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About Washington University

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Founded in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world.

The University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research. It draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and approximately 130 nations.

The University has played an integral role in the history and continuing growth of St. Louis and benefits from the wide array of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities offered by the metropolitan area to its more than 2.6 million residents.

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.

At the other end of Forest Park—the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and one of the nation’s largest metropolitan parks—is the 59-acre Medical Campus. This complex in St. Louis’ Central West End district includes the School of Medicine and the associated hospitals and institutes of the Washington University Medical Center.

The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.

University Resources for Graduate Students

The University offers a wide range of resources to incoming students:


Washington University owns a number of apartment buildings in neighborhoods adjacent to the Danforth Campus that house many of our graduate students; there is no on-campus graduate housing.

Brown School students can take advantage of these arrangements or find housing through the University's Apartment Referral Service. Apartment Referral Service lists rooms, apartments, and houses available for rent, as well as maintains an active list of rooms for service arrangements. In addition, this office can provide neighborhood information, such as services in the area, crime statistics, and distance from the campus. All listings follow equal housing standards.

Each spring the Brown School compiles a list of current and incoming social work graduate students looking for roommates.  Our Student Services Office can assist connecting students with housing resources as well. 

Apartment rentals in the immediate vicinity of Washington University range from $350 to $600 per month; these charges can be lower or higher, depending on the location you select. Rents in areas farther from the University may be lower, but you may find a car necessary if you live too far from campus.

Student Health

The Habif Health & Wellness Center houses all of the student health services under one roof. For more information visit their Web site at 


For more information about graduate student life at Washington University visit:



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