First-Year Opportunities Distinctly Dubyuhnell

Advanced Research Cohort

The ARC (Advanced Research Cohort) Program is aimed at select incoming first-year students to Washington and Lee with an interest in STEM areas. We invite these students to engage in a unique research opportunity: to work with faculty and current W&L students in conducting exciting original investigations. In addition to this intensive science research experience, the ARC program includes workshops on STEM careers, ethics, and policy questions, as well as a series of leadership seminars designed to empower students in both their academic studies and their overall impact on Washington and Lee. We seek to encourage both a strong sense of community and a cohort of student leaders in STEM areas.

The Leading Edge

The Leading Edge Pre-Orientation Program takes place the week before regular First-Year student orientation begins. The programs are small and inviting, a testament to the atmosphere of W&L. The Leading Edge provides incoming First-Year students with the opportunity to begin their college career with friends, a sense of community, sharpened teamwork skills, and a memorable, meaningful, and challenging experience.

First-Year Seminars

First-Year seminars are designed to introduce you to a field of study by way of a special topic, issue, or problem of interest to you. You will have the challenge of exploring the course material in depth with a faculty member and a small group of peers.