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Lexington, Virginia

Washington and Lee Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Washington and Lee University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
21.2%
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 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1350-1490
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 730
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1420

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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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Washington and Lee University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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Washington and Lee ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
55%
ACT Scores for Washington and Lee University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
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 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.

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 >35%
32 to 34 Avg + 21%-35%
31 to 32 Avg - 16%-21%
30 to 31 Reach 12%-16%
Less than 30 Low <12%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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.

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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 2,971 2,884 5,855
Accepted 662 577 1,239
Acceptance Rate 22% 20% 21%
Enrolled 268 206 474
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 36% 38%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

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.

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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.