We believe in the power of learning by doing. Our students are invited to expand their education and broaden their understanding through engaging, hands-on experiences. Here, learning comes in a variety of shapes and sizes limited only by students’ imaginations.
As a W&L student, you can partner with a professor or undertake an independent research project, on-campus or further afield. Dive deep and develop the skills that will give you a taste of — and a head-start on — postgraduate life.
Our interdisciplinary approach to academics includes the holistic development of students by weaving character development and personal and community responsibility into the college experience. Some ways W&L does is is through the Honor System, community engagement and intentional leadership opportunities.
W&L students are actively engaged in their communities. From tutoring to interpreting at the hospital, from building houses with Habitat for Humanity to helping at the domestic violence shelter. The commitment to service extends into the classroom as well, through a number of service-learning courses in which community service is integrated with instruction and reflection.
We educate students to be participants in a global and diverse society by engaging students through coursework, speaker series and cultural programs, and a vibrant and extensive study abroad program.
“ Liberal arts education cannot possibly prepare you in advance for everything you will encounter, but it makes you the kind of person who responds well to encounters for which you are not prepared. That ability, more than anything else, enhances your prospects for a lifetime of learning, achievement, leadership, service and citizenship.”
William Dudley • President, Washington and Lee University