Chances of getting into Washington and Lee University
|Applicant Competition||Very High|
How hard is it to get into Washington and Lee and can I get accepted? The school has a 21% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,239 out of 5,855 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 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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Washington and Lee SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT45%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||670|
|SAT Math 25th||680|
|SAT Composite 25th||1350|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||730|
|SAT Math 75th||760|
|SAT Composite 75th||1490|
|Average SAT Score||1420|
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 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 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1490 and Above||Good||>31%|
|1420 to 1490||Avg +||21%-31%|
|1350 to 1420||Avg -||14%-21%|
|1280 to 1350||Reach||8%-14%|
|Less than 1280||Low||<8%|
Washington and Lee ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT55%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||28|
|ACT Composite 25th||31|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||33|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
|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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Washington and Lee University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>35%|
|32 to 34||Avg +||21%-35%|
|31 to 32||Avg -||16%-21%|
|30 to 31||Reach||12%-16%|
|Less than 30||Low||<12%|
Avg. High School GPA3.87*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Washington and Lee University. 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.
80% of Washington and Lee University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||40%||36%||38%|
Applications were DueJan 1, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Washington and Lee University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
45% of students submit their SAT scores to Washington and Lee. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
21% of those who apply are granted admission to Washington and Lee. 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 1350 and 1490. 45% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.