Washington and Lee University is the ninth oldest institution of higher education in America. With an international student body of 1,850 students, a faculty-to-student ratio of 8:1, and an endowment per student rank in the top 15 of all U.S. colleges, we are able to provide the opportunities of a large university while retaining the personal attention of a small liberal arts community. We pride ourselves on the depth and breadth of our curriculum, augmenting the 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. Innovative interdisciplinary programs and minors in areas like data science, entrepreneurship, ethics, and poverty studies ensure our educational values address the challenges of the modern world.>
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Students who are currently seniors in high school or who have never taken college classes after graduating from high school should apply as first-year applicants. 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 merit scholarship opportunities available at W&L. The scholarship application is found in the W&L portion of the Common App, under the Johnson Scholarship Program section.
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 on our website here.
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 $125,000 and assets typical for their income. >
Located in Lexington, Virginia, in the heart of the scenic Shenandoah Valley, W&L’s campus is known for its beauty and historical significance. 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.