With over 125 student organizations and countless activities to choose from, life at W&L is never dull. First-year students are given a taste of all the extracurricular opportunities available to them at the Student Activities Fair, held each year during Orientation Week, and if the right opportunity doesn't exist, given the tools and encouragement to start a new organization.
In addition to student-run clubs and organizations, the Student Programming and Recreation staff sponsor a variety of speakers, concerts, movies and other events in the John W. Elrod Commons and elsewhere on campus throughout the year. Students interested in an active lifestyle enjoy many exciting opportunities through the Campus Recreation office, which offers group exercise classes, intramural sports programs, sport clubs and outdoor excursions through the Outing Club.
Greek life is popular at Washington and Lee, and many students join fraternities and sororities in their first year. W&L is home to 16 national fraternities, including two historically black Greek fraternities, and eight national sororities, including two historically black Greek sororities.
Whether it be through student organizations, community service, athletics or Greek life, students have numerous opportunities to acquire leadership skills during their four years at Washington and Lee. The Leadership Development program features programs, workshops and seminars designed to augment these experiences and create a culture of shared leadership across campus.