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St. Louis, Missouri
Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL or "Wash U") is a private research university located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1853, and named for George Washington, the university has students and faculty from all fifty U.S. states and more than 110 countries. Twenty-two Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Washington University, nine having done the major part of their pioneering research at the university. Washington University's undergraduate program is ranked fourteenth in the nation and seventh in admissions selectivity by U.S. News and World Report. The university is also ranked 30th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In 2006, the university received $434 million in federal research funds, ranking seventh among private universities receiving federal research and development support, and in the top four in funding from the National Institutes of Health.