Washington and Lee University is about three hours from Washington, DC. There are many opportunities for students to excel in and outside of the classroom. The rural campus on about 430 acres of land was founded in 1749, and has a small undergraduate student population of about 1,900.
The school is rich in history. It was named after George Washington when he made a donation. Robert E. Lee was one of the presidents after the Civil War, and that’s how the college acquired the second half of its name. The school was actually all male until 1972 when women were allowed into the law school. Female undergraduates started being accepted in 1985.
There are two undergraduate programs: the College (which focuses on liberal arts, humanities and sciences) and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics. There are more than 40 majors and 22 minors offered at Washington and Lee. The most popular majors include: business administration and management; economics; political science and government; accounting and business/management; and biology/biological sciences. Some students choose to complete interdisciplinary majors in topics like neuroscience, medieval and Renaissance studies, and Russian studies. There are also programs for those interested in environmental studies, poverty and human capability studies, and women’s and gender studies.
In all, there are over 1,100 courses offered. The student to faculty ratio runs low at about 8 to 1, and about 74% of classes have fewer than 20 students. One difference from larger schools is that faculty members teach every course; there are no classes instructed by teaching assistants or graduate students.
Washington and Lee places a large importance on the honor system that was developed by Robert E. Lee. Students are required to act “honorably in all academics and nonacademic endeavors.” The Executive Committee of Student Body can find students guilty of honor violations, but there is also an appeal process. Many graduates note that the honor system was a significant and positive part of their undergraduate years.
Outside of the classroom, there are many opportunities for an active social life. Greek societies play a very large role in Washington and Lee activities. More than 80% of students are involved in one of the 25 fraternity or sorority groups. There are also more than 120 student-run organizations for individuals to choose from. Washington and Lee even has several secret societies, including the Mongolian Minks, the Cadaver Society and the Sigma Society.
More than a quarter of all students take part in one of the 24 varsity sports teams. “The Generals” compete in NCAA Division III levels in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the Centennial Conference. Whether it’s taking advantage of internship opportunities or excelling in the classroom, Washington and Lee University students have the chance to create a memorable undergraduate experience.
Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 1
Early decision (Round 2): Jan. 1
Regular Decision: Jan. 1
Number of applicants: 5,377
Acceptance rate: 23.9%
Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 577
ED acceptance rate: 39.0%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 764
Admitted off the waitlist: 193
Waitlist acceptance rate: 25.3%
Number of applicants: 87
Admitted transfer applicants: 12
Transfer acceptance rate: 13.8%
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 85%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 650-730
SAT Math: 660-740
SAT Writing: 650-730
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 30-33
ACT English: 31-34
ACT Math: 28-32
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion not required
SAT Subject Tests not required (W&L recommends home-schooled applicants submit five SAT Subject Tests — preferably mathematics, history, science, foreign language and literature.)
4 years: 88%
5 years: 90%
6 years: 91%
Loan default rate: 1.7%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 16
Salary after attending: $72,900
Sex offenses: 3
Aggravated assaults: 0
Car thefts: 0
Tuition, room and board (2016-2017): $61,060
Total estimated cost of attendance: $64,700
|$0 to $30,000:||$0|
|$30,001 to $48,000:||$2,367|
|$48,001 to $75,000:||$3,968|
|$75,001 to $110,000:||$20,237|
|$110,001 and more:||$38,980|
Graduates with student debt: 34%
Average student debt at graduation: $21,683
Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
|Undergraduate Class Sizes|
|20 to 39:||26%|
|40 to 99:||0%|
In State: 14%
Out of State: 83%
Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: (540) 458-8710
This page was last updated in November 2016.
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