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.
W&L Advantage

W&L Advantage

Founded in 1749, W&L is the 9th oldest college in the United States, even older than the U.S. Constitution.

Today, W&L is a top-ranked liberal arts university that continues to build on its innovative and flexible approach to education. W&L's motto, ”Not unmindful of the future,” reflects our commitment to an education that is relevant to the 21st century. 

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Making College Affordable

Making College Affordable

We are committed to meeting 100% of student financial need.

Every year, W&L awards about $53 million in institutional grants in addition to federal and state awards. And because of the strength of our need-based aid, only a fraction of families choose to take out optional loans. 

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Engaged Community

Engaged Community

We are a close-knit, residential campus where students build lifelong friendships by living on campus, working and studying together, participating in clubs and activities, and serving the community. 

A community which is strengthened by the student-run Honor System, and the commitment students make not to lie, cheat, steal or otherwise violate the trust of the community. 

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Pool of Opportunities

Pool of Opportunities

Our size, resources and commitment to innovation mean students have access to faculty and resources from day one.

One of the hallmarks of the W&L experience is the accessibility of faculty. Every class is taught by a faculty member who often becomes a mentor, colleague and champion, pushing students to raise the bar. 

Our Distinctive Opportunities
Adventure-Ready Location

Adventure-Ready Location

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. 

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.  

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Scene on Campus

Scene on Campus is a frequently updated collection of candid photos highlighting W&L campus life.

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.
Campus Garden
Carla Vela ’27, Elise Massey ’27 and Ella Wong ’27, participants in the AIM program, work in the Campus Garden
The university’s Campus Garden is a dedicated space growing organic produce for both the campus and local community.
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 AJ's Story
AJ Mabaka '22 plans to attend a graduate program in marine science and conservation policy.
Read Jackson's Story
In addition to pursuing a double major, Jackson Hotchkiss ’24 is a competitive cycler.

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From The Columns

Read The Columns for W&L stories on campus and around the world.