W&L offers a binding Early Decision program and a non-binding Regular Decision program. Your deadlines are picked by your application choice, so you can choose the option that is best for you.


Application Application Deadline Testing Deadline* Financial Aid Application Notification Date
Early Decision Round 1 November 1 ACT Oct 24,
SAT Nov 7
December 1 Late December
Johnson Scholarship December 1 SAT Dec 5, ACT Dec 12 Varies** Late March
Early Decision Round 2 January 1 SAT Dec 5, ACT Dec 12 January 15 Late January
Regular Decision January 1 SAT Dec 5, ACT Dec 12 February 15 April 1
*For first-year undergraduate applicants to the Class of 2025, 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).

Early Decision

Students who determine that W&L is their first-choice college may consider applying through our binding Early Decision. We offer two Early Decision deadlines, depending on when you'd like to apply.

Regular Decision

Most applicants to W&L apply Regular Decision. In contrast to the binding Early Decision option, students applying Regular Decision may consider all colleges to which they applied before making a final choice about where to enroll.


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Office of Admissions

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19 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, Virginia 24450