Washington University in St. Louis
Over the course of its first 150 years, Washington University in St. Louis has made remarkable progress, growing from a college educating local men and women to an internationally known research university with students and faculty from approximately 110 countries. In 1853, prominent St. Louis merchant Wayman Crow and his pastor, William Greenleaf Eliot Jr., concerned about the lack of institutions of higher learning in the growing midwest, led the founding of Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Washington University’s faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country and the world. A medium-sized, independent university located in the nation’s centre, Washington University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society. Washington University in St. Louis’ campuses are located near the cultural centre of St. Louis, surrounded by and adjacent to museums, performance venues, vibrant entertainment and dining districts, one of the nation’s largest civic parks, and beautiful, tree-lined neighbourhoods rich in history and diversity. The 169-acre Danforth Campus is at the heart of Washington University and is the academic home to the majority of the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The Washington University Medical Centre spreads over 17 city blocks and 164 acres. The centre is home to the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and its affiliated hospitals, clinics, patient care centres and research facilities.
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