Your senior-year transcript should show that you continue to take demanding courses. Most applicants take advantage of honors, advanced placement, and international baccalaureate courses, if offered by their high schools.
Most candidates’ transcripts include:
- 4 years of English.
- 4 years of mathematics. (the College of Architecture, Olin Business School, and School of Engineering & Applied Science strongly recommend calculus.)
- 3-4 years of history or social science.
- 3-4 years of laboratory science. (Engineering strongly recommends chemistry and physics.)
- At least 2 years of a foreign language.
- Both chemistry and physics, as well as the most challenging math programs available, for students who plan to do coursework in engineering, sciences, and/or pre-medicine.
Other important parts of an application include:
- Grades and class rank (if your school ranks students).
- Counselor and teacher recommendations.
- Common Application essay.
- Extracurricular and community activities.
- Standardized test scores, (Either SAT or ACT, writing is not required. SAT Subject tests are not required. Test results from any of your high school years are acceptable, though we encourage senior-year testing. We consider only the highest individual section scores, whenever they occurred.)
- A portfolio. Required for College of Art applicants; strongly encouraged for College of Architecture applicants.
You should apply as a transfer student if you meet all of the following requirements:
- You have finished secondary school and completed some college study.
- You would like to be considered for admission with advanced standing at Washington University.
- You are interested in enrolling full-time in an undergraduate degree program with a specific academic focus.
- You have never attended any of Washington University’s full-time, degree-granting schools.
Your Academic Preparation
Transfer admission to Washington University is both selective and competitive. In any given year any academic division may have from zero to a small handful of slots available. With this small number of transfer spots open, we recommend the strongest candidates for admission present proof of a high school diploma or equivalent and proof of a high level of academic success at their current institution. Successful applicants present at least a B+ average from a two-year or four-year college in courses across a broad academic curriculum. Some of our academic divisions require specific grades in specific courses. For example, students with interests in engineering, business, or the physical or biological sciences must present a strong background in science and mathematics including calculus. In addition, you must have left your current institution and all previous institutions in good standing and be eligible to return.
If you have been away from a formal academic setting for more than two years, we require you to complete at least one year (30 hours) of work at another college or university before submitting your application for transfer admission.
If you are in your first year of college, you must present at least one completed semester of full-time college work with your application for transfer admission and you may be required to submit a completed Mid-Semester Progress Report.