Student Life

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 27 states plus the District of Columbia and 7 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, drive 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 the School of Medicine administration.

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. 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.