Washington and LeeWashington 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 that is just over 1,800.

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 were first admitted in 1985.

Washington and Lee UniversityThere 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 37 majors and 29 minors offered at Washington and Lee. The most popular majors include: social sciences; business/marketing; biological/life sciences; and foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics. 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.

The student to faculty ratio runs low at about 8 to 1, and about 75% of classes have fewer than 20 students. One difference from larger schools is that faculty members teach every course. No classes are taught by teaching assistants or graduate students.

Washington and Lee studentsWashington 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. About 75% of students are involved in one of the 21 fraternity or sorority groups. There are also more than 120 recognized student-run organizations to choose from. Washington and Lee even has several secret societies, including the Mongolian Minks, the Cadaver Society and the Sigma Society.

Washington and Lee CollegeMore 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.


Acceptance Rate

Washington and Lee acceptance rate

Class Standing

W&L top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Washington & Lee University SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Washington & Lee ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 1
Early decision (Round 2): Jan. 1
Regular Decision: Jan. 1

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 6,178
Enrolled: 462
Yield: 40.3%
Acceptance rate: 18.6%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 587
ED applicants admitted: 253
ED acceptance rate: 43.1%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 856
Admitted off the waitlist: 31
Waitlist acceptance rate: 3.6%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 80
Admitted transfer applicants: 10
Transfer acceptance rate: 12.5%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 82%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670-730
SAT Math: 690-770

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 32-34
ACT English: 34-35
ACT Math: 29-33

Standardized Test Requirements

Washington and Lee University does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Washington and Lee does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

W&L does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required (W&L recommends home-schooled applicants submit five SAT Subject Tests — preferably mathematics, history, science, foreign language and literature.)

Score Card

Graduation Rates

W&L graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Washington and Lee college score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 91.7%
5 years: 94.0%
6 years: 94.0%

Transfers out: 5%

Loan default rate: 1.3%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 17

Salary after attending: $76,100

R&D Expenditures: $227,000

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 7
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 9
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Washington and Lee college financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Washington & Lee student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $71,980

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $77,600

Net Cost
Average: $23,301

By Income
$0 to $30,000: $1,612
$30,001 to $48,000: $2,039
$48,001 to $75,000: $4,718
$75,001 to $110,000: $13,920
$110,001 and more: $38,630

Graduates with student debt: 32%

Average student debt at graduation: $22,415

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

W&L undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Washington and Lee student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

Women: 50%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 77%
20 to 39: 23%
40 to 99: 0%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 2,264
Undergraduate: 1,860

Student Residence
In State: 16%
Out of State: 80%
International: 4%

Washington & Lee college student population

Washington and Lee University seal

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This page was last updated in November 2020.