First-Year Experience assists new students with their holistic development. We want students to feel welcome, be aware of and likely to use resources, and develop skills intellectually, emotionally, and socially.
W&L is committed to the recruitment and retention of a broad, inclusive student body, faculty and administration who represent a wide range of interests, abilities and cultures.
With over 120 student organizations to choose from, as well as speakers, concerts, movies and events throughout the year, life at W&L is never dull. And if the right opportunity doesn't exist, students are given the tools and encouragement to start something new.
College can be a big adjustment, and at W&L, we believe that there is a direct connection between what happens in and beyond the classroom. Beginning with the First-Year Program, we offer the guidance, resources and support to help students succeed on both academic and personal levels.
Living in campus residence halls is an important part of every W&L undergraduate student's experience. All first-years, sophomores, and juniors live in University housing, in a variety of group settings including traditional residence halls, apartments, townhouses, and themed housing. Rising seniors typically secure living arrangements off-campus, however a limited number or rooms are usually available for seniors who wish to remain on campus. Law students are not eligible for campus housing.
Dining Services offers a full board meal plan for first-year students, who take the majority of their meals in the Marketplace, W&L's main dining hall. Upper-division students have several meal plan options which allow them to take their meals in any of the three campus dining facilities, as well as in fraternity/sorority housing and off campus.
The Career and Professional Development Center complements the educational experience of students by providing the guidance and resources needed to develop and implement their academic and career plans. Its comprehensive services emphasize collaborative relationships with employers, alumni, faculty, peer institutions and the W&L community.
The Student Health Center at Washington and Lee University includes three departments to help students, be it counseling or providing information about health issues. The Office of Public Safety provides a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University community.
The community of trust created by Washington and Lee's student-run Honor System is one of the hallmarks of student life. W&L students hold each other accountable for honorable behavior, character and integrity, actively participating in the governance of student conduct through six bodies.