Apply for Admission

The WashU Pathway contains important information regarding the status of your application; you are strongly encouraged to check it regularly.

Washington University accepts either the Common Application or the Coalition Application and requires a few simple supplemental questions (no supplemental essay).

We take your application for admission to Washington University very seriously. Our admissions committee reviews and assesses each application personally. Admission to WashU is both selective and competitive.

Students who come to WashU have challenged themselves academically and personally during their high school years and are required to have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

The Application Process At-A-Glance

  1. Common Application/COalition Application

    The Common Application may be submitted electronically at www.commonapp.org. The Coalition Application may be submitted electronically at www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org. Washington University accepts either the Common Application or the Coalition Application and requires no supplemental essays.

  2. Application Fee

    The $75 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request from your high school guidance counselor is required. You may pay the application fee using a credit card when you submit your application.
  3. Support Materials

    First-Year Applicants
    In addition to the Common Application/Coalition Application and Application Fee, you must submit the following supporting materials by the deadlines:
    • School Report and Official Transcript
    • Teacher Evaluation
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • TOEFL or IELTS (for students whose first language is not English)
    • Portfolio (Required for students applying for first-year admission to the College of Art, strongly encouraged for students applying to the College of Architecture.) The portfolio should be submitted using the SlideRoom function of the Common Application.
    Transfer Applicants
    In addition to the Common Application/Coalition Applicationand Application Fee, you must submit the following supporting materials by the deadlines:
    • College Transcript
    • High School Transcript
    • College Instructor Evaluation
    • College Report
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • TOEFL or IELTS (for students whose first language is not English)
    • Portfolio (Required for students applying for transfer admission to the College of Art and College of Architecture.) The portfolio should be submitted using the SlideRoom function of the Common Application.
  4. Midyear / Mid-semester Report

    First-Year Applicants
    The Midyear Report is an important component of our evaluation process. Your counselor should mail us this form with an updated transcript as soon as possible after January 1, 2017. If you are applying Early Decision, you must submit your first marking period grades in order to complete your application.
    Transfer Applicants
    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 or submit a completed Mid-Semester Progress Report.
  5. WashU Pathway

    You can check the progress of your application on our website. We will email instructions for selecting your password after we have processed your application for admission (within a few days of your submission). When you log in to the WashU Pathway, you will be able to see the status of each piece of your application: processed, received but not yet processed, or missing. You will also be able to verify your application data, submit electronic applications for our University Scholars Program (first-year applicants only) and Academic Scholarship & Fellowship Programs (first-year applicants only), and link to a site where you can check the status of your application for financial assistance.
  6. Financial Assistance

    You must submit separate applications if you wish to be considered for financial assistance based on need.
  7. Academic Scholarships

    First-Year Applicants
    You must submit separate applications to be considered for merit-based scholarships. See Academic Scholarships and Fellowship Programs for deadlines, applications, and more information.
    Transfer Applicants
    If you wish to be considered for a merit-based scholarship, visit the Scholarships for Transfer Students page for deadlines and more information.
  8. Final Report

    Applicants who are admitted and who choose to enroll at Washington University will be required to submit the Common Application 2016-17 Final Report, which includes the official final transcript.