W&L at a Glance
W&L is the ninth-oldest school in the country. Its namesakes are George Washington, whose 1796 gift kept the fledgling institution alive, and Robert E. Lee, whose visionary presidential leadership greatly expanded and enriched the school and its curriculum. With an enrollment of approximately 1,750 men and women, classes are small and discussion-focused. The historic but continually updated 55-acre campus is in Lexington, Virginia, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains.
W&L is a university in a liberal arts college setting, with programs that respond to the need for today's students to be prepared to lead a world transformed by science and technology, globalization, and new economic, political and cultural realities. Students build programs from more than 1,200 courses, 37 majors and 22 minors, a rich array seldom found at a small college.
W&L's programs in the natural sciences include engineering, neuroscience, geology and biochemistry. The Williams School for Commerce, Economics, and Politics offers programs in accounting, business, economics, and politics. Students may choose the accredited journalism program or, as undergraduates, take advantage of academic opportunities available through the top-ranked School of Law.
Educating students in a climate of learning that stresses personal responsibility and integrity is central to Washington and Lee's mission - an emphasis reflected in the University's renowned Honor System. Student-administered and acknowledged to be among the strongest of its kind in the nation, the Honor System creates a safe and trusting environment, influencing W&L students' lives long after graduation.