About Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University is a private teaching and research university offering a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University's educational mission is centered on developing students to be bold, independent, and creative thinkers in serving a global society. Learn more about how you can get involved on campus and in the community at Wash U's My St. Louis webpage.
About St. Louis
Washington University students have many opportunities to explore the vibrant metropolitan area of St. Louis. Beyond the comfortable suburban campus is a learning lab, well-stocked with the cultural and business resources of a major city. Home to many well-known international and regional businesses, St. Louis is known as a hub for medical and technological research and innovation. Students appreciate convenient access to the region's resources. In 2009, Forbes Magazine listed St. Louis as No. 4 on its "Most Affordable Places To Live Well" list.
"I come from a city which boasts of an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), which is one of the premier institutes in India. My city, Roorkee, is built around the institute and has a very relaxed environment. So coming here to Wash U has been all the more welcoming and pleasant considering the similarities. The Zoo was amazing, as are the walks in the evening around Forest Park. I hope to explore more very soon."
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Why St. Louis?
- The 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis introduced the ice cream cone and iced tea to the world, and popularized hot dogs and hamburgers.
- Washington University's Francis Field hosted the first Olympics held in the United States in 1904.
- St. Louis has more free attractions than anywhere else in the US, including the world famous St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, History Museum, Anheiser Busch Brewery, National Expansion Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Grant's Farm, the Muny, and many other festivals and concerts throughout the year.
- Many famous actors, singers, and writers hail from St. Louis including Maya Angelou, TS Elliot, Chuck Berry, John Hamm, Nelly, Joseph Pulitzer, Betty Grable, Tina Turner, John Goodman, and Bob Costas.
- The Missouri Botanical Gardens boasts the second largest Japanese garden in the US.
- Shoppers can enjoy St. Louis's malls, neighborhoods, and markets, ranging from the St. Louis Galleria and West County Malls to the historic Soulard Market and small shops in the Italian area known as "The Hill."
- Outdoor activities abound with city and county maintained parks, featuring Forest Park, which is the second largest city park in the US, Lone Elk Park, Meramec Caverns just outside the county limits, and Hidden Valley Ski Area.
- Sports fans here are some of the most knowledgeable in the country and can cheer for Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, and Rams football teams. Recently, "friendlies" have been held, featuring Real Madrid v. Inter Milan and Manchester City v. Chelsea football clubs.
- St. Louis is one of the most literate cities in the US according to Central Connecticut University, one of the Best Cities for Young Professionals according to CareerBuilder, and one of the Top Cities to Ride a Bike according to Bicycling magazine.
Distinct neighborhoods surround Washington University's Danforth Campus