Washington University in St. Louis

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Midwest
City/State: St. Louis, MO
Locale: Medium City (100,000 to 500,000)
Student Population (FTE): 14,000
In-State Tuition: $45,700.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $45,700.00
Institution Website: http://www.lgbt.wustl.edu
Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to creating an inclusive, respectful, engaging, and welcoming learning environment in support of a quality undergraduate experience. Our desire to know students by name and story extends to our commitment to create a thriving LGBTQIA* community on campus. Through inclusive programming, support services, advocacy, and institutional policies Washington University promotes the recruitment and achievement of LGBTQIA* undergraduate students.

Our Synopsis

Washington University in St. Louis offers: -A nondiscrimination policy inclusive of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation -Transgender-inclusive student and employee healthcare -Gender inclusive facilities, including on-campus housing for all students and restrooms in the majority of campus buildings -A preferred name policy for students -Peer-based Safe Zones training for undergraduate students in residence halls, classes, sports teams, fraternities and sororities, and student organizations -Peer-based Safe Zones training for faculty and staff departments -A campus-wide LGBT Advisory Board of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty that is committed to strategic planning, alum engagement, community engagement, and developing training -An LGBTQIA* awards event each Fall semester and a Lavender Recognition ceremony during Commencement activities -10 undergraduate student groups, including ones with a focus on asexual* communities, LGBTQIA* people of color, trans* students, a coming out discussion group, religion and spirituality, kink and polyamory, and Safe Zones facilitations -at least 5 graduate student organizations for graduate students, including one specifically for the Law School, medical campus, Brown School, Business School, and a coming out discussion group -a free overnight retreat for LGBTQIA* undergraduates to learn about leadership through the lens of identity -LGBTQIA* undergraduate peer mentoring and support

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Washington University in St. Louis

“WashU’s support for LGBTQIA* students, especially from campus life staff, is exceptional. Rarely are there instances where inclusivity of queer students isn’t considered. In addition, I have found that leadership opportunities for LGBTQIA* students are plentiful. I have always felt, throughout my time at WashU, that there are people who care deeply about me.”

— undergraduate student, class of 2016

Thankfully, there is a small community of passionate LGBTQ students who are highly involved in academics, leadership, civic engagement, and community building. These students and supportive staff members have successfully fought for more LGBTQ-inclusive policies and community standards, and continue to push the university when queer students are excluded.

— undergraduate student, class of 2017

Pride at WashU is really unique because LGBT+ life here exists, in my experience, at two different levels. At the first: there is so much general acceptance on campus of LGBT+ identities that many students don’t feel a need to be deeply involved in a Pride Community. At the second: there is a great community of queer activists who come together and rally behind discussion of and advocacy for LGBT+ students, especially those at the intersections of other marginalized or academically underrepresented identities.

— undergraduate student, class of 2016

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Lavender Recognition


Destination Q: LGBTQIA+ Leadership Retreat


Holobaugh Honors: LGBTQIA+ Awards Ceremony


Trans* Awareness Week


Gayla: Pride Alliance's annual semi-formal


Admissions Office

Washington University in St. Louis Admissions Office

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive

St. Louis, MO 63130

Phone: 314-935-6000
Website: http://admissions.wustl.edu/

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at lgbtmap.org/equality-maps.

Washington University in St. Louis
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
4.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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