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.

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. The Pathway also allows you to apply for our Signature Scholar Programs.

Start your application

Complete the general application questions and the section that is specific to WashU. Your support materials and supplemental essay 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?
  • 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
• Applications for our Signature Scholar Programs
• 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:

Write your supplemental essay

All applicants will answer a supplemental essay question for admission and scholarship consideration.

Start your application

Complete the general application questions and the section that is specific to WashU. Your support materials and supplemental essay 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. 
Write your supplemental essay

Transfer applicants are asked to answer two supplemental essay questions for admission:

  • In about 250 words, tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity, and compels you to explore more in the program/area of study that you indicated. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit.
  • In about 250 words, tell us why you would like to transfer to WashU.
Start your application

Complete the general application questions and the section that is specific to WashU. Your support materials and supplemental essay 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?
  • 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
• Applications for our Signature Scholar Programs
• 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:

Write your supplemental essay

All applicants will answer a supplemental essay question for admission and scholarship consideration.

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 2021. 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.