The Leading Edge Pre-Orientation Program

Students who participate in The Leading Edge program recall the time as one of their best college memories.

Choose one of four program tracks this year: Appalachian Adventure, Volunteer Venture, Sustainability, or Freedom Ride. Each will prepare you for an amazing experience as a First-Year student at Washington and Lee.

The Leading Edge 2020 Pre-Orientation Program 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. The 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.

Registration for The Leading Edge trips will open Tuesday, June 2 at 11:00 am (EDT) in the Student GHQ.


Appalachian Adventure

Appalachian Adventure gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves and meet fellow First-Year and upper-division students, all while hiking the Appalachian Trail.


The 2021 Leading Edge program in archaeology will introduce a select group of incoming first-year students to the research program in historical archaeology at Washington and Lee.

Freedom Ride

You will spend five days exploring black history and culture by touring significant civil rights points of interest in Atlanta, Georgia; Athens and Monroe, Georgia; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Farmville, Virginia.

Volunteer Venture

Volunteer Venture introduces incoming students to the contributing factors of poverty in cities surrounding W&L through a service-learning experience.


Sustainability introduces new students to sustainability issues in and around the W&L community.

Contact Us

If these resources do not answer your question, do not hesitate to reach out.


Questions about TLE? We've got answers.