Undergraduate Admissions

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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.

Washington University accepts either the Common Application or the Coalition Application and requires one supplemental essay that is specific to your academic interest. The Common Application is available at www.commonapp.org. The Coalition Application is available at www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.

The $75 non-refundable application fee—or a fee waiver—is required. You must also submit your official secondary school transcript, a teacher recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and essay. Art applicants are required to submit a portfolio. Full instructions are available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Submission deadlines for first-year applications are:
Early Decision I: November 1
Early Decision II: January 2
Regular Decision: January 2

For more information, call 800.638.0700 (within the United States) or 314.935.6000. You can e-mail us at admissions@wustl.edu.

For more detailed information about undergraduate admission to the Sam Fox School, specifically the submission of a portfolio (required for Art, optional for Architecture), please visit the admissions section of the College of Art or the College of Architecture.

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Transfer Students

Transfer admission to Washington University is both 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. Washington University accepts either the Common Application or the Coalition Application and requires no supplemental essays. The Common Application may be submitted electronically at www.commonapp.org. The Coalition Application may be submitted electronically at www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org. Your application must be accompanied by a $75 nonrefundable application fee. Transfer students are required to submit a portfolio. The application deadline is March 1, 2020.