Frequently Asked Questions

About Washington University in St. Louis

Q. Where is Washington University in St. Louis located?
A. Washington University in St. Louis is located in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, St. Louis is near the geographic center of the United States. It is consistently ranked among the nation’s most affordable and best places to live and raise families. There are many opportunities to watch a wide range of professional sports and attend a multitude of cultural and music festivals throughout the year. More information about St. Louis can be found on our website or at Explore St. Louis.

Q. What is the climate like in St. Louis?
A. St. Louis climate is characterized by four seasons. Winters are brisk, but generally not severe, with January being the coldest month (average high of 40◦F/4◦C and low of 24◦F/-4◦C). The warmest month is July, averaging a high of 89◦F/32◦C. Rainfall in St. Louis is just above average with the maximum precipitation being in the month of May.

Q. What housing options would be available to me as a graduate student?
A. Most graduate students live in one of the many privately-owned apartments located within a 10- block radius of the school. Both furnished and unfurnished rooms, apartments and houses are available. We recommend you consult with the Apartment Referral Service (ARS), a resource for University students, faculty and staff looking for apartments, duplexes, condos or houses. ARS can be reached by telephone at (314) 935-5045 or online at Alternatively, upon admission you will be able to connect with current and incoming students through our Facebook page. This is a great way to connect with housing options as current students are departing and incoming students are looking for shared living opportunities.

Q. Where can I find out about Washington University student health insurance?
A. Student Health Services

Q. Are there on-campus job opportunities when I arrive?
A. Job opportunities on campus are available in many departments for a variety of positions. They are posted in systems you can access after arrival to the University.

Q. I would like to visit campus in the near future. What should I do to make arrangements for my visit?
A. Look for events on the Meet Us page in the Admissions section of your program of interest, or email to arrange a campus visit.

Program Information

Q. What is the Olin Business School’s accreditation?
A. WashU Olin Business School is accredited by the three most recognized business school accreditation organizations—AACSB, AMA and EQUIS. Just over 100 of the nearly 13,000 business schools in the world earned the "Triple Crown" honor—that’s fewer than 1% of all business schools.

Q. Do you offer online classes?
A. Foundation workshops for the various SMP programs are online.

Q. Which programs are available on a part-time basis?
A. If you are interested in a program on a part-time basis, email for more information.

Q. As a part-time student, would I still be eligible for student health insurance?
A. Only full-time Washington University students are eligible for insurance coverage through the University.

Application Process

Q. How can I get an application for admission?
A. All applications to our programs need to be submitted through our online application process.

Q. I do not have job experience. Am I still eligible to apply?
A. Most applicants join us directly from their undergraduate studies. Strong applicants will have had at least one substantive internship experience in the area of study.

Q. What is the deadline to apply?
A. Deadlines for applications can be found on each program's Admissions webpage.

Q. How can I check on my application status?
A. You can log-in to your user account, which you used to initially apply to the program, to check the status of your application. Please be aware that, until the notification date has arrived for your round, you may not see a change to this status.

Q. If I need to update my application (with test scores, transcripts) after submission, what should I do?
A. Please email the admissions team at to inform us and include any relevant attachments.

After Admission

Q. How do I accept my offer of admission?
A. You will be required to accept admission online through your application user account.