Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University’s mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning. Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Their goals include: welcome students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to create an inclusive community that is welcoming, nurturing, and intellectually rigorous; to foster excellence in our teaching, research, scholarship, and service; to prepare students with attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning and leadership thereby enabling them to be productive members of a global society; and to be an institution that excels by its accomplishments in our home community, St. Louis, as well as in the nation and the world.

Some of their rankings include:
  • No. 1 in Social Work: U.S. News and World Report, 2013
  • No. 2 Best College Dorms: The Princeton Review, 2014
  • No. 5 Best Undergraduate Business Schools: Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014
  • No. 8 Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurs: The Princeton Review, 2013
  • No. 6 In Comprehensive Medical Schools: U.S. News and World Report, 2015
  • No. 7 Best Value Private Colleges: The Princeton Review, 2012
  • No. 9 Best Architecture Schools: Architectural Record, 2011
  • No. 11 In Graduation and Retention: U.S. News and World Report, 2013-2014
  • No. 14 In Overall Undergraduate Programs: U.S. News and World Report, 2013-2014
  • No. 21 Highest Freshman Retention Rate: U.S. Department of Education, 2014
Admissions deadlines are November, 15, 2015 (Early Decision) and January 15, 2016 (Regular Decision).