Our campus, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is as picturesque as they come. But there's more to our setting than scenic harmony. This is where you'll have the space to breathe, to be inspired, and to focus on your educational experience.

Top students, faculty and visiting scholars come here from across the country and around the world, contributing their varied perspectives to a stimulating and invigorating campus environment.

We want you to come for a visit.

How Fly-In Programs Work

Our Fly-In Programs give admission counselors an opportunity to get to know prospective students by their academic achievements, extracurricular activities and personality.

  1. Apply: Submit an application to attend a fly-in program. Applications will be reviewed by our admissions staff.
  2. Get Invited: Applicants who are selected for a program will receive an invitation by email. Check your schedule and confirm your attendance.
  3. Plan: Our travel agent will arrange a flight, unless the student opts to drive to campus.
    The University will pay the cost of the flight for the invited student. Participants who are driving to campus will be reimbursed the cost of gas or mileage for their trip to/from campus.
  4. Attend: On travel day, a member of the admissions team will be stationed at the Roanoke Airport (ROA) to welcome students and see you safely to campus.
    Returning home will be a reversal of the arrival process.
Opportunity Awaits

The Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE) is a selective, two-day all-expense paid program for rising high school seniors. The visit focuses on personal engagement with faculty members and current students, life in a residential campus community (including staying in first-year residence halls), and a primer on W&L's admission and financial aid process.

DIVE reflects Washington and Lee University's commitment to introducing our distinctive liberal arts university opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds. DIVE affords curious, committed, high-achieving students an immersive campus visit where our focus is not only on the transformative opportunities at W&L, but on the ways they can make an impact on a community as conscious, civic-minded scholars.

The Fall 2020 DIVE application will open in Summer 2020.

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Many SubjectsMany Voices

Our abundant academic programs ensure your education will touch on diverse subjects. The strength of those classes, however, is the diversity of thought students bring to the classroom. Your voice matters here. Our core values of honor, integrity and civility are fundamental to our culture and they influence the thoughtful ways our students and faculty approach every conversation.

Our Honor System is entirely student-run and pushes students to take responsibility and realize their potential as citizens, peers and leaders.

You'll join a vibrant, welcoming community. You and your peers will arrive with life experiences from many different places. Together, you will make W&L your own.

Dannick Kenon
Dannick Kenon '19
Hometown: West Babylon, New York
Majors: Accounting and Political Philosophy
Minor: Poverty Studies
"The W&L community allows you to learn from people from very different backgrounds, and it is truly a special place." Read more ...

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE) is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for all students as they integrate into the educational, cultural and social environment of the University. The OIE is the hub where campus resources and student activities programming come together.

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Programs of Study

Discipline Filters:

Majors (36)

  • Accounting
    • Accounting, General
    • Accounting, Public
  • Art (Studio)
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures
    • Chinese
    • Japanese
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Engineering, Integrated
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Geology
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
    • American History
    • European and Russian History
    • Global History
  • Independent Work
  • Journalism
    • Journalism, Business
    • Journalism, General
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
    • Music, General
    • Music History
    • Music Performance
    • Music Theory and Composition
    • Instrumental Music
    • Vocal Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
    • American Government
    • International/Global Politics
    • Political Philosophy
    • Politics, General
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Romance Languages
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Russian Area Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Strategic Communication
  • Theater

Minors (33)

  • Africana Studies
  • Animal Biology
  • Archaeology
  • Art (Studio)
    • Studio
    • Design
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
  • Dance
  • Digital Information and Culture
  • East Asian Studies
    • China
    • Japan
  • Ecology
  • Education
    • Teacher Certification
  • Education Policy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film and Visual Culture
  • French
  • German
  • Latin and Caribbean Studies
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
  • Molecular/Cell Biology
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physiology
  • Poverty and Human Capability Studies
  • Quantitative Biology
  • Russian Language and Culture
  • Theater
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Additional Coursework

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Legal Studies
  • Literature in Translation
  • Middle Eastern/South Asian Studies
  • Music Conducting
  • Physical Education
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit

With so much to study and so much flexibility built into the academic calendar, the question isn't just "What will you study?" but "Who will you become?"
The med-school-ready scientist with multi-lingual capabilities?
The public accountant with a passion for eradicating poverty?
Go for it.

You may think ...
A private liberal arts education is too expensive.But at W&L ...
Generous financial aid programs and excellent graduate outcomes ensure that students enter the workforce without burdensome debt and are prepared to lead in their careers and communities right away.

A First-Rate Educationis More Affordable Than You Think

Our financial aid programs make a W&L education affordable to all qualified students, regardless of financial background. Our no-loan financial aid program meets 100 percent of your demonstrated need, regardless of your family's income level, through grants and work-study. The W&L Promise ensures that admitted students from families with income below $100,000 will receive a financial aid award of at least full tuition. Many receive even more. The Johnson Scholarship awards merit scholarships for the full cost of attendance for 44 students (10% of the first-year class) every year.

Apply, enroll, experience, learn. Graduate prepared to be a leader in a global and diverse society. It's a great opportunity for those who want to go on to make a difference.

MyinTuition CalculatorFinancial Aid Estimator

How Financial Aid WorksWashington and Lee offers generous financial aid awards to make sure the best and brightest students can afford to attend. Your aid package may include:

  • Scholarships free money awarded on the basis of merit
  • Grants free money given on the basis of need
  • Work Study money you earn working on campus
* W&L meets 100% of a family's institutionally determined need through scholarships, grants and student employment -- without loans, which must be repaid. For families interested in using loans to finance their family's contribution to the cost of attendance, available options will also be listed in financial aid awards.

QuestBridgePartner InstitutionW&L is one of 40 leading institutions of higher education that partner with QuestBridge to provide exceptional educational opportunities to talented low-income students.
Learn more about QuestBridge

Get to Know W&L

There are other schools with "Washington" in their name. And other school names joined with an "&." But there is only one Washington and Lee University, founded in 1749 in the charming town of Lexington, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

A Place to GrowLexington, Virginia

W&L is located in the heart of Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley. Our vibrant hometown and beautiful natural surroundings are two of the things our students come to love best about W&L.

The historic town sits at the crossroads of two major interstates, I-81 and I-64. Three regional airports and three train stations are within an hour's drive and regular shuttle service to and from the university is provided by campus services. Larger metropolitan areas of Charlottesville and Roanoke (1 hour by car), Richmond (2 hours by car), and Washington, D.C. (3 hours by car) provide further opportunities for travel and serve as destinations for internship and career exploration.

Rural ≠ Remote

Abundant opportunities for experiential learning and study abroad encourage you to engage in the wider world. Find yourself in the happening place we call Lex Vegas and learn how adventurous you can be.

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The DIVE program takes place three times a year, with two programs in the fall for prospective students and once in the spring for admitted students.

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W&L Life at a Glance

How does a school become a home? How does the world become your classroom? At W&L, your education is just the beginning. Find out more about what it's like to live and learn in Lexington from current students in the videos below.