Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

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.

Academic Programs

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

Student experience

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

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


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 must submit the Johnson Scholarship application by Dec. 1, 2023. The supplemental 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.

Additional Information

We meet 100% of demonstrated need through grants and student employment and without loansThe 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. 

Visit us

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. 

One of the best things about W&L is that if you have a great idea of passion project you want to pursue, there are ALWAYS people and resources available to help you achieve it.

Jess Kishbaugh, Bloomsburg, PA, 2024
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Admissions office

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

Phone number

(540) 458-8710