Lexington, Virginia

Washington and Lee Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Washington and Lee University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Washington and Lee University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Washington and Lee and can I get accepted? The school has a 22% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,200 out of 5,455 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 extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent. Only 39% 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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Washington and Lee SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Washington and Lee University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1410
SAT Scores for Washington and Lee University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1470

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 requires applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1410 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 1350. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. 35 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Washington and Lee University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >32%
1465 to 1520 Avg + 22%-32%
1410 to 1465 Avg - 14%-22%
1355 to 1410 Reach 9%-14%
Less than 1355 Low <9%
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Washington and Lee ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Washington and Lee University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Washington and Lee University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 32

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 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 65 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Washington and Lee University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Washington and Lee University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >32%
32 to 33 Avg + 22%-32%
31 to 32 Avg - 14%-22%
30 to 31 Reach 9%-14%
Less than 30 Low <9%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Washington and Lee University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

80% 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 80%
Top 25% of class 98%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Washington and Lee University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,778 2,677 5,455
Accepted 615 585 1,200
Acceptance Rate 22% 22% 22%
Enrolled 224 247 471
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 42% 39%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 105 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Washington and Lee before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Washington and Lee University and what considerations affect 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.