A Washington and Lee education combines the best aspects of both college and university life. Students enjoy small classes and close relationships with professors, while choosing from a remarkable variety of majors and minors, courses, and in-depth study opportunities--a spectrum of options usually found only at large universities.

Additionally, W&L students have access to study abroad opportunities, accredited journalism and business programs, law school resources, and funding for independent or collaborative research. Outside of class, on a beautiful and historic campus, they form a lively community, pursuing rich residential and co-curricular lives.

The W&L Difference

In a world transformed by science and technology, globalization and new economic, political and cultural realities, the solutions to problems require moral insight as well as analytical and technical skills. Washington and Lee prepares its students to meet this daunting set of challenges through programs that educate and nurture strong leaders, visionary thinkers, compassionate citizens and ethical decision makers.

Schools and Centers

Washington and Lee is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. The Mudd Center for Ethics is a resource for students and faculty at all three schools. The School of Law is home to the Center for Law and History, the Francis Lewis Law Center and the Transnational Law Institute.

Departments and Programs

Washington and Lee University offers 37 undergraduate majors and 29 minors, including a number of interdisciplinary programs. The University prides itself on the depth and breadth of our curriculum, in which traditional liberal arts courses are augmented by offerings from the only fully-accredited business school and fully-accredited journalism program among the nation's top-tier liberal arts colleges.

Academic Calendar

W&L's unique undergraduate three-term calendar (13-weeks, 13-weeks, 4-weeks) allows students time to pursue focused coursework during the four-week spring term. This calendar enhances students' flexibility to study off campus, including abroad, in periods as short as four weeks or as long as a year. The School of Law follows a two-semester calendar.