St. Louis and Beyond

St. Louis is the Gateway to the West and your future success as a Values Based, Data Driven™ business leader.

Located in the center of the United States, brimming with entrepreneurial spirit and future-focused optimism, St. Louis is a brilliant place to earn a business education. Here, you can lead meaningful work at Fortune 500 corporations and bootstrapping startups alike, rounding out your education with real-world experience at the Gateway to the West and the global business community.

Over the centuries, the St. Louis region has evolved from a key trading post to a capital of manufacturing and technology, rich in Indigenous, French, Spanish and American heritage.

Today, St. Louis is experiencing a renaissance of arts and economic growth that makes it the ideal place to live, work and learn. As you study on our campus, footsteps from one of the world's greatest city parks, you're also alongside CEOs of globally recognized brands and corporations. You meet and consult with world-changing innovators. And you call them your neighbors because they, too, call the Gateway city home.

St. Louis boasts tons of free attractions, from the zoo to the art museum to the grounds of the Gateway Arch. So, take a cue from Lewis and Clark, who “discovered” the area in the early 19th century, and start your exploration of the West—and St. Louis—here.

US News and World Report, “Why Go to St. Louis”

The city, with its once-quiet, now-vibrant downtown, offers new restaurants, microbreweries and a rich array of cultural venues, including a museum that pays tribute to the blues.

New York Times, “36 Hours in St. Louis”

The Gateway City by the Numbers

The data speaks for itself: St. Louis has tremendous value for Olin students and the global business community alike.


1,000+ startups

based in St. Louis with 33% in biotechnology


14 Fortune 1000

company headquarters

including Edward Jones, Emerson and Centene



financial professionals

(that’s more than 7% of the region's workforce)


1,300+ acres

of landscapes in Forest Park next to WashU’s campus



ethnic groups represented

according to the International Institute

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professional sports teams

St. Louis Cardinals baseball, St. Louis Blues hockey, St. Louis CITY SC soccer and St. Louis Battlehawks XFL

St. Louis: A Great Place to Call Home

People have been calling St. Louis home for centuries. Today, its charms and civic pride are more valued—and valuable—than ever.

4 cities in metro area ranked in Top 100 Best Places to Live in the US (Livability)

36 art and history museums

15+ James Beard Award-winning chefs and restaurateurs

#6 most beautiful and affordable place to live in the United States (Travel+Leisure)

40% ethnically diverse population

181 public parks covering 15,456 acres

Free attractions include the Saint Louis Science Center, the award-winning Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum 

54 high schools in the city and county combined

1 Gateway Arch, the world’s tallest arch and tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere

Top 20 city for places to live without a car (CoworkingCafe)

12th most-generous city in the US based on dollar amount of charitable donations (Convio)

#1 best city for barbecue in the US based on number of restaurants, festivals and competitions (Convio)