First-Year Opportunities Distinctly Dubyuhnell

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.

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.

Research at W&L

W&L invests heavily in student research, whether independent or in partnership with faculty. Opportunities abound for work in the natural sciences and the humanities, and students are encouraged to take part in research over the summer as well as during the school year.

Global Learning

Global learning is multifaceted. Paths towards engaged global citizenship are as unique and distinct as the student that pursues them. W&L's innovative program in global learning embraces the diversity of opportunities on campus and abroad and guides students as they choose a path to follow throughout their undergraduate experience.

Spring Term @ W&L

Four weeks. One class. Your undivided attention. In the lab, in the field, on the road, around the world.

Opportunity Grants

The Johnson Opportunity Grant program provides funds to support W&L student projects all across the country and around the world. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are open to any rising junior or senior at W&L. The grants cover travel, living expenses, and other costs associated with the proposed project or summer activity.

Career and Professional Development

Finding a career is an ongoing process that starts the first day you come to campus. Whether you are an undecided about your career path, seeking academic advice, or looking for your first job or internship, Career and Professional Development can help.