Location and Facilities
Washington and Lee is located in Lexington, Virginia, a historic city of 7,000 residents. Situated between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains in the Valley of Virginia, Lexington is the county seat of Rockbridge County, home to an additional 21,000 people. Lexington is a two-hour drive to the state capital, Richmond, and a three-hour drive to Washington, D.C. The area features strong public schools, a variety of cultural events, and, with close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Maury River, rich opportunities for outdoor activities. Lexington is also home to the Virginia Military Institute, and 13 four-year colleges and universities are located within approximately 75 miles of the city. The Washington and Lee campus is renowned for its historical significance, and the front campus is a National Historic Landmark.
The campus is known for its great beauty and the high quality of its facilities. Several major building projects are planned or underway; within the past decade, several major projects have transformed the face of the campus. The recently completed capital campaign has been responsible for renovations to Wilson Field, the stadium for football, lacrosse and and track and field competitions, and the main floor of Leyburn Library. Hillel House, a 7,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility that is the center for Jewish life on campus, was completed in 2010.
A central feature of the recent campaign has been the restoration of the historic Colonnade, a $50 million project. Four of the five Colonnade buildings have been restored, and the fifth, Tucker Hall, is scheduled for restoration and renovation beginning in 2016.
Other projects now underway include construction of the Center for Global Learning, which opens in 2016 and will house classrooms, seminar rooms and instructional labs along with offices for language departments, visiting international scholars and the Office of International Education; a new natatorium as part of a project to replace the Doremus-Warner Center indoor athletic complex; and upper-division housing in support of W&L's decision to require students to live on campus during their first three years.