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