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The primary considerations for undergraduate admission are your artistic and intellectual promise and your academic record. You must have graduated from high school, received a recommendation from your teachers or other responsible officials of the school, and taken an appropriate distribution of high school subjects.

First-Year Admission

To apply for first-year admission, submit the Common Application at or the Coalition Application at, which will be available on August 1, 2017. The Early Decision deadline is November 1, 2017, and the Regular Decision deadline is January 2, 2018.

Your application must be accompanied by a $75 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request. You must also submit your official secondary school transcript, a teacher recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and essay. Full instructions are available online at Washington University's Undergraduate Admissions website.

Transfer Admission

Transfer admission to Washington University is selective and competitive. In any given year any academic division may have from zero to a small handful of slots available. We recommend the strongest candidates for admission present proof of a high school diploma or equivalent and proof of a high level of academic success at their current institution. Transfer applicants are required to submit a portfolio, along with transcripts reflecting all collegiate work undertaken. Submit the Common Application at or the Coalition Application at Your application must be accompanied by a $75 nonrefundable application fee.


Required for admission to the College of Art, a portfolio can include anything from drawings and paintings, to photographs, illustrations, videos, sculptures, storyboards, websites, or other types of work that seem relevant. Choose 10-20 pieces of your best and most recent work.

There are three ways to submit your portfolio; however, if you would like to be considered for an academic scholarship, you must submit a digital portfolio.

Digital Portfolio
Submit images through the
SlideRoom function of the Common Application. Each image/file can be
up to 5MB. When you upload your materials, you will be able to include
information such as title of work, medium, dimensions, and date
completed. There is no additional fee.

National Portfolio Day
At National Portfolio Days, held in major cities throughout the country, you will have the opportunity to receive a personal portfolio review by one of our representatives and ask questions about the School. For more information about the events we will be attending, visit

Visit Campus
Schedule a visit to Washington University and have your work reviewed on campus. A visit to campus or to a National Portfolio Day can count as your portfolio submission, or you may use this feedback to improve your work before submission.

For questions about portfolios, click here or e-mail

Non-Discrimination Policy

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Applicants with a prior criminal history will not be automatically disqualified from consideration for admission. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.


For more information or questions about the undergraduate admissions process, call 800.638.0700 (within the United States) or 314.935.6000, or e-mail