2027 Class Profile

2027 Class Profile

There is no single formula for a successful application. We are looking for an exceptional group of intellectually curious students who will actively and positively contribute to the W&L community. We consider a wide range of factors in addition to your academic record. These include extra-curricular involvement, character, interest in attending W&L, and other personal qualities.

Meet the Class of 2027

Applied 6,825
Admitted 1,185
Enrolled 502
(273 Early Decision 1, Early Decision II and QuestBridge Offers. 226 Regular Decision, including 3 students on a gap year in 2022-23)

48% Men
52% Women
<1% Non-Binary
10% Johnson Scholars
8% International Students
24% Domestic Students of Color
(students identifying as Asian American, African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander and multi-racial)
12% First-Generation College Students
10% Children of Alumni
6% QuestBridge Finalists
25% Recruited Athletes

High School Background

53% Public / Charter School
46% Independent / Parochial School
<1% United World College
<1% Home School / Other

Curriculum Background

91% with AP, Advanced International Certificate of Education, and/or IB coursework
66% studied four years or more of at least one world language
82% completed at least one level of IB Math or a calculus course
80% studied four or more years' worth of lab science


32-35 Middle 50% ACT Composite
34 Median ACT
1430-1510 Middle 50% SAT
1470 Median SAT

*for the 52% of enrolling students who submitted scores during this test-optional year

Percentage of students submitting test scores: Applied - 42% submitted, 58% not-submitted; Admitted: 59% submitted, 41% not-submitted; Enrolled: 52% submitted, 48% not-submitted

Financial Aid Information

59% Students Receiving W&L Grant Assistance
$59,729 Average Need-Based Grant
$64,192 Average Institutional Award (need and/or merit-based)
13% Pell Grant Recipients

Geographic Breakdown

Representation by region: Virginia - 17%, Mid-Atlantic - 21%, Southeast - 19%, South - 17%, Midwest - 8%, West - 6%, Northeast - 4%, International - 8%

  • 26 countries of origin represented
  • 44 U.S. states/territories represented
  • 26 languages, including English, spoke at home

Class of 2027 Engagement

We are thrilled to welcome this class of academically talented, curious, creative and courageous students, each of whom uniquely — and capably — emerged from the most selective process in the university's undergraduate history.  Their leadership, community-engagement, entrepreneurship and resilience were prominent throughout high school. They served as honor council members, founders of dozens of clubs and non-profit organizations, student body presidents, published authors, state champion athletes and musicians, community servants, Girls and Boys State and Nation representatives, interns, editors in chief, family translators, Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts plus:

Improv comedian, cross-country cyclist (as in biked across the US!), the first secondary school student to intern in the Ukrainian parliament, team member responsible for raising $600,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research, NASA researcher, refugee tutor, Appalachian Trail hiker, polyglot, math dictionary co-author, Fairfax County Champion of Character award winner, amateur herpetologist, US State Department youth ambassador, Arabic, Indonesian, Irish and Korean dancers, grave chronicler, glass artist, poll worker, African culture club founder, wildlife management club founder, film festival curator, and bagpiper (apologies in advance to your roommate!)

Some of their jobs included:

"Scoopologist," steer breeder, sandwich artists, farm hands, escape room game master, baristas, henna artist, dock master, whitewater kayak instructor, lifeguards, retail mavens, Amish poultry stand representative, seamstress, restaurant hosts, disc golf course designer, referees, and froster at Nothing Bundt Cake, arguably the best bakery name ever.