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 participate in Leading Edge programs recall the time as one of their best college memories.
Choose one of the many program tracks this year: Appalachian Adventure, Volunteer Venture, Sustainability, Archaeology, Freedom Ride, Diversity First, Beyond LEADership, Around the World in Five Days, or Making Meaning. Each will prepare you for an amazing experience as a First-Year student at Washington and Lee.
Leading Edge Programs takes place the week before regular First-Year student orientation begins. 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 pre-orientation 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.