Other than its academic reputation, Wash U is known for best dorm food. Because of the small class sizes and strong pre-med program, graduates are well prepared for the working world. I work with a researcher who is extremely knowledgeable about his sciences and hands on lab work.
Make sure you take advantage of the financial aid packages because Wash U is one of the most expensive schools in the US. Also, transportation can be a little bit difficult to get out of the city.