Washington and Lee University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Juris Doctor, and Master of Laws. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Washington and Lee University.
W&L is also accredited by AACSB International (the association for management education); the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications; and the American Chemical Society. The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.
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W&L competes at the NCAA Division III level, where all financial aid is based on family need and academic merit. Most of W&L's 23 teams compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, a 14-team league, with most schools located in Virginia. W&L offers the following varsity sports:
The University is located in the historic city of Lexington (population 7,000) in the Great Valley of Virginia about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. W&L’s 35 principal buildings include the picturesque Washington College group forming the Colonnade facing Lee Chapel, where Robert E. Lee is buried. The Colonnade and Lee Chapel are National Historic Landmarks. New or recently renovated buildings include the John W. Elrod University Commons, the journalism department's Reid Hall, the Doremus fitness center, Wilson Hall, the fine arts and music center, and the Hillel House. A multi-year restoration of the University's historic Colonnade began in 2009.
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W&L’s students live in 48 states and the District of Columbia and hold citizenships in 47 other countries.
There are 190 full-time undergraduate faculty, with 95 percent holding Ph.D.s or equivalent degrees. The student-faculty ratio is 9 to 1. There are 33 full-time law faculty. The student-faculty ratio in the School of Law is 10 to 1.
The Honor System is an integral part of student life and is entirely student-run. The Honor System is based on the fundamental principle of mutual trust among students, faculty and staff that students attending Washington and Lee will not lie, cheat, steal or otherwise act dishonorably.
The remarkable breadth of experience and perspective students bring to campus helps ensure that extracurricular life at W&L has something to offer everyone.
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In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-discrimination laws, Washington and Lee University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status, or genetic information in its educational programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment. Inquiries may be directed to the Provost, Robert Strong, Washington Hall, (540) 458-8418 who is designated by the University to coordinate compliance efforts and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, as well as those under Section 504 and other applicable non-discrimination laws. Inquiries may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.