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Applying to W&M

How do I apply to W&M?
Is there anything required in addition to the Common Application?
What is the application deadline?
I have submitted my application.  What happens next?
Do you offer Early Decision/Early Action?
What happens if I am not accepted in Early Decision?
Does Early Decision disadvantage me for scholarship/financial aid consideration?

How do I apply to W&M?

We are an exclusive user of the Common Application. You can apply through the Common Application's online portal
A completed application includes the following:
1. The Common Application (including the W&M and Member Questions section)
2. Transcript of all academic work (high school and/or college)
3. SAT (W&M's code is 5115) and/or ACT (W&M's code is 4344) score(s)
4. The $70 application fee
5. The Common Application Midyear Report to be sent later by your guidance counselor
6. The In-State Tuition Form (Virginia Residents Only)
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Is there anything required in addition to the Common Application?

W&M requires applicants to complete our Member Questions (formally known as the Supplement).  Any student who has added W&M to the list of schools in the Common Application's online portal will be automatically directed to complete these questions. We also have an optional written submission which includes a prompt for an Optional Submission. The Optional Submission is an opportunity for the applicant to express his/herself through written or artistic work. The goal is to give the Admission Committee more familiarity with the applicant and their potential contribution to the campus community.  Finally, the items listed above in response to the first FAQ are required to complete an application.
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What is the application deadline?

The Early Decision deadline is November 1. The Regular Decision deadline is January 1. For Early Decision candidates, notification will be sent out the first week in December. For Regular Decision, notifications will be sent the first week in April.
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I have submitted my application.  What happens next?

Visit You've Applied... So Now What? for general information regarding upcoming programs for newly admitted students, determining the completeness of your application, making late submissions, applying for financial aid and receiving an admission decision.
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Do you offer Early Decision/Early Action?

W&M does offer an Early Decision program. This is a binding program whereby students who apply by the November 1 deadline and who indicate that they are applying Early Decision are making a commitment that, if accepted, they will attend W&M. One should apply Early Decision if W&M is his/her first choice school. W&M does not offer Early Action.
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What happens if I am not accepted in Early Decision?

If one is not accepted during Early Decision, he/she may be either deferred or denied. Some students will be deferred and automatically reconsidered during the regular decision admission process; they are encouraged to proceed with applications to other colleges. Students who are not competitive in our applicant pool will be denied admission at that time.
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Does Early Decision disadvantage me for scholarship/financial aid consideration?

No, applying for Early Decision will not put you at a disadvantage for scholarship consideration or financial aid opportunities. However, award recipients will not be named until the spring after we have reviewed the entire applicant pool. If receiving scholarships or the ability to compare financial aid packages is integral to your final college choice, then applying early decision may not be the best option for you. To find out how to apply for financial aid, please visit our financial aid website.
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