Washington and Lee University


Washington and Lee University

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.

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


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.

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 $125,000 and assets typical for their income. 

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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.

Elizabeth Mugo, 2019
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Admissions office

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School location

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

Phone number

(540) 458-8710