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WashU Admissions

If you want to apply to WashU, the regular decision application deadline is January 2 and the application fee is $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from WashU by April 1.

WashU Admissions Stats at a Glance

WashU 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 86%
Mean SAT Score 1508
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 67%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to WashU?

Washington University in St. Louis 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 1/2.

The early decision acceptance rate at WashU is 35%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 16%. Last year, WashU admitted 1080 of the 3109 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.

How To Get Into Washington University in St. Louis

It is extremely difficult to get into WashU. WashU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, WashU accepted 16% of all applicants, around 4,477 of the 27,949 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like WashU, 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.

What's Most Important to Get In to WashU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at WashU

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

WashU Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to WashU 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.5
Other Requirements Portfolio for the College of Art and the College of Architecture
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into WashU?

Students admitted to WashU have an average unweighted GPA of 4.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 25% submitted a class rank. At WashU 86% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Washington University in St. Louis, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 25%
3.75 and 3.99 23%
3.50 and 3.74 8%
3.25 and 3.49 2%
3.00 and 3.24 0%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

WashU considers 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 2021, 37% of WashU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 67% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for WashU?

To be competitive with other WashU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1480 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At WashU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1480, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a WashU student is 1508.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of WashU students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of WashU students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.

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What's 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.

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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 or not to include your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is WashU's acceptance rate?

WashU's acceptance rate is 16%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at WashU?

WashU's early decision acceptance rate was 35% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into WashU? WashU is a selective institution. The WashU acceptance rate is 16%. This means that the institution accepts 16 out of every 100 applicants.



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WashU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WashU is Jan 2.

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to WashU is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into WashU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

WashU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1560


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1560 and Above


1480 to 1560


1480 and Less


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for WashU students is 1508. Applicants with SAT scores of 1560 and above have a good chance of being admitted to WashU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1480 to 1560 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1480 have a low chance of being offered a spot at WashU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At WashU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.21. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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