College is the place you’ll call home for some of the most transformational years of your life, so the people you encounter are as important as the location you choose.

At Washington and Lee, you'll find a sense of community that is immediately palpable. It’s evident in our Speaking Tradition, which encourages students and faculty to greet friends and strangers alike. It’s evident in the close relationships that develop between students and faculty, over research or over coffee. It’s evident in the bonds that develop between classmates and teammates, on Outing Club treks and during theater productions. And it’s evident in the trust and freedom created by our student-run Honor System.

The Campus Unity Initiative

The Campus Unity Initiative is a series of events and activities that occurs every other week. Organized and produced by students, this campus-wide programming includes everything from karaoke, to interesting speakers, to free food. This programming is open to all students — first-years to seniors — and is a great casual way to meet students from all areas of campus.

Inclusion and Engagement

We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment and retention of students, faculty and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

The Honor System

The Honor System at W&L is entirely student-run. It is based on the fundamental principle that students will not lie, cheat, steal or otherwise violate the community’s trust. The result is an environment that is collaborative, not cutthroat, and where rational discourse is the norm rather than the exception.

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Global and Diverse

W&L students are engaged citizens of a global and diverse community.


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"W&L has given me the opportunity to be part of a community of amazing people who are not only genuinely passionate about what they’re interested in, but also very genuine people who care about the community around them."

Elizabeth MugoColumbia, South Carolina