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Washington and Lee Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Washington and Lee University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
24.5%
Admission Difficulty for Washington and Lee University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Washington and Lee and can I get accepted? The school has a 25% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,225 out of 4,998 applicants were admitted making Washington and Lee a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Washington and Lee University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Washington and Lee University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington and Lee SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1350-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT
45%
SAT Scores for Washington and Lee University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 680
SAT Composite 25th 1350
SAT Scores for Washington and Lee University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1430

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Washington and Lee University?

Washington and Lee University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 8 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1350 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1270. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1430 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. 45 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Washington and Lee University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1500 and Above Good >36%
1425 to 1500 Avg + 25%-36%
1350 to 1425 Avg - 16%-25%
1275 to 1350 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1275 Low <10%
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Washington and Lee ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
55%
ACT Scores for Washington and Lee University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Washington and Lee University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Washington and Lee?

Admission data indicates that Washington and Lee regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 31 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Washington and Lee University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Washington and Lee University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >36%
33 to 34 Avg + 25%-36%
32 to 33 Avg - 16%-25%
31 to 32 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 31 Low <10%
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Washington and Lee GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.87*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Washington and Lee University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Washington and Lee. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Washington and Lee University was 3.87 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Virginia for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Washington and Lee is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.87 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

77% of Washington and Lee University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Washington and Lee University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 77%
Top 25% of class 98%
Top 50% of class 100%
Lower 50% of class 0%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Washington and Lee University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,543 2,455 4,998
Accepted 633 592 1,225
Acceptance Rate 25% 24% 25%
Enrolled 225 234 459
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 40% 37%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Washington and Lee University is $60.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Washington and Lee University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Washington and Lee University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Washington and Lee University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234207 IPEDS survey data for Washington and Lee University.

FAQs

Does Washington and Lee University prefer SAT or ACT?

45% of students submit their SAT scores to Washington and Lee. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Washington and Lee University?

25% of those who apply are granted admission to Washington and Lee. Admission competition is high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Washington and Lee University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1350 and 1500. 45% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Washington and Lee University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 34. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.