to Our Students:
Washington University's educational mission is the promotion
of learning — learning by students and by faculty. Teaching,
or the transmission of knowledge, is central to our mission,
as is research, or the creation of new knowledge. The
faculty, composed of scholars, scientists, artists, and members of the
learned professions, serves society by teaching; by adding to the
store of human art, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing
direct services, such as health care.
Central to our mission
are our goals, which are to foster excellence in our
teaching, research, scholarship, and service; to prepare students with the
attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning and with leadership
skills, enabling them to be useful members of a global
society; and to be an exemplary institution in our home
community of St. Louis, as well as in the nation
and in the world.
Through our goals Washington University intends
to judge itself by the most demanding standards; to attract
people of great ability from all types of backgrounds; to
encourage faculty and students to be bold, independent, and creative
thinkers; and to provide the infrastructure to support teaching, research,
scholarship, and service for the present and for future generations.