Our commitment to the values of liberal education is the thread woven through Washington and Lee’s arts and sciences curriculum, its pre-professional programs and the School of Law. Despite differences of subject matter and method, the undergraduate and graduate programs of the University share a fundamental purpose: to develop every student’s capacity to think freely, critically and humanely. Both inside and outside the classroom, the University seeks to cultivate judgment, love of learning, commitment to justice and honorable character vital for individual achievement and constructive participation in society.
These values are best fostered in a small community that nurtures strong ties among students, faculty and staff. Personalized attention and opportunity for one-on-one interactions between excellent teacher/scholars and outstanding students are hallmarks of the liberal arts model of education at Washington and Lee University. We strive to strengthen our campus and global community by promoting research, scholarship and the creative arts, by embracing diversity and by engaging in service to others. The bright future of Washington and Lee is grounded in its long-standing motto— non incautus futuri—as the University remains responsive to contemporary interpretations of our traditional values