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    Washington and Lee University

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    Admissions Overview

    From W&L

    We seek academically talented, curious, and engaged students from around the world. Our student body represents 49 states and 47 countries of citizenship, who are not only academically driven but also leaders in their schools and communities, dedicated to making a positive impact on those around them.

    W&L offers Early Decision I (Nov. 1), II (Jan. 1), and Regular Decision (Jan. 1) admission plans. Students may apply via the Common Application, the Coalition Application by SCOIR, or QuestBridge.

    W&L is a proud member of the QuestBridge College Partnership, which includes 50 of the best colleges and universities in the U.S. and is committed to increasing access to top-quality education.

    The Johnson Scholarship is W&L’s premier merit-based scholarship, providing full tuition, housing, and meals to up to 10% of each incoming class. Scholarship winners also receive an additional $10,000 to support summer experiences or study abroad. Application for the Johnson Scholarship is open to all Early Decision and Regular Decision candidates and requires a supplemental essay due by Dec. 1, regardless of the intended application round.

    Application Requirements
    Incoming Class Profile
    17%

    Admission Rate
    34

    Median ACT
    1453

    Median SAT
    1453 is the median SAT score and 34 is the median ACT score for admitted students at Washington and Lee. A score that is close to this median value indicates that you have a good chance of admission to the institution. However, it’s important to remember that colleges judge applications holistically. If the rest of your application is strong, it’s possible to make up for lower test scores.

    Coalition Colleges

    Washington and Lee is a Coalition Member College, which means they have completed a vigorous vetting process from the Coalition for College to ensure that they “provide substantial support to lower-income, under-resourced and/or first-generation students; offer responsible student financial aid; and demonstrate a commitment to student graduation.” That also means you can apply to Washington and Lee via the Coalition Application. The Coalition Application makes it easy to obtain application fee waivers if you qualify. It’s also a great way to discover other colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to affordability and strong student outcomes.

    Is Washington and Lee test-optional?

    Washington and Lee University is test-optional, which means that it does not require applicants to submit their SAT or ACT scores. That means that some students will submit their test scores and others will not. If you choose not to submit your ACT or SAT score, the admissions officers will weigh your grades, extracurricular activities, essays, and interviews more heavily. If you are not sure whether you should submit your standardized test scores, our guide on submitting scores to test-optional schools can help.

    What SAT/ACT score do you need to get into Washington and Lee University?

    Colleges use standardized tests like the SAT and ACT as one of many factors to determine their admissions decisions. A high score on one of these tests does not guarantee admission to a college, and a low score does not guarantee rejection. However, the majority of accepted applicants to Washington and Lee University receive between a 32 and a 34 on their ACT, or a 1385 and a 1522 on their SAT.

    January
    1

    Regular Decision

    November
    1

    Early Decision I

    January
    1

    Early Decision II

    What is the application deadline at Washington and Lee?

    Students must apply by January 1 to enroll at Washington and Lee during the fall semester. Remember that college applications involve many pieces, including essays, a transcript, letters of recommendation, and more. Be sure to start your application as soon as you can to make sure you have enough time to make it as compelling as possible.


    At Washington and Lee students also have the opportunity to apply Early Decision. In order to take advantage of this option, you’ll have to have your application in by November 1.


    You can also choose to apply Early Decision II, with a later deadline of January 1.

    Should I apply Regular or Early Decision to Washington and Lee?

    Applying to Washington and Lee with Early Decision can be a great decision if you are 100% sure you want to go there. You’ll find out your admissions decision earlier than other students, and some data shows that you may help your admissions chances. However, you should keep in mind that Early Decision is binding. If you do get into the school, you won’t be able to change your mind later. If there is any doubt in your mind, you should apply Early Action or Regular Decision instead.


    Read more: All you need to know about Early Action vs Early Decision

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