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Washington & Lee University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1749
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Other
Undergraduate student body: 1,752
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $586,968,000
Admissions Address

204 West Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450-2116



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: William M. Hartog III
Admissions office telephone: (540) 463-8710
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 22
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://admissions.wlu.edu/web/page/normal/101.html Tuition deposit: $350 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $150 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 4
Science 1 3
Lab 1 N/A
Foreign language 3 4
Social studies 1 N/A
History 1 2
Academic electives 4 N/A
Total academic units 16 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 27%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 38%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 24%
Total applicants: 4,215
Total acceptances: 1,158
Total freshman enrollment: 449
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 15%
Male applicants: 2,087
Male acceptances: 585
Male freshman enrollment: 228
Female applicants: 2,128
Female acceptances: 573
Female freshman enrollment: 221
Out-of-state freshmen: 85%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 921
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 351
Students enrolled from waiting list: 66

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 81%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 98%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 54%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 77%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 650 – 740
Math: 650 – 730
Combined: 1300 – 1470

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 47.0% 48.0%
600-699 48.0% 49.0%
500-599 5.0% 3.0%
400-499 0.0% 0.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 21%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 28 – 31

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 53.0% N/A N/A
24-29 47.0% N/A N/A
18-23 0.0% N/A N/A
12-17 0.0% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A


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