2026 Class Profile

2026 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 2026

Applied 7,229
Admitted 1,229
Enrolled 478
(268 Early Decision 1, Early Decision II and QuestBridge Offers. 210 Regular Decision and Waitlist Offers, including 5 students on a gap year in 2021-22)
48% Men
52% Women
<1% Non-Binary
7% Johnson Scholars
9% International Students
22% Domestic Students of Color
(students identifying as Asian American, African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander and multi-racial)
10% First-Generation College Students
10% Children of Alumni
6% QuestBridge Finalists
32% Recruited Athletes

High School Background

51% Public/Charter School
47% Independent/Parochial School
1% United World College
<1% Home School/Other

Curriculum Background

95% with AP, Advanced International Certificate of Education, and/or IB coursework
68% studied four years or more of at least one world language
85% completed at least one level of IB Math or a calculus course
85% studied four or more years' worth of lab science

Scores*

32-34 Middle 50% ACT Composite
34 Median ACT
1430-1510 Middle 50% SAT
1470 Median SAT
* of the 55% of students who submitted scores during this test-optional year

Financial Aid Information

57% Students Receiving W&L Grant Assistance
$57,976 Average Need-Based Grant
$59,949 Average Institutional Award (need and/or merit based)
13% Pell Grant Recipients

Extracurricular Stories

The Class of 2026's leadership, community-engagement, entrepreneurship and resilience were prominent throughout high school. They served as honor council members, student body presidents, state champion athletes, concert masters, community servants, interns, editors in chief, Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts plus:

School mascot; Jewish student union president; first amendment club founder; archer;  EMT/fire fighter; member of U19 Korean lacrosse team; poll worker; USAF veteran; beekeeper; co-author of UN report on Oppression of Indigenous Peoples; Common Ground club leader; Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholar; Above Ground Burial researcher; YouTube milkshake reviewer; high school voter registration drive founder; ambassador of the year, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; musical composer/arranger; Gaelic football captain; polyglot; rhythmic gymnast;  City of San Francisco mayoral intern;  "Senior Singalong" video creator; Kennedy Lugar Youth Ambassador; Ladies First podcast founder; fundraisers, from $5k - $100K. 

some of their jobs included:

Escape room gamemaster, gymnastics instructor, HVAC apprentice, ballroom dance instructor, pharmacy tech, mini-golf course pro, restaurant- all shapes and sizes- staff, caregiver at retirement home, ukulele instructor, cow corral builder, groundskeeper, lake steward, carpenter, head "snow-ista" at shaved ice shop.