Washington and Lee University

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Washington and Lee University

W&L is the ninth oldest institution of higher education in America, and we pride ourselves on the depth and breadth of our curriculum. W&L augments the liberal arts and sciences with offerings not commonly found in a small college, including engineering, a nationally accredited business school, and a highly regarded journalism program.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

Students who are currently seniors in high school or who have never taken college classes after graduating from high school should apply as U.S. high-school applicant. Our admissions process is holistic, taking into account a student's personal and academic backgrounds and accomplishments. If you are interested in applying for W&L scholarships, you should also submit the Johnson Scholarship application which serves as the application for all scholarship opportunities available at W&L. The scholarship application is found on the W&L Writing Supplement to the Common Application.

Transfer

Students who have previously enrolled full time at another college or university may apply to Washington and Lee as a transfer student. Students who have not yet graduated from secondary school but are dual-enrolled in high school and college courses should apply as first-year students, not as transfers. W&L does not accept the Common App for Transfers. Transfer students should apply using the W&L application for transfer students. Information about applying as a transfer student to W&L can be found at www.wlu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-applicants.

Additional Information

We meet 100 percent of demonstrated need through grants and student employment and without loans. The W&L Promise  guarantees grant packages equal to or greater than full tuition to any undergraduate student admitted to W&L with a family income below $100,000 and assets typical for their income. 

Visit us

Located in Lexington, Va., in the heart of the scenic Shenandoah Valley, W&L’s campus is known for its beauty and historical significance. Picturesque yet vital, Lexington is home to fine restaurants, a lively arts scene and abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Charlottesville and Roanoke are within an hour's drive, and Washington, D.C. is just three hours away.

W&L has given me the opportunity to be a part of a community of amazing people who are not only genuinely passionate about what they’re interested in but also very genuine people who care about the community around them.

Elizabeth Mugo, '2019
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Admissions office

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School location
Address

204 West Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450-2116, United States of America

Phone number

(540) 458-8710

Region

South

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