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Colleges / Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%
Acceptance Rate13%

WashU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to WashU, the regular decision application deadline is January 4 and the fee for the application costs $75.

Students who submit their applications to WashU for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

WashU Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of WashU's admissions stats.

WashU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 89%
Mean SAT Score 1522
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 25%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 41%
Waitlist Yes

Washington University in St. Louis Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Washington University in St. Louis.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 16
Early Decision II Yes January 4 February 17
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to WashU?

WashU offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 16.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 4. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 17.

The early decision acceptance rate at WashU is 29%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 13%. Last year, WashU admitted 1098 of the 3754 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Washington University in St. Louis Admissions

Transferring to Washington University in St. Louis

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to WashU

WashU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does WashU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at WashU

Wondering what factors are considered by WashU during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
First Generation Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered

Make sure to check with WashU for more information on admission factors.

WashU 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.5
Other Requirements Portfolio for the College of Art and the College of Architecture
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into WashU?

WashU has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school. WashU considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 27% submitted a class rank. At WashU 89% 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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Washington University in St. Louis, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 64%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 8%
3.25 and 3.49 3%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to WashU directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

WashU looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

WashU is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 25% of WashU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for WashU?

To be competitive with other WashU applicants, you should aim to earn between 1490 and 1570 (or higher!) on the SAT. At WashU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1570 and 25% of scored lower than 1490, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a WashU student is 1522.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of WashU students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 730 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of WashU students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 730 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for WashU?

To be most competitive at WashU, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for WashU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for WashU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

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

More Information on Transferring to Washington University in St. Louis

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to WashU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in WashU during the following terms:

• Fall Term

WashU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to WashU?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to WashU.

Does WashU accept transfer credits?

✅ WashU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does WashU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ WashU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to WashU?

❌ No, WashU is test optional, so you can choose whether to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is WashU's acceptance rate?

✅ WashU's acceptance rate is 13%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at WashU?

✅ WashU's early decision acceptance rate was 29% in 2021.

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WashU Admissions Requirements

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How hard is it to get into WashU? WashU is a selective institution. The WashU acceptance rate is 13%. This means that the institution accepts 13 out of every 100 applicants.


WashU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WashU is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WashU is Mar 1.

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

WashU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1490 - 1570


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1570 and Above


1490 to 1570


1490 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for WashU students is 1522. Applicants with SAT scores of 1570 and above have a good chance of being admitted to WashU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1490 to 1570 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1490 have a low chance of being offered a spot at WashU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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