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Washington & Lee University
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  • 4 Year
  • LEXINGTON, VA

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Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade A
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade B minus
  9. Dorms
    grade A
  10. Campus Food
    grade B+
  11. Student Life
    grade A
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

204 WEST WASHINGTON STREET
LEXINGTON, VA 24450
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
From Washington & Lee University

We seek academically talented, curious and engaged students from around the world. Our student body represents 49 states and 47 countries of citizenship, who are not only academically driven, but leaders in their schools and communities, dedicated to having an impact on those around them.

We are committed to making the W&L experience affordable through generous need and merit-based financial aid programs. That's why W&L typically awards more than $50 million in need-based financial aid each year and provides 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships and campus work. As part of our commitment, students are not asked to assume debt by taking out loans as part of their financial aid award.

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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

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
19%
SAT Range
1360-1500
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$23,301 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$47,199 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 41 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 41 responses

Majors

The Johnson Scholarship

The Johnson Scholarship awards full merit scholarships to talented first-year students, covering tuition, room and board for all four years of enrollment ensuring scholars graduate debt-free. Scholars also receive Summer Enhancement funds up to $7,000 to support internships, community service projects, faculty-supervised research, international experiences, and leadership projects.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,845 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
15
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
29%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
  • Classy, smart, rich, and white.
    35%
  • Motivated
    19%
  • Classy, smart, rich, white, entitled
    15%
  • Committed to honor/integrity
    8%
  • Homogeneous, white, rich, conventional
    8%
  • Rich, white, entitled
    8%
  • Mostly conservative
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big. 51 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 51 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
  • Work hard, play hard.
    42%
  • Fun and challenging
    25%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Fast-paced
    8%
  • Alcohol
    4%
  • Community
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$76,100 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
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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