Admissions & Aid

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Admissions and Aid

We seek academically talented, curious and engaged students from around the world. Our student body represents 49 states and 47 countries of citizenship, who are not only academically driven, but leaders in their schools and communities, dedicated to having an impact on those around them.

We are committed to making the W&L experience affordable through generous need and merit-based financial aid programs. That's why W&L typically awards more than $50 million in need-based financial aid each year and provides 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships and campus work. As part of our commitment, students are not asked to assume debt by taking out loans as part of their financial aid award.

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Come See Us!

Visit Opportunities

A visit to campus can go a long way to learning whether W&L is right for you. If you are unable to join us in Lexington, we invite you to take advantage of the virtual resources to explore our campus and opportunities.

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Within Reach

Making W&L Affordable

We want a W&L education to be available to all applicants. W&L typically awards more than $49 million in financial aid each year, covering 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need through grants and scholarships.

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Applying to W&L

We hope to make your application to Washington and Lee as straightforward and transparent as possible. Learn more about our application requirements and deadlines.

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On Race-Conscious Admissions

From a statement by President Dudley on June 29: "We will continue to work to attract and support an increasingly diverse community at W&L while being fully compliant with the reinterpreted law."

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Why W&L?

The opportunities students have at Washington and Lee allow them to grow as scholars, compete as athletes, evolve as leaders, succeed in their careers and apply their skills to lead lives of consequence.

Affordability: Students with the intellect to excel and the selflessness to care should have the opportunity to lead. Through generous need-based aid and our renowned merit-based Johnson Scholarship, we aim to make our first-rate education accessible.
Community: Why do so many students love W&L? Our community welcomes everyone. Our honor system develops trust. Our faculty believe in our students. Our campus has a place for you.
Community: At its core, W&L’s Honor System is a student-governed code of conduct that ensures fairness and honesty. Our students are expected not to lie, cheat, or steal, but that’s only part of the equation.
Community: The number one thing to understand about life at a small college is that the campus is happening. Lively student activities programming, a thriving arts and music scene, 24 NCAA Division III sports, and outdoor adventure on the edge of campus ensure there.
Opportunities: With a core liberal arts college, an undergraduate school of business, and a law school that integrates undergraduate studies in innovative ways, Washington and Lee University is uniquely capable of meeting the challenges of the modern world.
Opportunities: Washington and Lee University's innovative 4-week, one-class Spring Term at the end of each academic year is interdisciplinary, intense, and anything but traditional.
Outcomes: There's a reason that Kiplinger's Personal Finance,, Time/Money magazine, and U.S. News & World Report all consider Washington and Lee one of the best college values in the nation.
Outcomes: Graduates will be prepared for lifelong learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.