The MAZE Program

Navigating the Admissions MAZE

The Washington and Lee University Admissions Office is pleased to announce an important opportunity for the children and grandchildren of W&L alumni: Finding Your Way through the College Admissions Maze. This year's program will be held virtually Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14.

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of an anonymous friend and benefactor of the University, Washington and Lee has created a program designed to advise and inform families with children approaching college age about the intricacies of the college search process and the important steps in gaining admission to highly selective colleges and universities.

Offered every other summer, the program is available to any child or grandchild of a W&L graduate who is entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade, with priority given to rising 11th and 12th graders. Virtual sessions are led by highly experienced and respected college admission professionals who will encourage you to think carefully about the college selection process in a structured, yet relaxed and informal environment. In addition to the important counseling focus on choosing the right college, participants will also learn about the other side of the coin: how university admissions offices evaluate applications, especially in a test-optional landscape.

We believe that this program represents an extraordinary opportunity for members of the W&L family either to begin or to enhance the college search, and we hope that you will choose to participate.

There is no registration fee or tuition for the program, and the 2021 MAZE Program will be hosted in a virtual format. Further details will follow upon receipt of your confirmation.

Office of Admissions

Gilliam House
19 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, Virginia 24450

13th Admissions MAZE Program Schedule

Day One

10:30 a.m.

Welcome and introduction of guest speakers and Admission staff

10:45 a.m.
Session #1: Getting Started

What is the “right” college? Where do you belong? What do you consider? How do you proceed?

11:45 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Session #2: The Landscape

Listen to our experts talk about hot button topics in college admission today and discuss the selection process.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Session #3: Case Studies

Join a mock admission committee to read and discuss the important aspects of an application.

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closing Session

Day Two: Choose Your Adventure

Some events may require advanced registration later in the summer.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Option 1: General Information Session

For students considering applying to W&L

Option 2: Tour

Live VIRTUAL campus tour led by our student Ambassadors

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Option 1: Finding Your Voice and Writing the College Essay (students only)
Option 2: Financing an Education (parents only)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Option 1: Tour

Live VIRTUAL campus tour led by our student Ambassadors

Option 2: Office Hours

Virtual Q&A opportunity with W&L admission staff

For questions about the MAZE Program, please contact