Hello, 1L Wash U here. I'll chime in a little about the cycle Wash U goes through. If you have a 168+, you are going to be solid pretty much. No matter what your GPA is. If you are an URM, especially AA, you have a good chance if you have a number at median.
They are generally pretty quick on admission if you have numbers they are looking for (I was in 10 days after submission)
However, if you don't hear a decision one way or the other, may start worrying. They tend to do adverse decisions at the end of their cycle.
I'll say one thing though, if you get on their waitlist, and you really want to go to Wash U, you can wait that thing out.
They were pulling people off the waitlist up until orientation at other schools. They were also throwing money at people off the waitlist (which they do often)
Not sure if it was just the cycle I was in, which was a bit bad for them (that's why their numbers are down a bit)
Also, ask for money right up front with them. I got more, and I know others did.
Short and simple statements, and if you have other offers, use those as leverage. I just mentioned I was visiting another school that was offering me 30k a year, and they threw an extra 7k a year at me.
School has wonderful facilities. Been to some other schools similarly ranked (GW, Fordham) and facilities really sold me on the school. Also super nice everyone (students to faculty). Thing about GW and Fordham, gunner central, no one looked happy, and it was March. Here people are a lot more laid back. However may just be since it's in semester 1, things will get more tense once we realize there are only a few steaks out there, and we all need to eat.
As for jobs, don't go here expecting 160k or anything. As with all schools 15ish and up, going to have to hustle no matter what. Grades, CSO, network bullshit. Also don't expect a super portable degree. A nice thing about the school is it pulls people from all over the country, but a reason why our placement looks so diverse is because everyone is from all over. If you don't have ties to a market, don't just magically expect to be placed there.
But passively talking to people, you know who will do well, and who won't right away. Those who blew off studying until the finals, or don't study as much struggle. Those who prepare, and know how to play the game (exam focused study) do better.
If you have any specific questions, you should ask in the thread in the "Ask Current Students" Thread, or you can PM if it's more private.
Anyway, good luck all. Got two more finals this week.