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Every undergraduate at Washington University belongs to a residential college, creating a small-college atmosphere within a mid-sized university. WashU was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences, and it is a member of the American Association of Universities for its strong research programs. Washington University appears among the top Missouri colleges, top Midwest colleges, and top national universities. Considering applying to WashU? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Washington University in St. Louis had an acceptance rate of 15%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 15 students were admitted, making WashU's admissions process highly competitive. Admissions Statistics (2017-18) Number of Applicants 31,320 Percent Admitted 15% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 38% SAT Scores and Requirements Washington University in St. Louis requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 33% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th percentile 75th percentile ERW 710 770 Math 760 800 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of WashU's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to WashU scored between 710 and 770, while 25% scored below 710 and 25% scored above 770. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 760 and 800, while 25% scored below 760 and 25% scored a perfect 800. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1570 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at WashU. Requirements WashU does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Washington University in St. Louis participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT dates. WashU accepts self-reported test scores from applicants, with official scores required upon enrollment. SAT Subject tests are not required at WashU. ACT Scores and Requirements Washington University in St. Louis requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 71% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25% percentile 75% percentile English 34 36 Math 30 34 Composite 32 35 This admissions data tells us that most of WashU's admitted students fall within the top 3% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to WashU received a composite ACT score between 32 and 35, while 25% scored above 35 and 25% scored below 32. Requirements Unlike many universities, WashU superscores ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. WashU does not require the ACT writing section. GPA In 2018, the average high school GPA of Washington University at St. Louis' freshmen class was 4.15, and over 85% of incoming students had GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to WUSTL have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph Washington University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Washington University in St. Louis. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances Washington University in St. Louis has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, WashU has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside WashU's average range. All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Washington University in St. Louis Undergraduate Admissions Office. How Competitive Is Johns Hopkins University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Washington and Lee's Admissions Process? Learn about Columbia University and What It Takes to Get In How Competitive Is Rice University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is the University of Notre Dame's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is BYU's Admissions Process? 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