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Preparing to Apply

We’re delighted that we made it to your short list. Congratulations on taking this important step in your college search process.

Please read carefully through the following information before applying for admission to Washington College. Need additional help? Connect with an admissions counselor for more specific questions! 


Most communications from Admissions and Student Aid arrive via e-mail. Applicants are responsible for providing the Admissions Office with an active e-mail address and are encouraged to review messages from WC on a timely basis.

Campus Visits

In many cases, qualified applicants who visit for an interview, an open house, or athletic recruiting are processed and admitted before qualified non-visitors. U.S. residents who live beyond a day’s drive from WC are strongly advised to contact their admission counselor and schedule a phone interview.

Standardized Tests

The College adopted an ‘SAT/ACT Optional’ policy in 2008. Students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships must submit test scores (see “Merit-Based Scholarship Awards below).

Senior Grades

First marking period grades are an essential part of our review process. If your school does not issue first marking period transcripts, then please mail or fax a copy of the first senior year assessment you receive to the Admissions Office. Also, please send us your mid-year grade report.

Admission Decisions

Early Decision applicants will be notified of their status on or before December 15. Early Action applicants will be notified on or before January 15. Regular Decision applicants will be notified on or after January 16. In all cases, the file completion date will determine the eventual notification date.

WC Early Decision form (PDF)
Note: The Early Decision option applies only to first-time freshman applicants.

Enrollment Deposits

Admitted Early Decision applicants are required to remit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $700.00; the deposit must be received by January 1.

Early Action and Regular Decision applicants are required to remit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $700 by May 1.

Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

Although test scores are optional for admission, they are required for merit-based scholarship consideration. Applicants who qualify for a merit-based scholarship are notified of their award at the time of their admission. Contact your admissions counselor for questions regarding merit-based scholarships.

Need-Based Financial Aid

All applicants will be sent information regarding the need-based aid application process. You’ll be able to talk about the basic costs with your admissions counselor

In the meantime, use the Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.