Since its founding in 1853, Washington University has evolved from a fledgling educational institution to a world-class research university—but we couldn’t have achieved any of this without your support.

Washington University brings together the finest minds and most dedicated faculty and students, and together they advance science and technology, medicine and public health, the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Each and every donor helps create the environment they need to tackle society’s most urgent challenges, from a sustainable environment and devastating diseases to economic prosperity and productive aging. Put simply, we help make the world a better place.

Our impact is your impact.
  • Our students come from over 100 countries and all 50 states to attend our prestigious university and make their mark on the world.
  • WashU students often find a meaningful connection with faculty mentors, thanks to our 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
  • At WashU, students and faculty work together to push boundaries and create solutions. At any given time, there are more than 3,000 research projects taking place across our campuses.
  • Washington University is the third-largest employer in St. Louis, and WashU physicians completed over one million visits at clinical sites in 2018.

By the numbers | 2019-20

Gift and Grant Uses

Percentage of total dollars contributed

  • 39.1%Academic Programs
  • 26.8%Research
  • 11.6%Facilities
  • 9.3%Faculty Support
  • 9.0%Student Aid
  • 4.2%Other


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Student stories

Your gift to WashU can change lives. Hear directly from several remarkable students about how a scholarship provided them with opportunities they had never even imagined.

It’s so important to help people achieve their dreams. I think about how people helped me along the way when I was younger, so it’s very gratifying when I can do the same thing for others. Julie Boehning, MLA ’94,
School of Law scholarship donor

Why I give

There are thousands of reasons to give to Washington University, and every donor has a story about what they support and why.