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The central mission of Washington University in St. Louis is education.  We also take great pride in our path-breaking research, scholarship, medical care and service to communities near and far.  The university is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and it attracts students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 nations.

Each employee has a unique opportunity to contribute to making Washington University an inviting environment where learning and discovery can occur.  The extraordinary achievements of our students and faculty are made possible by the dedication and contributions of all employees.

Fast Facts about Washington University in St. Louis

• Founded in 1853 in St. Louis, Mo.
• Headed by Andrew D. Martin, who became the university’s 15th chancellor in 2019
• Enrolls 14,000 students and employs 3,400 instructional faculty
• Has more than 35 percent multicultural and international undergraduates
• Had 130,732 living alumni on record in July 2012
• Hailed as the site of the third Olympiad of the modern era in 1904, the first in the Western Hemisphere
• Honors the motto Per Veritatem Vis, or “Strength Through Truth,” adopted in 1915
• Ranked the fourth largest employer in the St. Louis metropolitan area

Additional Washington University Links

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Washington University School of Medicine Facts
Comprehensive Benefits PDF
Career Development 
Maps of the Danforth and Medical School Campus


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