Our goal is to get to know you as well as possible through your application, in hopes of understanding the degree to which you benefit from and contribute to the W&L community. W&L offers a binding Early Decision program and a non-binding Regular Decision program. Each has separate deadlines, so you can choose the option that is best for you.

There are two ways of applying. W&L is a member of the Common Application, a shared form allowing you to submit one application to multiple colleges. Most W&L applicants will use the Common Application to apply. In addition, W&L is a partner college of the QuestBridge organization. If you complete a QuestBridge application, you may have it sent to W&L. We are pleased to review either the Common Application or the QuestBridge application.

The optional Johnson Scholarship application is found on the W&L Writing Supplement to the Common Application. QuestBridge applicants are not required to submit the additional Johnson Scholarship application.

Application Deadlines

Calendar deadlines for early decision, regular decision, The Johnson Scholarship and financial aid applications. Also notification dates for applicant candidacy.

First-Year Applicants

Students who are currently seniors in high school or who have never taken college classes after graduating from high school should apply as first-year students under one of our three application schedules. Read more about our application requirements for first-year students, including specific recommendations for Johnson Scholarship applicants, home-schooled students and international students living outside the United States.

Transfer Applicants

Unlike many larger universities around Virginia, Washington and Lee receives a relatively limited number of transfer applications each year. Learn more about our requirements for transfer students.

International Applicants

More than 130 students at W&L hold foreign citizenship, representing more than 50 nationalities in our student body. Learn more about our application requirements for international students living outside the United States.

The Generals' Headquarters (GHQ)

Here at The Generals' Headquarters, applicants to W&L can monitor the progress of their applications and, eventually, receive their admissions decisions.

The Gap Year

All of your questions about the Washington and Lee Gap Year answered here.

The Waiting List

All of your questions about the Washington and Lee Waitlist answered here.