University Mission

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.

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.