Appalachian Adventure gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves and meet fellow First-Year and upper-division students, all while hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Students who participated in Leading Edge programs recall the time as one of their best college memories.
First-years will choose from the many program tracks this year: Appalachian Adventure, Volunteer Venture, Sustainability, Archaeology, Freedom Ride, Beyond LEADership, Around the World in Five Days, Making Meaning, From Queer to There: An LGBTQ+ History Tour, Wellness Adventure or Home Is Where The Art Is . Each will prepare you for an amazing experience as a First-Year student at Washington and Lee.
Leading Edge Programs take place at the beginning of First-Year student orientation. The programs are small and inviting, a testament to the atmosphere of W&L. Leading Edge provides incoming First-Year students with the opportunity to begin their college career with friends, a sense of community, sharpened teamwork skills, and a memorable, meaningful, and challenging experience. The College Board recommends these types of programs as a "great way for new students to get acclimated to their new environment and meet others with shared interests" in low pressure settings. Leading Edge programs engage incoming First-Years from the start of their undergraduate experience, emphasizing the community aspect of college life.