First-Year Experience - Class of 2028

Welcome to the First-Year Experience website at Washington and Lee University! Our goal is to assist new students as they develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially. There is a direct connection here between what happens in and beyond the classroom; you will find that our academic and student life programs are complementary and interrelated. W&L students created a video to get you thinking about your transition to college.

Before You Arrive

New students receive a spring communication, including how to obtain access to your W&L e-mail, a summer timeline, and what forms need to be filled out. First-Years are expected to utilize their W&L e-mail accounts and to check their e-mail daily since this is the primary way the University conducts its business with students.

Arrivals and Orientation

First-Year Orientation introduces the newest members of our community to those Washington and Lee traditions which are central, both philosophically and functionally, to the University. The Honor system, speaking tradition, student self-governance, undergraduate curriculum, educational and social events, student organizations and meeting fellow classmates are just a few of the many highlights of the Orientation program.

Your First Year

Your first year at Washington and Lee will be an exciting and overwhelming experience. You will find many ways to get involved with academics and activities. There are plenty of resources available should you need academic help, counseling services, questions answered about future careers, and more.

Parents and Families

Information for parents and families regarding Parents Orientation, Parents and Family Weekend, financial resources, visiting Lexington, and more.


At Washington and Lee numerous services are available for students, ranging from Public Safety and the University Registrar to Dining Services and University Counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions

A comprehensive list of questions that students and parents might have when beginning their first year at Washington and Lee.