Washington University in St. Louis Admissions Statistics

Learn About Washington University and the GPA and SAT/ACT Scores You'll Need

Washington University St. Louis
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Washington University in St. Louis is a highly selective school that admitted only 17 percent of applicants in 2016. Those interested in applying to Washington University will need to submit an application that includes SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. The university accepts both the Common Application and the Coalition Application.

Why You Might Choose Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis is one of the most selective and highly-ranked universities in the Midwest. Indeed, for both the quality of its programs and the strength of its students, Washington University is comparable to many of the East Coast Ivy League universities (with, Wash U would argue, a bit more Midwest friendliness). Academics are supported by an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Every undergraduate at Washington University belongs to a residential college, creating a small-college atmosphere within this mid-sized university.

Washington University 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. It should come as little surprise that Washington University appears among the top Missouri colleges, top Midwest colleges, and top national universities.

Washington University GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Washington University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Washington University in St. Louis GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real time graph and calculate your chances of getting in at Cappex.com. Data courtesy of Cappex.

​Discussion of Washington University's Admissions Standards

With an acceptance rate well below 20%, Washington University in St. Louis is one of the most selective universities in the country. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, acceptances are concentrated in the upper right corner. Students who were accepted to Washington University tended to have "A" averages, SAT scores (RW+M) of 1400 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 30 or higher. Test scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances of being admitted.

Note that there's a lot of red and yellow hidden behind the green and blue—many students with grades and test scores that were on target for WashU did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Washington University has holistic admissions—the admissions folks are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. A rigorous high school curriculum, winning essay, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application.

Admissions Data (2017):

  • Washington University Acceptance Rate: 16 percent

Test Scores—25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 720 / 770
  • SAT Math: 750 / 800
  • ACT Composite: 32 / 34
  • ACT English: 33 / 35
  • ACT Math: 31 / 35

More Washington University Information

With a high graduation rate and generous financial aid for qualifying students, Washington University has a lot to recommend it. Note that less than half of all students receive grant aid form the university.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 15,303 (7,675 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46 percent male / 54 percent female
  • 92 percent Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,533
  • Books: $992
  • Room and Board: $16,006
  • Other Expenses: $3,444
  • Total Cost: $71,975

Washington University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 54 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 46 percent
    • Loans: 21 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $41,977
    • Loans: $6,088

Academic Programs

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Track and Field, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf

Other Schools to Consider

Applicants to St. Louis University are typically ambitious students whose college searches are not limited by a specific geographic area. They tend to apply to other top-tier private universities such as Yale University, Vanderbilt University, Rice University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Note that Yale and some of the other Ivy League schools are even more selective than Washington University.

If you're interested in attending a college in the St. Louis area, be sure to look at Saint Louis University. The admissions bar is quite a bit lower than Washington University.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics