21 22 24 22
Natural Sciences 163 143 154 123 162 198 220 223 234 250 257 286
Social Sciences 68 34 51 42 54 58 62 70 61 62 78 74

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 104 165 174 - 271 - 301-350 289 269
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 21
Chemical Engineering 129 190 294 - - - - - 401-450 401-450
Chemistry 137 96 117 126 142 162 172 192 185 196
Civil Engineering 209 237 234 261 261 251 - - 401-450 351-400
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 20
Computer Science 122 145 177 174 192 213 220 248 241 291
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 109
Electrical Engineering 138 118 178 196 218 167 196 254 219 254
Environment / Ecology - 177 157 168 176 200 258 255 277 277
Geosciences 123 108 179 195 252 198 254 283 291 286
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 9
Materials Science 120 106 144 160 158 164 159 184 170 168
Mathematics 250 - 257 271 - - - 374 301-350 301-350
Mechanical Engineering 250 - - 294 - - - - 401-450 451-500
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 10
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 20
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 15
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 91 118 67 72 59 95 101 104
Physics 175 160 193 283 - 294 - 301-350 301-350 351-400
Plant & Animal Science - 129 148 147 156 164 162 157 210 156
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 40
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 66
Space Science - - - - - - - - - -