W&L offers a binding Early Decision program and a non-binding Regular Decision program. Your deadlines are picked by your application choice, so you can choose the option that is best for you.


Application Application Deadline Testing Deadline Financial Aid Application Notification Date
Early Decision Round 1 November 1 SAT Nov 3, ACT Oct 27 December 1 Late December
Johnson Scholarship December 9 SAT Dec 1, ACT Dec 8 Varies** Late March
Early Decision Round 2 January 1 SAT Dec 1, ACT Dec 8 January 15 Late January
Regular Decision January 1 SAT Dec 1, ACT Dec 8 February 15 April 1
**Financial aid application deadlines are based on your admission application decision choice (Early Decision 1 or 2, Regular Decision).

Early Decision

Students who determine that W&L is their first-choice college may consider applying through our binding Early Decision. We offer two Early Decision deadlines, depending on when you'd like to apply.

Regular Decision

Most applicants to W&L apply Regular Decision. In contrast to the binding Early Decision option, students applying Regular Decision may consider all colleges to which they applied before making a final choice about where to enroll.


Washington and Lee partners with QuestBridge, a national non-profit organization, to assist low-income, high-achieving students connect with high-quality colleges.

Office of Admissions

Gilliam House
19 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, Virginia 24450