The goal of the First-Year Experience is to assist new students as they develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. There is a direct connection here between what happens in and beyond the classroom; you will find that our academic and student life programs are complementary and interrelated.
Residence life is an important part of every W&L student's experience. More than 50 percent of W&L students live on campus, with First-Year and sophomore students required to live in University housing, in options ranging from traditional residence halls to apartments and themed housing. Juniors and seniors may choose to remain on campus or live off campus, in downtown apartments or country houses.
Dining Services offers a full board meal plan for first-year students, who take the majority of their meals in the Marketplace, W&L's main dining hall. Upper-divison students have several meal plan options which allow them to take their meals in any of the three campus dining facilities, as well as in fraternity/sorority housing and off campus.
The Career Development Center complements the educational experience of students by providing the guidance and resources needed to develop and implement their academic and career plans. Its comprehensive services emphasize collaborative relationships with employers, alumni, faculty, peer institutions and the W&L community.
With over 130 student organizations to choose from, as well as speakers, concerts, movies and events throughout the year, life at W&L is never dull. And if the right opportunity doesn't exist, students are given the tools and encouragement to start something new.
W&L is committed to the recruitment and retention of a broad, inclusive student body, faculty and administration who represent a wide range of interests, abilities and cultures.
The Student Health Center at Washington and Lee University includes three departments to help students, be it counseling or providing information about health issues. The Office of Public Safety provides a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University community.
College can be a big adjustment, and at W&L, we believe that there is a direct connection between what happens in and beyond the classroom. Beginning with the First-Year Program, we offer the guidance, resources and support to help students succeed on both academic and personal levels.
The community of trust created by Washington and Lee's student-run Honor System is one of the hallmarks of student life. W&L students hold each other accountable for honorable behavior, character and integrity, actively participating in the governance of student conduct through six bodies.