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Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts college in Lexington, Virginia.
The original school from which Washington and Lee descended was established in 1749 as Augusta Academy. In 1776 it was renamed Liberty Hall, and moved to Lexington in 1780. In 1796, George Washington endowed the academy with $20,000 in stock,the largest gift ever given to an educational institution at that time. The trustees changed the school's name to Washington Academy to honor the vital contribution.Dividends from Washington's gift continue to help pay part of the cost of each student's education.Robert E. Lee was president of Washington Academy after the Civil War in 1865 until his death in 1870, after which the school was renamed Washington and Lee University.
Washington and Lee's motto is Non incautus futuri, meaning "Not unmindful of the future."
One quarter of W&L's undergraduates participate in varsity athletics, three quarters in club or intramural programs. There are more than 120 student organizations and publications, and approximately 80 percent of undergraduates belong to fraternities or sororities.
Today the university has about 1,780 undergraduate students and 400 in the School of Law. Washington and Lee is divided into three schools: The College, where all undergraduates begin their studies, encompassing the liberal arts, humanities and hard sciences, with notable interest among students in pre-health and pre-law studies; the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, which offers majors in accounting, business administration, economics, politics, and public accounting; and the School of Law, which offers Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees.
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