First-Year Experience Class of 2018

Welcome to the First-Year Experience website at Washington and Lee University! Our goal is to assist new students as they develop academically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. 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 complimentary and interrelated.

Before You Arrive

The New Student Guidebook and Summer Timeline mailing will explain what forms need to be filled out, and how to obtain access information for your W&L e-mail and network account through the Student GHQ. First-Years are expected to utilize their new e-mail accounts and to check their e-mail daily since this is the primary way the University conducts its business with students.

Arrivals and Orientation

The 5-day Orientation Week introduces the newest members of our community to those Washington and Lee traditions which are central, both functionally and philosophically, to the past, present, and future of the University. The Honor system, undergraduate curriculum, student self-governance, clubs and organizations fair, educational and social events, and meeting fellow classmates are just a few of the many highlights of the Orientation program.

Your First Year

Your first year at Washington and Lee will be an overwhelming and exciting experience. You will find many ways to get involved with clubs, activities, and academics. There are plenty of resources available should you need academic help, counseling services, questions answered about future careers, and more.

Parents and Families

Information for parents and families regarding Parents Orientation, Parents and Family Weekend, financial resources, visiting Lexington, and more.

Services

At Washington and Lee numerous services are available for students, ranging from Public Safety and the University Registrar to Dining Services and University Counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions

A comprehensive list of questions that students and parents might have when beginning their first year at Washington and Lee.