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Dear colleagues,

On October 3, 2019, I watched from the stage as Andrew Martin became the 15th Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis. In his inaugural speech, entitled “Momentum,” Chancellor Martin outlined several key priorities including a commitment to “…securing the resources necessary to be able to practice need-blind admissions in due course.”

Now, two years later, I’m so very pleased to tell you that Washington University is making good on that promise, and announcing today the Gateway to Success Initiative, a $1 Billion additional financial aid commitment from the university that allows us to be immediately and forever need blind in our admission process for first-year domestic undergraduates.

This news represents the next step towards our commitment to improve access and create an equitable admissions process:

We continue to be test-optional for the Fall 2022 application cycle.

We no longer consider demonstrated interest in our selection process.

We continue to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need, and offer “no loan” financial aid packages for students from families earning $75,000 per year or less.

Through the WashU Pledge, we provide a four-year no-cost education to first-year students who are from Missouri or select counties in Southern Illinois and from families earning less than $75,000 per year or who are Pell-Eligible.

Our entire community—students, staff, faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees—is fully committed to access for all. And together we will sustain the momentum which Chancellor Martin referenced, paving a way for your students to experience all that a WashU education has to offer regardless of their ability to pay.

Warm regards,

Ronné P. Turner
Vice Provost for Admissions & Aid

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