Incredible opportunity for those with incredible potential.

Why W&L?

Washington and Lee University is a small liberal arts college nestled in the Virginia mountains. We are known for our personal and engaging undergraduate experience and highly regarded School of Law.
Welcome W&L Class of 2025!

Welcome W&L Class of 2025!

This class exemplifies the character, leadership and academic excellence that have always defined W&L students, and we are confident that they will enhance our community in exciting ways over the next four years. Their leadership, creativity and resilience were prominent throughout high school and especially during COVID-19. They served as honor council members, student body presidents, state champion athletes, concert masters, entrepreneurs, community service leaders, interns, editors in chief, Gold Award recipients and Eagle Scouts — and now we are proud to welcome them to Lexington!

Meet the Class!
Liberal Arts Advantage

Liberal Arts Advantage

W&L is a place to grow intellectually, unlock opportunities and prepare for your future.   

Some choose W&L for reasons that are as unique as they are. Some attend W&L for its small size and personal attention; others will tell you it was for W&L’s academic reputation, its scenic location or the Honor System.   

When students graduate, they do so with minds that think critically and creatively, a degree that opens doors, and a community of friends built over the course of their time at W&L.

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Engaged Community

Engaged Community

W&L is home away from home for students from all over the nation and world who have their own unique interests and aspirations. 

As a residential college, our students build enduring friendships by living together on campus, working closely with each other and professors, participating in clubs and activities, and serving the local community.  

Relationships are further strengthened by our student-run Honor System, a commitment our students make not to lie, cheat, steal, or otherwise violate the trust of the community. As a result, students enjoy a safe and open environment that enables them to focus on what truly matters — learning.

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Pool of Opportunities

Pool of Opportunities

W&L students are bright, passionate and talented, with a world of opportunity waiting after graduation. 

Our small size and individual attention allow us to develop personalized plans for students every step of the way, from early-career exploration to post-grad preparation. 

Together with on-campus programming, off-campus career trips, our robust alumni network and cross-departmental partnerships, we create an environment where students have the confidence, skills and tools to pursue their desired professional paths.

Our Distinctive Opportunities
Adventure-Ready Location

Adventure-Ready Location

Welcome to Lexington, Virginia. 

The town hosts two colleges, is consistently named a best small town, and is nestled among the mountains with larger cities just a short drive away. 

Lexington — and the adventure-ready landscape that surrounds it — become such a part of students’ lives that graduates often return to visit long after their college days are behind them.  

Our campus is about 50 miles from Roanoke, 140 miles from the state capital of Richmond, and 180 miles from the national capital of Washington, D.C.

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Scene on Campus

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The Heart
Of W&L

We have a long tradition of educating smart, ambitious students who have the ability and the desire to make a difference in the world.
James' Story
James, a young man, interviews young children in Nepal
James Ricks spent the summer in Nepal, where he researched tobacco use and health in the Kalikot region.
Read Laurie's Story
Laurie, a young woman, sits in front of a computer in a science lab smiling at the camera
Laurie Jones is grateful for her opportunity to study in Ireland and Jordan through the Peace and Conflict Program.
Read Danika's Story
Danika Brockman spent the summer at the Rockbridge Area Relief Association, where she helped with the food pantry.
Read Kylie's Story
As director of operations for Mock Con 2020, Kylie Piotte put her planning skills to the test.

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