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About Washington University in St. Louis

Mission Statement

Washington University’s mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning.
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.

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Brookings Hall, Washington University in St. Louis

A medium-sized, independent university located in the nation’s center, Washington University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care, and service to society.

Our goals are:
To welcome students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to create an inclusive community that is welcoming, nurturing, and intellectually rigorous;
to foster excellence in our teaching, research, scholarship, and service;
to prepare students with attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning and leadership thereby enabling them to be productive members of a global society; and
to be an institution that excels by its accomplishments in our home community, St. Louis, as well as in the nation and the world.

To this end we intend:
to judge ourselves by the most exacting standards;
to attract people of great ability from diverse backgrounds;
to encourage faculty and students to be bold, independent, and creative thinkers;
to provide an exemplary, respectful, and responsive environment for living, teaching, learning and working for present and future generations; and
to focus on meaningful measurable results for all of our endeavors.

Washington University’s overarching goal is to enhance our leadership today to benefit America and the world tomorrow.   We will achieve this goal by focusing on the key issues facing a global society, leading to a better quality of life for all.

Positioned to meet national and global imperatives in energy, environment, security, health, and economic prosperity, Washington University takes its responsibility seriously.  Through innovative research, the university is committed to creating the new knowledge necessary to achieve a bright and sustainable future.

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