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.

The AIM Program

The mission of the Advanced Immersion and Mentoring (AIM) initiative is to instill within incoming first-year students an increased sense of confidence and belonging. As Washington and Lee furthers its ongoing commitment to a diverse and inclusive community, the development of AIM as our Quality Enhancement Plan will provide meaningful support and foster connections for talented students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

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.