All you have to do is start

We have all the components of the application process outlined below. You may also review our Admission Requirements.

To apply, use either the Common Application or Coalition Application. Both applications open on August 1st and must be completed by the appropriate application deadline.

As part of our commitment to always put students first, WashU is test optional for applicants in entering in fall 2022. In addition, we will no longer consider demonstrated interest as a factor in making admission decisions or in the admission decision process.

On either the Common App or Coalition App, selecting Washington University in St. Louis and hitting “submit” will automatically create a WashU Pathway account for you, which is how you will track the status of your application.

Start your application

Complete the general application questions and the section that is specific to WashU. Your support materials can be completed at a later date.

What you need to know for the WashU section of the Common App or Coalition App:
  • What term do you intend to enroll?
  • Which WashU school or interdisciplinary program are you applying to?
  • What are you interested in studying at WashU and why?
  • Are you applying Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision?
  • Are you applying for need-based financial aid?
  • Are you applying for any of WashU’s Signature Scholar programs?
Access your WashU Pathway

Within a few days of submitting your Common/Coalition Application, you will receive login instructions for the WashU Pathway.

In the Pathway, you will see:
• A checklist showing the status of each piece of your application
• A link to your financial aid account
• Instructions for submitting an optional 90-second video

Admission decisions will be posted in the Pathway as soon as they are released.

Apply for financial aid

WashU meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for admitted students.

When filling out your application for admission, indicate your intent to apply for need-based financial aid. Once you submit your application—we will create an account for you with Student Financial Services, and your application for aid begins!

Review your application checklist

Your Pathway will include a current checklist of your support materials:

Complete the optional Writing Supplement

The optional Writing Supplement serves as our application for our Signature Scholar Programs – the Danforth, Ervin, and Rodriguez Scholars Programs – as well as the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program for applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences.

If you are applying for our Signature Scholar Programs, the scholarship committee(s) will review the required Counselor and Teacher letters of recommendation submitted with your Common or Coalition Application. To better understand you, the scholarship committee(s) also require a third letter of recommendation.

Start your application

Complete the general application questions and the section that is specific to WashU. Your support materials can be completed at a later date.

What you need to know for the WashU section of the Common App or Coalition App:
  • Which WashU school are you applying to?
  • Are you applying for need-based financial aid?
Access your WashU Pathway

Within a few days of submitting your Common/Coalition Application, you will receive login instructions for the WashU Pathway.

In the Pathway, you will see:
• A checklist showing the status of each piece of your application
• A link to your financial aid account

Admission decisions will be posted in Pathway as soon as they are released.

Apply for financial aid

WashU meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for admitted students.

When filling out your application for admission, indicate your intent to apply for need-based financial aid. Once you submit your application—we will automatically create an account for you with Student Financial Services, and your application for aid begins!

Review your application checklist

Your Pathway will include a current checklist of your support materials:

  • College Transcript
  • High School Transcript
  • College Instructor Evaluation
  • College Report
  • Self-reported or official SAT or ACT scores
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test for students whose first language is not English
  • Portfolio (required for students applying to the College of Art or College of Architecture.) The portfolio should be submitted using SlideRoom. 
Start your application

Complete the general application questions and the section that is specific to WashU. Your support materials can be completed at a later date.

What you need to know for the WashU section of the Common App or Coalition App:
  • What term do you intend to enroll?
  • Which WashU school or interdisciplinary program are you applying to?
  • What are you interested in studying at WashU and why?
  • Are you applying Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision?
  • Are you applying for need-based financial aid?
  • Have you received a WashU fee waiver?
  • Are you applying for any of WashU’s Signature Scholar programs?
Access your WashU Pathway

Within a few days of submitting your Common/Coalition Application, you will receive login instructions for the WashU Pathway.

In the Pathway, you will see:
• A checklist showing the status of each piece of your application
• A link to your financial aid account

Admission decisions will be posted in Pathway as soon as they are released.

Apply for financial aid

WashU meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for admitted students.

When filling out your application for admission, indicate your intent to apply for need-based financial aid. Once you submit your application—we will create an account for you with Student Financial Services, and your application for aid begins!

Review your application checklist

Your Pathway will include a current checklist of your support materials:

Complete the optional Writing Supplement

The optional Writing Supplement serves as our application for our Signature Scholar Programs – the Danforth, Ervin, and Rodriguez Scholars Programs – as well as the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program for applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences.

If you are applying for our Signature Scholar Programs, the scholarship committee(s) will review the required Counselor and Teacher letters of recommendation submitted with your Common or Coalition Application. To better understand you, the scholarship committee(s) also require a third letter of recommendation.

Standardized Testing Policy for International Applicants

Washington University is a global institution and welcomes applications from students studying in other countries. As a result, our standardized testing requirements are designed to be flexible and recognize the different educational systems around the world.

See our one-year test optional policy for applicants in 2022. Please Note: We will continue to require evidence of English Language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test) for international applicants for whom English is a second language.