Before You Arrive Spring & Summer as a Confirmed Student

The First-Year Experience is up and running by mid-April with the New Student Guidebook and Summer Timeline mailing, which outline the summer responsibilities of a new General.  This information 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. FYs receive their room assignment and the name of their initial faculty adviser via e-mail. FYs should also make time to review the University Student Handbook.

The Leading Edge

The Leading Edge Pre-Orientation Program takes place the week before regular First-Year student orientation begins. The programs are small and inviting, a testament to the atmosphere of W&L. The Leading Edge provides incoming First-Year students with the opportunity to begin their college career with friends, a sense of community, sharpened teamwork skills, and a memorable, meaningful, and challenging experience.

Summer Timeline

The New Student Summer Timeline outlines what students need to do before they arrive at Washington and Lee, including dates.

New Student Guidebook

The New Student Guidebook is one of the most important and helpful resources for confirmed students. It includes an overview of new student orientation and an introduction to everyday life at W&L.

Placement Testing

All incoming First-Year students are expected to take a foreign language placement test. Students who have pursued more than one language and have received high school credit for them should decide which language they wish to pursue at Washington and Lee, and take the placement test in that language only. Students who do not take a placement test in the language they studied in high school will not be able to enroll in that language at Washington and Lee.

Student GHQ

The Student GHQ is a web portal for new students confirmed for admission to Washington and Lee University. Accessing the secure site provides applicants an opportunity to update family information, complete Student Affairs forms, submit the First-Year housing application, and activate their W&L email address.

Financial Aid

Income is not a barrier to accessing a quality education at Washington and Lee University. We provide scholarships and need-based awards to applicants at every income level. Washington and Lee is committed to providing all qualified students an opportunity for an outstanding educational experience. Need-based awards are available to any eligible student who completes the required financial aid documents.

Information Technology Services

ITS is available to you for problems concerning multimedia. Because most professors require papers to be typed, you will often be required to use a computer. The Leyburn Library has computer labs and printers for your convenience. If you experience problems concerning computers, internet networks etc. contact ITS: Call (540) 458-HELP (x4357).

Disability Accommodations

It is the policy of the Washington and Lee University and its School of Law to provide equal access to educational opportunities to qualified students with physical or mental disabilities, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.