With an acceptance rate below 20%, Washington and Lee University is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that nearly all students who got in had "A" averages. They also tended to have combined SAT scores above 2000, and ACT composite scores of 29 or higher. Your chances are best if you have a 4.0 unweighted GPA and an SAT score over 2100.
Note that there are a lot of red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Quite a few students who had grades and test scores that were on target for Washington and Lee did not get admitted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Washington and Lee University, like most of the country's highly selective private colleges, uses The Common Application and has holistic admissions. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will want to see a winning application essay, interesting extracurricular activities, and strong letters of recommendation. Finally, Washington and Lee highly recommends that prospective students do an optional college interview -- it's a great place to show off your personality and passions.
To learn more about Washington and Lee University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Washington and Lee Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?