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.
The Johnson Scholarship

The Johnson Scholarship

Interested in merit scholarships?  Each year, up to 44 entering first-year students are selected as Johnson Scholars on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and potential to contribute to W&L’s intellectual and civic life, as well as the world at large. Johnson Scholarships cover at least, the cost of tuition, room and board and provide funding up to $7,000 to support summer experiences. The deadline to apply for all merit scholarships is December 1, 2021.

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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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