Academics FAQs

Has W&L made a final decision about the mode of instruction for the Fall Term?

Not yet, but please continue checking the W&L COVID-19 website and your W&L email account often for updates. If you are currently abroad, we recommend that you wait to purchase non-refundable airfare until an announcement is made about in-person instruction.

What should I do if I know I won't be able to make it back to campus in time to quarantine before the start of classes?

Please notify Hunter Swanson and your Class Dean if you are unable to return to campus before August 10. You will be advised according to your individual situation.

Where can I learn more about the Credit/No Credit grading policy for undergraduate courses for Winter and Spring 2020?

Because of the dramatic shift in the academic environment for the Winter and Spring 2020 terms, the Undergraduate Faculty approved a new Credit / No Credit grading option. Courses graded with a "Credit" grade counted toward all degree requirements, including all undergraduate major, minor, and Foundation and Distribution requirements.
Students decided which of their Winter 2020 courses were to be graded by the usual letter grades (A, B, C, etc.) and which were to be graded using the Credit/No Credit option. All grades for the Undergraduate Spring Term 2020 were assigned only as Credit or No Credit, none of which had any effect on the cumulative grade-point average (GPA). A detailed set of frequently asked questions about the this policy is available on the University Registrar's website. If you have other questions on this topic, please contact the University Registrar directly.

Can I still order a transcript?

As always, official digital transcripts for students who have attended from 1985 to the present are available through the National Student Clearinghouse by using the link at or clicking the icon on the University Registrar web page. Since we are working remotely, if you need a transcript this summer, please order a digital transcript. We look forward to assisting you with requests for printed transcripts once we are back in our office.

Will varsity athletes receive PE credit for a winter or spring 2020 sport?

Yes, since the number of instructional hours for each has already been exceeded.

Will the Class of 2020 commencement ceremonies be held on campus?

Online degree conferral ceremonies were held for the law class of 2020 on Friday, May 8., and the undergraduate class of 2020 on Thursday, May 26th. Recordings of the events can be viewed online. The in-person, traditional Commencement exercises for W&L's law and undergraduate Classes of 2020 will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2021, and Sunday, May 23, 2021, respectively.

Has the academic calendar been updated?

Yes. See for revised undergraduate Fall Term start and end dates and other dates and deadlines.