To earn a baccalaureate degree from W&L, each student must complete a minimum of 113 credits (57 in residence), complete a set of Foundation and Distribution requirements, complete at least one major, and maintain a minimum 2.000 gpa.
Each student is required to complete a set of foundation and distribution courses. This is the basic liberal arts core requirements, often referred at other schools as the general education or gen ed core.
A limited number of credits may transfer into W&L, whether these are from AP, IB, dual enrollment, study abroad, etc. First-year students may only enter W&L with a maximum of 28 credits from any and all non-W&L courses. There are deadlines for submitting external credit.
W&L departments evaluate AP, IB and GCE A-level scores to award W&L credit. Official score reports should be received by August 15, but no later than the last day of fall-term classes for first-year students.
First-year students may request W&L credit for college-work completed prior to enrolling at W&L. A First-year Student Credit Transfer form is required by August 15, but no later than the last day of fall-term classes for first-years.
Some first-year students may complete placements tests in one or more foreign languages or mathematics, and all students are required to take a swim test during orientation. The results are posted on the WebAdvisor test summary screen. Students may request disability accommodations.
Additional information is posted about the normal course load at W&L, choosing courses for the first year, language and mathematics proficiency, declaring a major, taking courses pass/fail and first year seminars.