Washington and Lee University (W&L)

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W&L, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Lexington, VA, a predominately rural area. There are around 2,400 students enrolled each year at W&L.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 1960 (25th percentile) to 2190 (75th percentile) on the SAT and within the range of 30 (25th percentile) to 33 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to W&L. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the W&L average GPA ranges from 3.75 to 3.89 for accepted students. Only 18% of applicants are admitted to this school due to the large number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at wlu.edu.

Overall W&L Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Washington and Lee University was reported as 18.4% in Fall 2013 with over 6,220 college applications submitted to W&L. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • W&L SAT Scores: 1960 - 2190
  • W&L ACT Scores: 30 - 33
  • W&L Average GPA: 3.75 - 3.89

How Hard Is It to Get into Washington and Lee University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Washington and Lee University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for W&L has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 19.0%
  • 2010-2011: 19.0%
  • 2011-2012: 18.2%
  • 2012-2013: 19.5%
  • 2013-2014: 18.4%
  • Projected W&L Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 18.8%

How Does W&L Compare?

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The acceptance rate for W&L is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Virginia Military Institute47.3%
Southern Virginia University99.9%
Sweet Briar College84.3%
Randolph College83.4%
Lynchburg College63.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to W&L (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading650 - 740
Math660 - 720
Writing650 - 730
Total Score1960 - 2190
ACT®Score Range
English31 - 34
Math28 - 30
Composite Score30 - 33
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