First-Year Class Profile The Class of 2023

General Information

Public / Charter School 49%
Private / Parochial School 51%
QuestBridge Finalists 17
Domestic Students of Color  85
First Generation College Students 38


32-34Middle 50% ACT Composite
1380-1480Middle 50% SATR

Financial Aid Information

Percent of Students Receiving W&L Grant Assistance
Number of Students Receiving W&L Grant Assistance
Average Need-Based Grant
Average Institutional Award (need and/or merit based)
Pell Grant Recipients
53 (11.4%)

Curriculum Background

97% of the class entered with AP, Advanced International Certificate of Education, and/or IB Background

Foreign Language Background

73% of the class of the class studied four years or more of at least one foreign language.

STEM Background

97%completed at least one level of IB Math or a calculus course
73%studied four or more years' worth of lab science
18%took at least one year of computer science or programming in high school

Extracurricular Life

The class of 2023 includes students who have served as honor council members, student body presidents, state champion athletes, concert masters, entrepreneurs, community service leaders, interns, nationally ranked debaters, editors in chief, Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts plus a:

pilot, state science fair champion, arborists (saving tress from pestilence in hometown), a top campaign caller in state, Celtic Club founder, board member for Operation Smile, Lenfest Scholar, Mars Exploration intern at NASA, Hurricane Irma clean up volunteer, public health advocate in Tanzania, TEDx founder, US Senate Page, We Are Listening blog editor, motorcycle mechanic & patent-holder.

Some have also worked as a:

DJ, Subway sandwich artist. PA for Dr. OZ Show, McDonalds's drive thru manager, marine servicer, dog walker for Poop Patrol, baker, professional actor, bounce house party host, florist, Gadget Guys repair founder, candlemaker, BBQ chef and hot pepper farmer.

Fun Facts

  • #1 is a hot number in this class. Seven students share a birthday full of "1s" but Fall remains the popular birthday season: 52 members of the Class of 2023 have October birthdays.
  • There's only one New Year's baby in the class, but two born on New Year's Eve
  • The students who traveled farthest to attend W&L are from Vietnam: nearly 8,500 miles away.
  • The first-year student with the largest population adjustment is from Shanghai, the world's largest city, with 24 million residents
  • Alliteration is at play with students' names this year. Sam and Sarah are the most popular preferred names in this class