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Transfer Applicant FAQs

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To apply for transfer admission to Washington and Lee University, you will need to submit the following information by April 1:

  • Common Application for Transfer Admission (the Common Application is now exclusively online)
  • W&L Member form on the Common Application (previously known as the Supplement)
  • Official Standardized Test Scores (ACT or SAT-I submitted directly from testing center, international applicants may submit SAT, ACT, TEOFL or IELTS)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official College Transcript
  • Two College Professor Recommendations
  • School Official's Report Form
  • Mid-Term Report

Unlike many larger universities around Virginia, Washington & Lee receives a relatively limited number of transfer applications each year. For Fall 2012, we admitted 9 students from 137 applications.  Fall 2012 enrollment had 9 admits from 137 applications, Fall 2011 enrollment saw 11 admits from 73 applications and for Fall 2010 there were 5 admits from 100 applications. While the application review is similarly competitive to that of entering first year students, the application review and timeline are quite different.

If you have never been to Lexington, Virginia, we recommend that you visit campus at some point to take a closer look. Unlike incoming first-year students, we do not interview transfer students, but you can schedule a campus tour and sit in on a group information session. Be sure and check our schedule in advance, as student breaks often fall at different points during the academic year, due to our 12-12-4 calendar. You may also find it helpful to consider the nuances of our liberal-arts curriculum, as characterized by the Foundation and Distribution Requirements.

Unfortunately, there are no merit-based scholarships for transfer students, but you may submit forms for need-based financial aid. However, please note that funding for transfer students is very limited, and in most cases, we do not have the resources to provide substantial financial aid for transfer students.  With limited financial aid, we have not granted fee waivers to transfer applicants in the past.  Additionally, the W&L Promise does not apply to transfer applicants, but is focused on the incoming first-year class.

The successful transfer applicant generally will have achieved at least a B (3.0) average in at least one full academic year of study elsewhere. Prior to matriculation, we are unable to evaluate transfer students' transcripts for the purposes of determining what course credit will transfer. If admitted, you may not transfer more than 56 credits from all work previously attempted; credits are assigned by the appropriate department head and the University Registrar, at the discretion of the appropriate dean.

Students may only apply after completing at least one year of undergraduate academic work. The responsibility for a completed application ultimately rests with the student, so if there is any question about the completion status of an application, it is best to contact the general admissions email.

Dates & Deadlines

Application Due Date: April 1 for Fall Semester enrollment (September)

Contact Information

If you have questions about the transfer process or would like further information, please contact us: While interviews are not offered for transfer applicants, We do recommend contacting us before submitting an application.

You may apply for admission to Washington and Lee University via the Common App

Paper versions of these materials may be found here