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Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate19%
Acceptance Rate19%

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.

Students who submit their applications to Washington and Lee for fall should hear back from Washington and Lee by April 1.

Washington and Lee Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Washington and Lee's admissions stats.

Washington and Lee 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 78%
Mean SAT Score 1458
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 32%
Waitlist Yes

Washington and Lee University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Washington and Lee University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 31
Early Decision II Yes January 1 January 31
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Applying Early to Washington and Lee?

Washington and Lee 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 I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 31.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 31.

The early decision acceptance rate at Washington and Lee is 48%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 19%. Last year, Washington and Lee admitted 274 of the 569 students who applied early decision.

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

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

More on Washington and Lee University Admissions

Transferring to Washington and Lee University

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Washington and Lee

Washington and Lee has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Washington and Lee Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Washington and Lee

Curious about the factors that are considered by Washington and Lee 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
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Washington and Lee for more information on admission factors.

Washington and Lee Application Requirements

To apply to Washington and Lee, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in 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
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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

Washington and Lee has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At Washington and Lee 78% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Washington and Lee University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
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 Washington and Lee 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

Washington and Lee considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 26% of Washington and Lee's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 32% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Washington and Lee?

To be competitive with other Washington and Lee applicants, you should strive to earn between 1410 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Washington and Lee 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1410, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Washington and Lee student is 1458.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Washington and Lee students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Washington and Lee students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Washington and Lee?

To be most competitive at Washington and Lee, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Washington and Lee'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 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.

More Information on 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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Washington and Lee.

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) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

❌ No, Washington and Lee is test optional, so you can make the call 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 your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Washington and Lee's acceptance rate?

✅ Washington and Lee's acceptance rate is 19%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Washington and Lee?

✅ Washington and Lee's early decision acceptance rate was 48% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Washington and Lee? Washington and Lee is a selective institution. The Washington and Lee acceptance rate is 19%. This means that the institution accepts 18 out of every 100 applicants.


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


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


32 to 35


32 and Less


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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 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Washington and Lee. Students with an ACT score that falls between 32 and 35 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


Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1530


Math SAT Range

710 - 780


Reading SAT Range

700 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1530 and Above


1410 to 1530


1410 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Washington and Lee students is 1458. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Washington and Lee, while applicants with SAT scores between 1410 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1410 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Washington and Lee.

Washington and Lee GPA

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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