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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  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 is a highly rated private university located in Lexington, Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,824 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Washington & Lee acceptance rate is 24%. Popular majors include Business, Accounting, and Economics. Graduating 92% of students, Washington & Lee alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $46,700.
About Washington & Lee University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
204 W Washington St
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%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1320-1460
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$23,867/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $920/ year
  • $30-48k
    $1,789/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,962/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,436/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,627/ year
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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
1,824Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
6%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
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  • 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
$72,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
49%
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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Beware of what you get yourself into. Most alumni/ students will sugar coat the culture at W&L. Alcoholism and heavy drug use is rampant, open hostility towards LGBTQ and minority students is normal. The frat culture permeates every level of the university including student clubs/events/academic cliques. Hazing is alive and well which includes forced drinking, humiliation, and physical abuse. Classes are very academic and inordinately time consuming and 200-level classes for non-majors are taught at the graduate level. Most students are competitive and aggressive. The strict honor code leads to division inside and outside the classroom. Coincidentally, most tests can be taken anywhere on campus which is taken advantage of. Unless you have a scholarship or have enough money to be social, do not come here.
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Washington and Lee offers a wonderful liberal arts education at a premier southern institution. Although the campus environment is not for everyone, I enjoyed my time there.

Prospective students should know that Greek Life, while not mandatory in any sense, is deep-rooted in our campus culture. That being said, there are plenty of groups and organizations for everyone to feel involved and welcomed somewhere.

Professors genuinely care about students as individuals and many will make efforts to get to know you. Office hours are abundant and the professors are always willing to go over difficult material with students. Class sizes vary from 5 -20 students with few exceptions.

There are 5 dining areas on campus: one main dining hall and four smaller "cafes". The food is alright.
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.