Important dates for first-year, transfer, and international applicants are listed below. Links to further details about the materials that are due are included with each component.

First-year applicants

First-year applicants are students who:

  • are currently enrolled in high school or secondary school (even if you’ve completed college credits while in high school) or
  • have graduated from high school but have never enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree seeking program and
  • are applying to become a part of the class entering in fall 2021

Applications must be submitted by the deadlines indicated and must be received complete no later than the complete date indicated.

  • Early Decision
  • Early Decision II
  • Regular Decision

Applications available

Common Application or Coalition Application

  • Early DecisionAug. 1
  • Early Decision IIAug. 1
  • Regular DecisionAug. 1
  • Early DecisionOct. 1
  • Early Decision IIOct. 1
  • Regular DecisionOct. 1

Application submitted and complete by

Common Application or Coalition Application plus all supporting materials and application fee or fee waiver must be received in our office (for first-year applicants).

  • Early DecisionNov. 1
  • Early Decision IIJan. 2
  • Regular DecisionJan. 2

Scholarship applications complete by

  • Early DecisionJan. 2
  • Early Decision IIJan. 2
  • Regular DecisionJan. 2

Financial Aid application complete by

CSS Profile, FAFSA, and Noncustodial Parent Statement (if applicable)

  • Early DecisionNov. 15
  • Early Decision IIJan. 15
  • Regular DecisionFeb. 1

Admissions and Financial Aid decisions released by

  • Early DecisionDec. 15
  • Early Decision IIFeb. 14
  • Regular DecisionMar. 20

Candidate reply date

  • Early DecisionJan. 2
  • Early Decision IIFeb. 28
  • Regular DecisionMay 1

Transfer applicants

You should apply as a transfer student if you:

  • have finished high school/secondary school and completed some college study
  • would like to be considered for admission with advanced standing at Washington University
  • are interested in enrolling full-time in an undergraduate degree program with a specific academic focus
  • have never attended any of Washington University’s full-time, degree-granting schools

Applications must be submitted by the deadlines indicated and must be received complete no later than the complete date indicated.

Special COVID-19 Message: As we attempt to be responsive to students whose educational plans have been disrupted by COVID-19, we are continuing to accept transfer applications for fall 2020. If you are interested in transfer for fall, please follow the instructions below and submit your application as soon as is possible.

Applications available

Common Application or Coalition Application

Dec. 1
Oct. 1

Application submitted and complete by

Common Application or Coalition Application plus all supporting materials and application fee or fee waiver must be received in our office (for first-year applicants).

Mar. 1

Financial Aid application complete by

CSS Profile, FAFSA, and Noncustodial Parent Statement (if applicable)

Mar. 1

Admissions and Financial Aid decisions released by

May. 1

Candidate reply date

May 15

International applicants

International students are citizens or permanent residents of countries other than the United States who will be studying on a temporary visa.

The same deadlines listed above apply to international first-year and international transfer applicants. To learn what materials must be submitted by the application due date, see the international application process on the How to Apply page.