Realistically speaking, that ACT score would be a barrier to entry. Prior to the test optional period of the last two years, I suspect a 32 ACT would have been the threshold. I'm not sure where the school is now on the test optional front, but that's the level that's expected at W&L. And the Coach really can't sway admissions. Can only think a few D3's that are more rigorous on that front (eg Hopkins, Cal Tech, MIT, Chicago). It's on a similar level as a NESCAC school.
Truth /\ /\ . I started this thread and shared the following elsewhere.
My kid was a 2022 grad and applied regular decision. He did not want to commit to attendance if a D1 offer came thru so RD was the way he applied. Coach White said all the right things about son's baseball and academic opportunities at W&L and the his desire to have my son play for the team. He also said that my son was in the bottom half of the projected applicant pool and he had ZERO pull with admissions. My son was very interested in W&L and we visited 2x prior to applying.
My son had a 33 ACT and a 3.65 gpa (unweighted) with rigor from the top academic prep school in Minnesota along with all sorts of student leadership all the other feel good stuff one wants to have on an application. It might have gone differently if he applied ED but could not do that. Son did not hear back from W&L admissions until after May 1st. Son had a couple of offers on the table and accepted to attend and play at Bradley University first week of May. Coach White was great throughout and wish them and the team the best going forward.
As a parent W&L was my favorite of all of the high academic D3 schools we visited (many for my daughter who plays hockey). It was all around better (all things considered from academics, facilities, the surrounding area, and more) imo than Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Haverford, Bowdoin, Colby, and others. Johns Hopkins and Williams were both excellent but the baseball facilities at Williams were at the time (couple of years ago) sub-par to say the least and we did not dig deep enough at Hopkins as they had already committed/accepted a kid that played C (my kids primary position at the time).