Student Activities and Greek Life

Clubs and Organizations

What kind of student organizations does W&L have?

There are over 130 clubs and organizations at Washington and Lee - and you can join them all. Options include performing arts, community service, multicultural and international organizations, publications and media, political, religious, sports, and student government. Check out the full list to see what you might join! 

What activities go on during the school year?

If we listed them here, you wouldn't have enough hours in a day to read the list. But just to give you a taste, each year we have high-profile speakers, concerts by famous performers, programming on current topics with real experts, free weekend movies, service days and more! And these don't even count the number of activities and events hosted by student organizations. Check out the The Columns to see who's been to campus recently and what's coming up in the future.

How do I join a student organization?

The best way to get involved is by attending the Student Activities Fair that is held during Orientation Week . At the fair you can sign up for all organizations in which you are interested. Didn't get to stop by? Don't worry. Most organizations will allow new members to join at any point throughout the year by contacting the student in charge of the organization.

I didn't see a club I'm looking for... Can I start a new organization?

Absolutely! If you still want to start a new organization, then talk with the great folks in the Office of Student Activities. They can help you propose a new club and get it approved.

Service Opportunities

Are there opportunities to get involved in community service?

There are many! In fact, most students on campus are involved - in some way - with giving back to the local community. Many students join The Nabors Service League (NSL), a student-run service organization that coordinates student service efforts in Lexington and Rockbridge County. Another popular service opportunity is Campus Kitchen, which helps feed families in the area that might be food insecure. Other students choose to engage in community-based research, which supports research partnerships between W&L students and non-profits in the Rockbridge area to address pressing community challenges.

Many other student-led and school-sponsored organizations also involve students in community service.

What is the Shepherd Program?

The nationally recognized Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability (aka The Shepherd Program) integrates academic study and learning through service and reflection. The Shepherd Program provides a structure for student leadership and volunteer service in the local Rockbridge community and across the nation as a part of Washington and Lee's effort to accentuate student honor and leadership. Students can explore service opportunities - as well as take classes that help understand and solve problems and consequences of poverty in today's society.

What does it mean to be a Bonner Scholar?

As part of the Bonner Program, Bonner Scholars commit to 900 hours of civic engagement over two calendar years, doing much for their service work locally in the Lexington-Rockbridge area, during summer internships and on alternative break trips. Bonners are expected to take leadership roles at sites that extend beyond volunteering to make an impact on the organization that lasts beyond their service. All Bonner Scholars receive work-study funding for the service hours they perform.

Greek Life

How many sororities are at Washington and Lee?

Washington and Lee has eight sororities. Five of the sororities are part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) , two are historically black Greek organizations; governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and one is a local organization.

How many fraternities are at Washington and Lee?

Washington and Lee has 13 national fraternities: 11 are part of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and 2 are historically black Greek organizations.

How do I join a Greek organization?

At W&L, this happens during your second term on campus - Winter Term. First-year students interested in joining a Greek organization must complete fall term and meet the minimum grade requirements, which vary by organization. During Orientation Week and toward the end of fall term, information sessions regarding Greek Life will be held to introduce interested first-year students to fraternity and sorority life. Formal recruitment occurs the first week of winter term. 

How does Greek housing work?

Each chapter determines which members may live in the chapter house. Most Greek students who wish to live in Greek housing do so during their sophomore year.

What is the cost of being Greek?

The cost of being Greek varies between chapters, but the cost of room and board is comparable to the cost of room and board for students in other types of University housing. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of Greek membership. IFC and Panhellenic distribute $48,000 annually to students with financial need. Some chapters and/or their national organization offer scholarships as well. The Office of Residence and Greek Life offers more information on the cost of being Greek for fraternities and sororities.