Honor is the moral cornerstone of Washington and Lee University, and the Honor System has long been a central feature of the University. Academic life is shaped by the commitment to honor, and members of the W&L community are expected to conduct their lives with honor on and off the campus. This commitment to an honor results in an uncommon level trust that defines Washington and Lee.
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.
Our approach is backed by our timeless values of civility and integrity, and enhanced by our commitment to honor the quintessential Washington and Lee tradition: educating students for lives of consequence, motivated by a desire to serve others.