Washington & Lee University Reviews
Rating 3.97 out of 5 445 reviews
I love it here. If you are friendly and want to know other friendly, lovely people in a gorgeous place, this is the college for you. Every time I go outside my room, I see someone I am happy to say hi to. The speaking tradition is alive and well, even if we are all wearing masks covering our smiles:)
I have been lucky enough that I have been able to take all of my classes in person. This school is small enough that a lot of the time classes were small enough in the first place to stay in person for the 2020-21 school year.
I think if I were only judging based on academics, faculty, and staff, I would be able to rank 3 or 4 stars. However, the social life here is difficult, especially for students from diver backgrounds. I would love to see less focus on Greek life, and a more inclusive atmosphere for students.
For me online learning doesn't fit my usual learning style. However, professors here are so understanding that I had no trouble transitioning to online learning. I think they give us a chance to learn and succeed. I still feel close to my online professors. It's just important to reach out when you need help.
W&L is definitely a work hard, play hard community. Amazing classes and professors and very fun social scene.
Many classes during COVID were still in-person, but a few were online. They were definitely different from normal classes, but professors tried to ensure that students still felt as though they were learning in a community.
W&L is an excellent liberal arts institution with a vast amount of resources and plenty of opportunities to help you succeed, despite its small size. Although it isn't a large resource institution, the school does an excellent job of combining small class sizes with considerable resources and a heavy amount of extracurricular involvement. Although there is some controversy around the school's name and Greek life, in the end this represents a small portion of the university, and you can easily find people who will fit your interests even though the school only has 1800 undergrads.
Although nobody likes online school, W&L has done a good job adapting to the situation. Most professors know what they are doing and still expect the same effort from an online or hybrid compared to an in-person one. That being said, most professors are also understanding of any difficulties associated with online learning.
Washington and Lee has been an overall positive experience so far. Although there are administrative troubles, the lifelong friends I have met, and the excellent caliber of professors who care deeply about their students make it a worthwhile experience.
I have been lucky enough to have a majority of my classes maintain at least some in-person element. When online, they are mostly synchronous, Zoom classes that allow for discussion. When attending a class online while the rest of the class is in person, the experience is most certainly worse, but that is normally only the case if in quarantine.
Due to Covid, I took most of my classes online, but I was on campus. And even without in person classes, the professors were great and I learned a lot. The faculty and academics are definitely a selling point of the school.
It's a good school, with some major bonuses and some drawbacks. The campus is great, the teachers are great, everyone's pretty nice and they give *so much money*. But, it's also very white, rich, and party heavy. There's a pretty huge culture gap between the old school southern crowd and new Questbridge students. It seems to be moving more liberal; take from that what you will. But they did handle Covid well, and I am enjoying my time here.
Learning online anywhere is tough, but I feel that W&L has adjusted to it pretty well. Almost all of my professors treat class as if it were in person, trying to make sure we're still getting the most out of our education.
In my experience, the community has been awesome. Great resources all throughout campus and the small class sizes make it very easy to develop a relationship with your professors.
Outstanding faculty, great financial aid, and a lot of opportunities to succeed in your chosen field of study!
I like that we are required to keep our cameras on! At first, when we transitioned to online learning, it was a little unusual for the faculty but now they know how to run things and so the classes are still very fulfilling and exciting.
Being a smaller school, W&L has been able to mange the COVID-19 situation effectively, allowing for a full semester of on-campus residence, classes, athletic practices, etc. W&L was able to minimize the number of completely virtual classes, so I ended up with only 1 completely virtual class, 1 hybrid class, and 3 in-person classes this past semester.
My past 4 years at W&L have been incredible. We have a strong, caring community with supportive faculty that have cultivated my critical thinking skills. I also love our Honor System - definitely one of the distinguishing factors of the university.
Because we’re a small school, we’ve mostly been able to be in person which is great!! I only had one online class. That said, online options have been available for quarantining students and professors have been very flexible.
As a current student at Washington and Lee, I can confidently say that W&L provides the opportunities of a large university while maintaining the feeling of an intimate community. W&L students have an incredibly driven mindset, which is enhanced by caring and attentive faculty. Student involvement abounds on campus--it's hard to find someone that isn't a leader in one way or another. The community aspect acts as a great platform to easily get to know people around campus, and familiar and friendly faces become constant throughout your time as W&L. (also, the food is so good)