A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Washington & Lee University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
204 West Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Website

Washington & Lee University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
24%
SAT Range
1310-1470
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Washington & Lee University

Cost

Net Price
$21,379/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
  • $30-48k
    $2,367/ year
  • $49-75k
    $3,968/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,237/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,980/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.32 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,851Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Classy, smart, rich, and white.
    47%
  • Classy, smart, rich, white, entitled
    24%
  • Homogeneous, white, rich, conventional
    12%
  • Rich, white, entitled
    12%
  • Mostly conservative
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.42 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.42 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Work hard, play hard.
    40%
  • Fun and challenging
    27%
  • Friendly
    20%
  • Alcohol
    7%
  • Community
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$77,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses
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Washington & Lee University Reviews

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As a returning student preparing to enter my sophomore year, W&L has already given me more than I could imagine in just one year. I learned how to adjust to different college classroom settings, how to establish good relationships with my professors, and strengthened my ability to present and work in groups. W&L has more than just incredible academics, but a wonderful social scene as well. The social atmosphere at W&L is open and friendly; the "speaking tradition" of greeting even those that you don't know is certainly still alive and I am grateful to be a part of it. If I could change one thing about W&L, however, it would be the pressure on every student that comes with attending such a prestigious university. As every W&L student was an excellent student in high school, there is a lot of pressure on everyone to keep up the good work that got us here. Other than this, W&L is an outstanding institution and I could not picture myself attending college anywhere else.
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I graduated in 2002 and I still keep up with my professors, faculty, classmates, and most of all my fraternity brothers. The alumni connections are worth the tuition alone. It teaches you far more than what can be taught online or in a classroom alone. The best 4 years of my life!
Washington and Lee University has an amazing faculty and is situated in the lovely Shenandoah Valley, but unfortunately that's about all I can say that's positive about this institution. Yes, the parties are pretty awesome during your freshman and sophomore years, but eventually you will become consumed with nihilistic despair as you realize how meaningless your life has become after having wasted so much time getting drunk with rich white kids who are trying to become investment bankers.