Welcome to your senior year. Home of cool kid lockers, assorted Dickens' novels, your senior prom and big decisions. One of the first big decisions you'll have to make is where you'll apply to college and when. At Washington and Lee we offer three deadlines for applications:
Finally the time comes to put pen to paper. Or maybe just move your mouse around a little. Washington and Lee is a member of the Common Application - one application you can use to apply over 300 schools nationwide. This application is available online and includes:
Senior Year might be full of fun but we'll also need you to spend a few Saturday mornings taking standardized tests. Washington and Lee requires either the SAT or the ACT with its writing portion. Additionally, we recommend you submit two SAT Subject Tests. This is a strong recommendation, but not a requirement to be considered for admission.
In kindergarten you were the first to learn to count to 100. In elementary school you aced your spelling tests. Middle school biology was a breeze, and you founded the jazz band. And in high school you skipped senior skip day to finish a French test. You've worked hard and made your world a better place. Now you deserve a reward. How about four years of college, no charge? The Johnson Scholarship Program was established to recognize students' achievements in the classroom, their leadership potential, and their accomplishments in extracurricular endeavors. Annually the Johnson Scholarship Program awards over 40 full tuition, room and board scholarships to students based not on the ability to afford a W&L education, but on their hard work, their leadership experience and their involvement in their schools and communities . And all you have to do to put yourself into the running for the Johnson Scholarship is write one extra essay. Makes missing out on senior skip day sound pretty good! Click here to find out more information and to apply for the Johnson Scholarship.
There's no doubt that a Washington and Lee education is a substantial investment. The Johnson Scholarship is one source of funding to help you afford that investment, but our need-based aid programs are just as impressive.
You wouldn't dream of sending in your admission application a month after our deadline, would you? Well, don't be late with your financial aid application, either! If you wait to apply for financial aid until you know whether you gained admission to W&L, it will be too late, and all the money will be gone. As soon as you start working on your essays and thinking about which teachers to ask for recommendation letters, you and your family should begin the financial aid application process. File the College Board's PROFILE form and the U.S. Government's FAFSA form to apply.
Best of all, admitted students who met all our financial aid deadlines and are found to have financial need will have their full need met with grant funds (free money) and a work-study job. No loans.
The Waiting Place... it's not just something from a Dr. Seuss book. And after you lick that postage stamp or hit the "submit" button you're there. All you can do now is wait. Applications take time to process and read. Annually we receive over 6,000 applications. Our staff will burn a vat of midnight oil to make it through them all, but we're thoughtful, careful and fair. Expect to hear from us by April 1st (no joke) if you apply Regular Decision, by December 22nd if you apply Early Decision 1 and by February 1st if you apply Early Decision 2.
In the meantime, read up on what it is we are looking for as we evaluate applications. Peruse our list of Frequently Asked Questions to gain more insight into Washington and Lee and the admissions process. Take a look at some facts about the background of the latest group of W&L First Years. And, as always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Finally, take Dr. Seuss' words of wisdom to heart: "Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying. You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you'll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you're that kind of a guy!"