386 reviews
  1. Lexington, VA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A
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
19%
SAT Scores Range
1320-1460
ACT Scores Range
30-33
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Washington & Lee University

Cost

Net Price
$20,700/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $353/ year
  • $30-48k
    $2,132/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,437/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,605/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,014/ 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
1,882Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
Data not available
Pell Grant
10%
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 Washington & Lee University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$77,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
47%
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

Washington & Lee University Reviews

386 reviews
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There are tons of varsity sports that many students take part in. The equestrian program even takes students who have never ridden a horse before! Rugby is the most popular club sport, and many young men take part in it.
From the beginning of the admissions process to now, Washington and Lee has been the best experience of my entire life. The alumni are extremely connected to all who apply, and from the day I was accepted I remember having many people who I did not really know call me and talk about how happy they were that I was becoming a part of their college family. The people at school are very easy to talk to, party with, and learn with. A very work hard, play hard environment leads to many girls and guys getting together and getting to know each other well. I love my college.
I love this place. If I had to make this decision again 1000 times over, I would make the same choice every time. W&L has given me so many opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. I've had many firsts here, and some lasts as well. The professors are amazing and really care about the students and their success. I've house/pet sat and had dinner at my professors' homes, and I see them all the time at Kroger and at restaurants in town. I have close relationships with my academic advisors and can talk to them about anything. Residence life freshman year was awesome and everyone got the shared experience. By the time recruitment rolled around in January, we were all on even footing and more comfortable with the upperclass women, which made the experience more enjoyable. I pledged a sorority and never looked back. I love my sisters and the way the Greek Life and campus life fit together like two puzzle pieces; it's like no other college I've seen or heard of, in that respect. Because 85% of students participate, greek life at W&L is open and inclusive with minimal infighting. (That said, the rumor mill is unreal here. Everyone knows everything.) As an athlete I've gotten close with my team, but widespread student body support of athletics is nonexistent. For instance, it's school tradition to leave football games at halftime. I love living off campus and having my friends live off campus where we can hang out together in a more comfortable, relaxed environment. Some of my best memories are in off campus houses either partying or just having a quiet night with friends. The honor system is REAL. Yes, some do cheat, but as a school, we don't condone it at all. The professors trust us implicitly and I've enjoyed the freedom to take tests whenever I want (within a certain period) and have keys to all the classrooms in my department. I know this is really long, so some highlights to finish it off: House mountain hikes, Fancy Dress, and the greatest people ever.