Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-Schooled Applicants

We welcome applications from students pursuing their secondary studies in home-based or other non-traditional school settings. Because of the unique nature of each home-schooled student's curriculum, W&L requires additional materials to complete your application.

Application Checklist

  • A completed Common Application or QuestBridge Application
  • A signed Early Decision Agreement (If you decide to apply Early Decision)
  • Self-reported or official scores from the SAT or ACT (optional for the Classe of 2027)
  • Self-reported or official results on up to five SAT Subject Tests or AP Tests (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  • A detailed description of your curriculum, including a list of texts utilized
  • If applicable, a listing of all high schools or colleges attended and official transcripts showing all courses completed and grades earned
  • An interview either on-campus with a member of our Admission Staff or off-campus through our Alumni Admissions Program (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  • If available, two teacher recommendations from teachers other than family members (i.e. community college professor, summer program instructor, etc.)
  • Other recommendations in addition to those mentioned above, including letters from coaches, employers, religious advisers, etc (optional)
  • Apply for scholarships and/or financial aid (if needed)

We understand each student's home-schooling experience and application process will be different. If you have questions, contact us at admissions@wlu.edu or 540-458-8710.

Scholarships and Aid

Our mission is to make a Washington and Lee education affordable for all admitted students. We offer both merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid. The Johnson Scholarship application serves as the application for all merit scholarships at W&L and is found on the Writing Supplement to the Common Application. QuestBridge applicants are not required to submit the additional scholarship application. Explore our financial aid information to learn more.

Office of Admissions

Gilliam House
19 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, Virginia 24450


Application Application Deadline Testing Deadline* Financial Aid Application Notification Date
Early Decision Round 1 November 1 ACT Oct 23,
SAT Nov 5
December 1 Late December
Johnson Scholarship December 1 SAT Dec 3,
ACT Dec 10
Varies** Late March
Early Decision Round 2 January 1 SAT Dec 3, ACT Dec 10 January 15 Late January
Regular Decision January 1 SAT Dec 3, ACT Dec 10 February 15 April 1
*For first-year undergraduate applicants to the Class of 2027, 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).