Students find time to relax, create

The faculty and administration of Washington University are extremely proud of the school’s medical students. They meet the highest academic standards in the country and also possess many talents and interests outside of medicine including visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography), writing, dancing, music, literature, singing and athletics. Each class is diverse; current students come to the school from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and multiple foreign countries.

Although the medical curriculum is rigorous, our students still find time to relax and have fun. “Study hard, play hard” is their unofficial motto, reflecting the intensity, energy and sense of exploration they share.

Most students fulfill their creative drives through participation in student-initiated, student-run groups that are strongly supported by School of Medicine administration.


Living a balanced life is imperative. Our students are able to achieve and maintain a healthy balance by participating in our student wellness programs, administered by the Office of Medical Student Affairs. This video describes how these programs help.

Fun and friendship

Our students forge deep, lifelong friendships among their classmates. Camaraderie is an overriding quality of the school; classmates provide a built-in source of personal support and make each endeavor and accomplishment that much more meaningful and enjoyable.

Medical center environment

The School of Medicine is located in the city’s Central West End, an eclectic neighborhood that is a favorite among our students. At over 1300 acres, Forest Park is one of the nation’s largest urban parks and is adjacent to the medical campus, and includes cultural institutions such as the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center (including the McDonnell Planetarium), the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, and The MUNY (outdoor musical theater).

Tennis and basketball courts on campus are used day and night. Forest Park’s golf courses, jogging/bike path and athletic fields are just across the street. The Washington University Danforth Campus athletic facilities, accessible by the MetroLink light-rail line (free to full-time Washington University students), include an Olympic-size pool, indoor track and complete training equipment.

Other stimulating neighborhoods adjacent to the medical campus include the Cortex Innovation District and “The Grove“.