First-Year Applicants

First-Year Applicants

Current high school seniors or students who have never taken college classes after graduating from high school should apply as first-year applicants. (First-year applicants who are non-U.S. citizens should apply as International Applicants.)

To apply, candidates must submit an application through The Common Application or through their QuestBridge National College Match application. A complete application consists of various documents, some of which have different deadlines. 

Application Checklist

Scholarships and Aid

Our mission is to make a Washington and Lee education affordable for all admitted students. We offer both merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid. The Johnson Scholarship application serves as the application for all merit scholarships at W&L and is found on the Writing Supplement to the Common Application. QuestBridge applicants are not required to submit the additional scholarship application. Explore our financial aid information to learn more.

Office of Admissions

Gilliam House
19 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, Virginia 24450


Application Application Deadline Testing Deadline* Financial Aid Application Notification Date
Early Decision Round 1 November 1 ACT Oct 23,
SAT Nov 5
December 1 Late December
Johnson Scholarship December 1 SAT Dec 3,
ACT Dec 10
Varies** Late March
Early Decision Round 2 January 1 SAT Dec 3, ACT Dec 10 January 15 Late January
Regular Decision January 1 SAT Dec 3, ACT Dec 10 February 15 by April 1
*For first-year undergraduate applicants to the Class of 2027, submitting SAT or ACT scores is optional. For more information, please read our standardized testing policy.

**Financial aid application deadlines are based on your admission application decision choice (Early Decision 1 or 2, Regular Decision).