General Questions

New Student Programming

Yes. We offer several pre-orientation programs: Volunteer Venture, Appalachian Adventure, and Sustainability Leadership trips. Information on each of these options can be found on the Leading Edge website.

First-year students register for classes during orientation in September. Students are given training on the WebAdvisor registration process and work with faculty advisers to create a class schedule at this time. You will be assigned your initial faculty adviser in August.

Orientation Week is meant to introduce you to campus. From exploring the traditions and themes of campus, to meeting your fellow-classmates, to introducing you to clubs and student organizations that you can join, O-week is meant to show you everything campus has to offer you!

First Year Housing

Once you confirm your admission you will start receiving information from the Office for the Dean for First-Year Experience. An information packet will be sent later this spring including the housing application, student health forms, access to the new student GHQ, and a summer timeline. Housing assignments and roommate information will be sent to your Applicant Portal account in July.

Yes. The fee is $65 per academic year.

Enrollment & Payments

Unfortunately, no. W&L's merit-based scholarships are only offered through The Johnson Scholarship program, which awards tuition, room and board. The Scholarship application deadline for this year was December 1.

Your Applicant Portal is associated with the applicant's email address submitted on the Common Application. Login credentials were sent to that email address. If you cannot retrieve your login credentials, please contact the admissions office at

Whether you can pay in full or need help, you may wish to consider paying all or part of your education expenses monthly on the Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan offered by Tuition Management Systems. The payment plan is available for an annual enrollment fee and includes Life Insurance coverage for the bill payer, personal account service and counseling, automated account information 24 hours a day, and access to your account through their website: Tuition Management Systems

Visit Tuition Management Systems for more information on payment options, free education payment counseling and the many ways they can help you afford education. You can also call them toll free at 1-800-337-4309.

W&L email credentials will be provided in the late spring - for more information contact the Office for First-Year Experience.

The Gap Year

Spending a year outside of a formal educational setting can be a wonderful experience, in the right circumstances. At W&L, admitted students' requests to defer admission for a year are typically approved, provided the year is spent thoughtfully engaged in enriching activities. Please view our Gap Year policies and guidelines.