School Counselors

School Counselor Resources

We work closely with school counselors to support student college applications. To make this process as easy as possible, we've assembled resources you may find helpful. If you have questions while viewing this page or counseling your students as they consider W&L, please contact us.

Counselors and COVID-19

We understand the current challenges school counselors face in the current conditions created by COVID-19. We encourage you to explore the resources below, learn about our Virtual Visit opportunities, and encourage you to reach out personally during this time.

Connect with W&L

A Letter to Counselors

We know that Washington and Lee is one college among the myriad you encourage your students to consider, so we do not take your engagement with us lightly. Now, more than ever, we wish to affirm our shared professional values: helping students access and afford a college education.

Contact W&L Admissions

We appreciate the opportunity to build relationships with school counselors and we welcome communication at any point in our admissions cycle. We consider such communication to serve a dual purpose: a school counselor can provide updates and contextualizing information for the admissions committee to consider, while admissions officers can share W&L program information, admissions and class profile data to support counselors’ ongoing work with students and families. We look forward to hearing from you.

Applying to W&L

A Word About Standardized Tests

Due to current challenges surrounding standardized testing, W&L is suspending the standardized testing requirement for first-year undergraduate applicants to the Class of 2025. For more information, please read the University’s announcement regarding the one-year testing requirement suspension and review our testing guidelines for first-year applicants.

The Applicant Review Process

We are looking for an exceptional group of 460 - 470 students who are curious, passionate about learning and will enliven our classrooms, who will excel on the playing fields and in the arts, who will produce high quality newspapers and magazines and who will participate in the 100+ clubs and student organizations on our campus.

Information for Counselors

Counselor Visit Program

We are pleased to host a bi-yearly program for school and community-based organization counselors to provide an introduction to our distinctive community.  Typically held in late fall, the three-day program allows counselors to experience our tight-knit campus and personalized education, meet current students and support staff, explore the town of Lexington and engage one another in the issues that unite our collective work. The 2020 program will be conducted virtually and is under development at this time. Check back for more information later this fall.

College Access Partnerships

We are honored to be partnered with national and regional college access organizations and initiatives. Learn more about the organizations we partner with.

Counselors who create a account are able to monitor their student's applications through W&L's admissions process. You'll be able to see your students' application status, missing or required items, and upload materials (such as letters of recommendations or test scores)