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Washington and Lee Admissions

If you want to apply to Washington and Lee, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Washington and Lee?

Washington and Lee University offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Washington and Lee is 53%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 25%. In 2021, Washington and Lee admitted 270 of the 513 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Washington and Lee Hard To Get Into?

Washington and Lee is aextremely difficult school to get into. Washington and Lee evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Washington and Lee **accepted 25% of students, around 1,225 of the 4,998 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Washington and Lee, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, Washington and Lee waitlisted 1,391 students. Of those, 743 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important to Get In to Washington and Lee?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Washington and Lee

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Washington and Lee 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Washington and Lee must submit the following items. Double check with Washington and Lee's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Washington and Lee?

Out of all students that were admitted, 26% submitted a class rank. At Washington and Lee 77% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 98% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Washington and Lee University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 26%

Washington and Lee does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 55% of Washington and Lee's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 48% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Washington and Lee?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Washington and Lee students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Washington and Lee students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Washington and Lee?

To be most competitive at Washington and Lee, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Washington and Lee's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Washington and Lee students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Washington and Lee University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Washington and Lee.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is January 1. Applicants should hear back by April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Washington and Lee during the following terms: Fall Term

Washington and Lee Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Washington and Lee?

Students who are admitted to Washington and Lee must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Washington and Lee accept transfer credits?

Washington and Lee accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Washington and Lee accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Washington and Lee accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Washington and Lee?

Washington and Lee. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Washington and Lee Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

25%

How hard is it to get into Washington and Lee? Washington and Lee is a selective institution. The Washington and Lee acceptance rate is 25%. This means that the institution accepts 24 out of every 100 applicants.

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Washington and Lee Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Washington and Lee is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Washington and Lee is Jan 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Washington and Lee ACT Scores

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ACT Range

32 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

32 to 34

Avg

32 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Washington and Lee is 33. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Washington and Lee. Students with an ACT score that falls between 32 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 32 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Washington and Lee SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

680 - 760

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Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

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Washington and Lee GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,183

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

25%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$59,380

Out-of-State

$59,380

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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