Where Do I Start?

New Student Programming

How do we sign up for Admitted Students Day? Is it beneficial for students who have already decided to come, or just for students who are still trying to decide?

There will be two Admitted Students Days: March 31 and April 24; the programs are identical. To confirm your attendance for one of these dates, please click here to log in to your GHQ and register online. Admitted Students Days are for applicants who are admitted as well as those who have confirmed their admission to the Class of 2021. Families are welcome to attend.

Can my child come for an overnight visit/class visit as an admitted student?

Yes! We arrange overnight visits for admitted students during our Admitted Students Day events in March and April. You can request the overnight when you register for Admitted Students Day. If your child has a friend who is a current W&L student, she/he may arrange the overnight stay directly with the current student.  

We will also be happy to arrange a class visit for admitted students. Please contact W&L Admissions by phone at 540-458-8710. Please request the class visit one week prior to your visit. Let us know the period of time you will be available for the class and several areas of subject interest.

What are the pre-orientation programs?

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.

When is Parents and Family Weekend? 

Parents Weekend 2017 has been tentatively scheduled for October 6 through 8. If you'd like more information about the programming and events, visit the Parents and Family Weekend site.

First Year Housing

Do early decision admits get room preference over regular decision?

Rooms are assigned in the order applications are received and Early Decision students are given preference. All applications must be submitted online through the Student GHQ beginning in April.

When do students move in? 

Please visit the First Year Experience site for an up-to-date list of move-in dates.  

When will my student get their residence hall room assignments?

Once you confirm your admission you will start receiving information from the Office of the Dean of First-Year Experience. An information packet will be sent by USPS by mid-April 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 GHQ account in July. Until then any questions you might have on W&L first-year experience can be found on the First Year Experience site.

Do I need a car? Can I bring a car? Is it okay if I don't have a car? How much does it cost to register a car? Where can I park?

Some students do bring a car their first year - but many do not. The fee is $65 per academic year. The Public Safety site has more information about vehicle registration.

Academic Credit

I have taken AP/IB/Cambridge International/AICE/European Credits/Exchange courses... How do we get those credits transferred?

Any questions about credit transfer can be found on the Registrar's website.


Can I still apply for merit-based aid?

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 1st.

I cannot get into my student's GHQ!

The applicant GHQ is associated with applicant's email address submitted on the Common Application. Login credentials were sent to that email address. For more information about the GHQ, please refer to our GHQ portal.

How can I pay my Enrollment Desposit? Can I just send a check or pay on PayPal? 

The Enrollment deposit may be paid by check or credit card in the GHQ.

How do I pay my tuition?

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, access to your account through their Web site, Tuition Management Systems

Visit the Tuition Management Systems Web site 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. For more information about W&L tuition and fees, please visit this link.

Medical Requests & Info

What are the medical requirements? Vaccinations? What does my student do if they get sick?

Answers to any and all medical questions can be found on the Student Health Website.

My child has a medical issue/prescription/disability/accessibility needs... Who should I contact about dorm room/classroom accommodations?

Accommodations for students with disabilities or special needs are made with our Coordinator of Disability Resources, (540) 458-4055. Please visit their website for more information.

Coming to Campus

What is the closest airport? How do students get to campus from the airport?

The nearest airport is Roanoke, VA (ROA) about 50 miles south of Lexington.  Amtrak offers rail service to Staunton, VA, 30 miles to our north. You can visit our website to review transportation options between to campus. 

I'm SO excited-I want to see a list of things I can bring for my residence hall room!

To see a list developed by the residential life staff of what to bring for your first-year at W&L, please visit the First Year Housing site.  

Whom do I call for what and when?

Contact the Office of First-Year Students at for questions pertaining to housing, student health, payment, pre-orientation, first-year orientation, vehicle registration, W&L student email address and technology, and meal plans.   
Contact the Office of the Registrar for questions pertaining to class registration, AP credit, and faculty advisors.   
Contact the Business Office for questions pertaining to student accounts, and the payment schedule.   
Contact Financial Aid for questions pertaining to the financial aid portal, financial aid and work-study opportunities.  

When will I get my W&L email address?

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

Once on Campus

When does registration for classes open for First Years?

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.

How will I connect with my academic advisor to prepare for registration?

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.

The Gap Year

I was admitted to Washington and Lee and am considering taking a "gap year" between high school and college. How does this work at W&L?

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. We do have a few policies and guidelines related to this:

- Students requesting to defer admission must first reserve a spot in our student body with the required reservation deposit.

- Requests to defer admission must be submitted in writing by June 15 and may be emailed to admissions@wlu.edu. Students should submit a detailed proposal for how they will spend the academic year between high school and college (September to June). The proposal must account for the entirety of the upcoming academic year. Partial year proposals will not be approved.

- Full time study at another college will not be approved, nor will a post-graduate year of full time study at the high school level. Some exceptions might be granted, such as for language immersion or other academic or cultural programs abroad.

If a gap year proposal is approved, the student and a parent or guardian must sign an agreement affirming their willingness to treat the deferral as a commitment to enroll at W&L the next fall. This precludes applying for admission to other colleges or reserving a spot in the class of any other college. In addition, recipients of W&L need-based financial aid must reapply for aid next year, since each year's financial aid process involves submitting updated family income information.