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​Decision Process

Due to the high number of applications Olin receives each year, it is not feasible for faculty to interview every application. Each program initiates phone or campus interviews for only those candidates Olin is strongly considering for admission, or for candidates for whom additional information is needed. Applicants cannot request interviews.

The Admissions committee will closely review each applicant’s academic record. Transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, resume, the statement of purpose, and the writing sample (optional) is reviewed by the admissions committee to determine the applicant’s fit within the doctoral program and his or her potential for scholarly research. Each application will also be evaluated against the application pool as a whole. Decisions for fall admissions are posted between March 15 and April 15.

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, national origin, veteran status, or disability.