We are WashU in St. Louis, for St. Louis, and with St. Louis — in our research, education, patient care, and operations.

As a part of our commitment to the region, we seek to leverage our strengths in order to advance health, educational opportunities, economic mobility and racial equity for all St. Louisans. Our strong partnerships with local entities are growing, and we’re dedicated to building bridges for a prosperous future. 

This report, developed by WashU’s Government and Community Relations team, shines a light on WashU’s regional impact and our commitment to our equitable economic growth within our community.

Economic and Community Impact

Fiscal Year 2023

People, purchasing and construction

As part of WashU’s broader efforts to partner with St. Louis businesses, University Dining Services invited five additional local minority or woman-owned restaurants to open locations at campus eateries. Beast Craft BBQ, Collins Farms, Corner 17, LaJoy’s Coffee Cafe, and The Fattened Caf joined four other female or minority-owned restaurants already operating on campus, including Coffeestamp. The coffee roaster and bakery was founded by brothers Patrick and Spencer Clapp, who grew up in Honduras.

Coffeestamp, a St. Louis-based micro roaster founded by brothers Patrick and Spencer Clapp in 2018, hosted a grand opening celebration at it’s new location at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work. The location, at the Grounds for Change cafe in Hillman Hall, features coffee and a South American menu, honoring the brother’s native Honduras.

Operating a second location inside WashU has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. We’ve been able to grow our business and, with that, help our team members to grow with us by offering benefits and better wages.

Patrick Clapp, Coffeestamp founder


total university economic impact


in direct spending (construction, purchasing, employee compensation and student spending)


total supported jobs in the region (direct and indirect)


in salaries


in construction


WashU employees

Community support

Every summer, WashU provides generous stipends for students to work unpaid internships at local nonprofits, agencies and startups. One such program is the John C. Morris Fellowship, a partnership between the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and the Greater Missouri chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Morris Fellows advance a range of the association’s priorities, from identifying communities in need of services to analyzing new laws for their impact on residents with dementia. Morris Fellows receive a $6,000 summer stipend plus $250 to spend in the community at restaurants, farmers markets and other attractions.

Would this work get done if they weren’t here? Yes—it has to. But we are able to dig deeper and move faster. The fellows are so bright and insightful. And because of the work of the Gephardt Institute, they come to us with an understanding of the nuances of St. Louis.”

Sarah Lovegreen of the Alzheimer’s Association
Undergraduate students participate in 2022 summer internship programs at local startups and nonprofits through WashU.


support for community orgs and neighborhoods


local purchasing


student spending in the region

K–12 educational opportunities

WashU’s Institute for School Partnership (ISP) serves nearly every district in the region and some 60 independent schools. Programs include mySci, ISP’s award-winning inquirybased science curriculum; STEM Teacher Quality, the long-running professional development initiative; and STEMpact District Immersion, an effort to improve math education. ISP collaborates with educators to put research into practice for better lessons and classroom practices, as well as improved school culture and communications. The partnership with St. Louis Public Schools is showing results at Ashland Elementary and Meramec Elementary. Recent MAP scores show a 2.5-fold increase in math and 5-fold increase in science.

This experience has opened my eyes to different ways of doing things. When you are not focused on checking boxes and one little lesson, you can let the lesson flow so kids really take ownership of their own learning.

Andrew Eason, fifth-grade teacher


schools served by the Institute for School Partnership


teachers participated in ISP programs


teacher participants in STEMpact Quality Institute in FY23


teacher participants since STEMpact Quality Institute’s inception in 2012

Educational access

WashU has implemented a long-term, comprehensive strategy to expand access to the university. In 2021, WashU shifted to need-blind admissions. Beginning in Fall 2024, undergraduate students’ federal loans will be removed from all financial aid packages and replaced with scholarships and university grants. Going forward, this will allow WashU students to graduate debt free.

The WashU Pledge provides complete undergraduate education—including tuition, fees, housing, and meals—to students across Missouri and in southern Illinois with annual family incomes of $75,000 or less, while the Heartland Initiative brings talented students from rural areas to the university. And the School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers flexible opportunities for modern leaners to obtain a WashU education.

De'Ona Hardy, left, and Erica Jenkins study together.


investment in financial aid


WashU Pledge students enrolled


in FY23 total gift aid support for WashU Pledge enrollment


in FY23 total gift aid support for Gateway to Success enrollment


Class of 2027 students who are Pell-eligible

Community health and support

This year, WashU launched the Danforth St. Louis Confluence Award to honor faculty members who collaborate with local organizations and agencies to make St. Louis a healthier, stronger community. Among the honorees: Matthew Kreuter, a Brown School expert who worked to increase vaccination rates among vulnerable St. Louisans; Bettina Drake, a School of Medicine epidemiologist who leads Siteman Cancer Center’s outreach efforts to eliminate cancer disparities; Andrew Butler, an education researcher in Arts & Sciences who is studying student mobility rates; and Wyly Brown, a Sam Fox School designer who joined College Hill residents to create a park in the only St. Louis neighborhood without one.

A groundbreaking event for Peace Park in the College Hill neighborhood was held, before construction on the renovated park begins.

The park makes the community because the park is where people go to relax. And when you’re relaxed you can find a calmness that brings peace.

Lorrin Pattin, resident who joined efforts to design and develop the College Hill park


total patient visits


in uncompensated care


total outpatient visits


total inpatient visits

Research and innovation

At WashU, we are dedicated to supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, scholarship and research on our campus, to benefit our community, region and world. The university is a founding anchor of the Cortex Innovation Community, which supports the nation’s most promising technological advances by providing state-of-the-art facilities. Located in Cortex, our Office of Technology Management assists faculty and students as they take their intellectual property out of the lab and into the marketplace.


in research funding


patents filed

Cardiologist Justin Hartupee, MD, PhD, (in glasses) fellow Kristine Wong, MD, and first year fellow Rohan Bhandari, MD, perform a left heart catheterization on July 8, 2022.