Does W&L have a required core curriculum?
Yes. We believe strongly in exposing our students to the traditional liberal arts and sciences to complement what they are learning in their major field of study.
What does this mean?
It does not mean that your whole first year of college is planned for you. Our approach to the core curriculum, which we call the Foundation and Distribution Requirements (FDRs), is flexible and gives you choices about what classes to take. There are plenty of courses that can satisfy your FDRs - some even in your own major. Far from cramping your style, FDRs are intended to be liberating! Have more questions? You can read more about FDRs on the Registrar's website.
What are W&L's First-Year Seminars?
The idea behind the First-Year Seminars is to give new students the chance to explore a field of study by focusing on a specific problem or issue within that field. The seminar is limited to 15 first-year students who work closely with the faculty member and produce papers or projects as the main work of the course.
What kinds of academic support can I expect at W&L?
W&L offers a range of academic support services, starting with your faculty advisor. Your advisor will keep an eye on your academic progress overall, and is a concerned advocate who can help you locate any specific support you might need. Our Academic Peer Tutoring Program is free and available to any student who needs a little help or just wants to maintain or enhance their academic performance. Also, W&L's Writing Center is staffed by upperclass students who are specially chosen because of their strong writing skills. They are available to work with you on your own writing as you develop papers for your classes.
If you are concerned about a disability or need accommodations, we will work individually with you to make sure you have the tools you need to succeed.