ST. LOUIS – The Bears are back at Washington University and return for a new school year Monday morning.

There are more than 1,800 students in this year’s freshman class from the U.S. and around the world. 51% of the class of 2026 identify as students of color, and 15% are the first in their families to attend college.

Webster University and Edward Jones just launched a $500,000 grant for a program recruiting undergraduate students of color.