Dear Colleague –

Fall is my favorite time of year — the hustle and bustle of campus returns to full swing, the weeks staff spend visiting schools to meet students and learn about their hopes and dreams, and of course, new school supplies. This fall looks a bit different, but there’s excitement in that too. 

Our team is busy creating helpful virtual programming for students and undergoing training on how to read applications with our new test-optional policy for fall 2021. We’re meeting students where they’re at, and acknowledging the good, the bad, the joy, and the challenges during this season in all of our lives. We’re all in this together!

As we navigate these changes, I want to make sure you know how you can be in touch with us. You can email your Admissions Officer with any questions you or your students may have about the application process or WashU in general. Additionally, be sure to bookmark our counselor webpage to stay in-the-know about all things WashU admissions.

I hope you have a great semester, and look forward to seeing you and your students in person one day soon!

Emily L. Almas
Assistant Vice Provost & Director of Admissions

Why WashU?


“I wanted to be in an environment where everyone feeds off each other’s drive and ambition. Unlike other prestigious campuses, Washington University students are self-motivators while they support each other along the way and see a shared sense of success.”


“I wanted a school where I could turn to any of my peers and/or professors and know that they have my best interest at heart. I wanted a school where students are willing to work collaboratively inside and outside the classroom to help each other achieve one’s fullest potential. And I found both of those things at WashU.”

What’s New at WashU?

We’re continuing to keep the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our plans for the fall semester. Click here to read all about WashU’s fall plans, and to learn more about how we are supporting students financially and academically to ensure their success. You can check out our enrolling Class of 2024 profile here

Application and Scholarship Deadlines

Both the Common Application and Coalition Application are now open. Should your student need an application fee waiver, please contact your area’s Admissions Officer.

We encourage you to attend Coalition for College’s webinar on Sept. 9 to learn more about recent and upcoming changes to MyCoalition. Click here for more details. 

After a student submits their application, they will have access to the WashU Pathway, where they can view missing materials, check the status of their application, and apply for merit scholarships. 

Our Early Decision I deadline is Nov. 1 and our Early Decision II and Regular Decision deadlines are Jan. 2. All merit scholarship applications are also due by Jan. 2. 

All dates and deadlines, application requirements, and more information about applying for financial aid can be found online, including information about our new optional 90-second video for applicants to share their story. Please note: Students applying for financial aid are required to complete the CSS profile, as we are no longer offering the Family Financial Profile. 

Fall Virtual Visit Opportunities

Our fall visit calendar looks a little different this year as we are not traveling, but that just means we get to engage with your students in a way we have never before. In addition to our virtual information sessions and guided virtual tours, we are offering webinars for students of all ages, “Ask your AO” events, virtual programming about specific academic interests, opportunities to chat with current students, and much more. 

Throughout the fall we will continue to update our offerings for you and your students. For a full list of virtual opportunities, please visit our website.

Additionally, please encourage your students to complete our Getting to Know You form. This allows us to learn more about them and their interests, invite them to virtual WashU events, and send them information about financial aid and scholarships, and other academic and co-curricular opportunities at WashU. 

WashU Alumni in the News

Bob Behnken

On May 30, 2020, WashU alumnus Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first astronauts in NASA’s history to launch from a commercially built and operated spacecraft, the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Read more via the Source!

Andrew Glanz

GiftAMeal, founded by entrepreneur Andrew Glanz, is an app that allows users to donate a meal to someone in need. With restaurants shut down as a result of COVID-19, GiftAMeal is  supporting local restaurants and people facing hunger in St. Louis.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Brittany Packnett Cunningham was featured as one of People Magazine’s “5 Inspiring People Charting the Path Forward as America Fights Racism.” She says, “we don’t have the luxury of only transforming one piece of the system. We have to keep our foot on the gas.”