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Chances of getting into Washington University in St Louis

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
16%
Admission Difficulty for Washington University in St Louis
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into WUSTL and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at WUSTL is 16%.  It ranks #2 in Missouri and #38 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. WUSTL is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 4,477 out of 27,949 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1480/1560 ACT 33/35). Washington University in St Louis typically accepts and attracts "A/A+" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 4.21. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The WUSTL application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Washington University in St Louis. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 33% of students submitted SAT scores and 71% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

WUSTL SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1480-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT 
33%
SAT Scores for Washington University in St Louis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1480
SAT Scores for Washington University in St Louis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Washington University in St Louis typically prefers applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1480 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 1440. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. WUSTL ranks #1 in Missouri and #7 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 33 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Washington University in St Louis admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1560 and Above Good >27%
1520 to 1560 Avg + 16%-27%
1480 to 1520 Avg - 9%-16%
1440 to 1480 Reach 5%-9%
Less than 1440 Low <5%
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WUSTL ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
33-35 
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 33
ACT Scores for Washington University in St Louis
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

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 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 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 and #11 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >27%
34 to 35 Avg + 16%-27%
33 to 34 Avg - 9%-16%
32 to 33 Reach 5%-9%
Less than 32 Low <5%
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WUSTL GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
4.21
Typical High School Grades 
A/A+

What GPA do you need to get into Washington University in St Louis?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into WUSTL . The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Washington University in St Louis was 4.21 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A/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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Washington University in St Louis students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 67.0% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 23.0% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 8.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 2.0% Low
3.00 to 3.24 0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

86% 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 86%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Washington University in St Louis admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,637 13,312 27,949
Accepted 2,375 2,102 4,477
Acceptance Rate 16% 16% 16%
Enrolled 959 845 1,804
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 40% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
48

Applicants have 48 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Washington University in St Louis is $75.

Application Requirements

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

Washington University in St Louis Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
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.

FAQs

Does Washington University in St Louis prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Washington University in St Louis?

16% 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.

What SAT score is required for Washington University in St Louis?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1480 and 1560. 33% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Washington University in St Louis?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 71% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.