Chances of getting into Washington University in St Louis

Washington University in St Louis

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
15%
Admission Difficulty for Washington University in St Louis
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into WUSTL and can I get accepted? The school has a 15% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Missouri for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,708 out of 31,320 applicants were admitted making WUSTL 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 2 percent. Washington University in St Louis typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 38% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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WUSTL SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1470-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
33%
SAT Scores for Washington University in St Louis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1470
SAT Scores for Washington University in St Louis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1520

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Washington University in St Louis?

Washington University in St Louis typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 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 1420. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Missouri for highest average SAT composite score. 33 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Washington University in St Louis admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >23%
1520 to 1570 Avg + 15%-23%
1470 to 1520 Avg - 9%-15%
1420 to 1470 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 1420 Low <6%
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WUSTL ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
71%
ACT Scores for Washington University in St Louis
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Washington University in St Louis
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into WUSTL ?

Admission data indicates that WUSTL 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 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Missouri for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 71 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Washington University in St Louis.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Washington University in St Louis admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >26%
33 to 35 Avg + 15%-26%
32 to 33 Avg - 11%-15%
31 to 32 Reach 8%-11%
Less than 31 Low <8%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.92*
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Washington University in St Louis. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Washington University in St Louis was 3.92 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Missouri for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as WUSTL is a very selective school.

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High School Class Rank

96% of Washington University in St Louis freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Washington University in St Louis students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 96%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Washington University in St Louis admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,223 15,097 31,320
Accepted 2,495 2,213 4,708
Acceptance Rate 15% 15% 15%
Enrolled 934 863 1,797
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 39% 38%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Washington University in St Louis and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Washington University in St Louis
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=179867 IPEDS survey data for Washington University in St Louis.

Frequently Asked Questions

33% of students submit their SAT scores to WUSTL . 71% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

15% of those who apply are granted admission to WUSTL . Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1470 and 1570. 33% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 35. 71% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.