Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL)

Founded in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is a leading independent university offering a wide range of programs and courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

University Rankings:

- The University's undergraduate program is ranked 13th in the nation, tied with Johns Hopkins University, and 6th in admissions selectivity, in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report National Universities ranking.

- WUSTL is ranked 38th in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011.

- The School of Medicine is rated 4th among research-oriented medical schools, tied with University of California-San Francisco (US News Medical School Ranking 2011).

- Washington University in St. Louis is ranked 75th among the world's best universities in the QS World University Rankings 2010. Additionally it is ranked in the world's top 50 for Life Sciences (42nd).

- Olin Business School makes its debut in the Wall Street Journal's 2010 survey of accredited Executive MBA programs in the No. 2 spot.

- The University is ranked 30th internationally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2010.

- The Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design is ranked 5th in the nation by the journal DesignIntelligence in its 2009 edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools".

- The Chronicle of Higher Education featured WUSTL's No. 1 ranking for political science (2007). Altogether, 27 academic areas at Washington University ranked in the top-10 categories.

- The University is ranked 4th overall and 2nd among private universities in the number of enrolled National Merit Scholar freshmen, according to the National Merit Scholar Corp.'s annual report (2006).

- Rated 45th in The Washington Monthly's 2006 ranking of universities' contributions to research, community service, and social mobility.

- According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, WUSTL is ranked 8th in the nation in its black student graduation rate.

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