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If You Can Play, You Can Play

The Washington and Lee Generals proudly join the effort to support and spread the message of the You Can Play project by embracing and promoting all areas of inclusion and diversity within its athletics program, including sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity and religion.

The Generals' You Can Play video is an example of the pride that the students have in their school, their teams and their teammates, along with the love and support that they show each other through whatever challenges they face.

Among the sentiments expressed in the video are:

"Everyone is accepted here for who they are, no matter what they believe in, no matter their sexual orientation, no matter what they look like - we all accept you for who you are and if you can play, you can play." - Jok Asiyo '16, Men's Basketball

"What earns my respect is someone who is not afraid to be themselves, but also not afraid to stand up for others." - Lindsay DeMuth ‘17, Women's Lacrosse

"We love each other regardless of who we are, we are all there for each other all the time and it doesn't make a difference, your sexual orientation, we don't look at that. We see you as a teammate and we love you for who you are." - Tommy Thetford ‘18, Swimming

Washington and Lee supports 24 varsity athletics teams featuring more than 480 student-athletes. The Generals are a member of the NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and they have maintained a tradition of success on the field, having claimed the ODAC's Commissioner's Cup as the top overall athletic program in the conference 18 of the 20 years it has been presented.

"At W&L, the entire campus works to let students know we welcome them and accept them for who they are. That same message is true in athletics," said Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn. "We want student athletes to feel free to be themselves, and know that we accept and respect them for exactly who they are and what they add to our teams."

Founded in 1749, W&L is among the oldest Universities in the United States, and is a school that is rooted in a variety of traditions among them the Honor System and a top-notch athletics program. The Honor System has as its central theme that all students behave honorably in all they do.

To that end, Washington and Lee students embrace and promote inclusion in the student body and especially within the department of athletics, where being part of a team means embracing everyone towards the achievement of one common goal - to be the best you can be. At W&L, if You Can Play, You Can Play!

Engaged Community

Students have access to a world of academic, athletic and extracurricular activities no matter what their major--and a strong support system composed of both students and faculty to help them succeed in whatever they choose to do.

In Action People and Programs

When W&L students and alumni describe what makes Washington and Lee special, they invariably talk about the community. Our beloved Speaking Tradition creates an open, friendly atmosphere on campus, while our commitment to inclusion means that students can get involved on campus from day one. Students have access to a world of academic, athletic and extracurricular activities no matter what their major--and a strong support system composed of both students and faculty to help them succeed in whatever they choose to do.

W&L's commitment to service and sustainability encourages students to become an integral part of the local and global community as well. Before they even arrive on campus, first-year students can participate in Volunteer Venture, a one-week, service-learning, pre-orientation program. Once on campus, students may volunteer with a variety of organizations, including Nabors Service League, the Bonner Scholars Program, the Compost Crew, the Student Environmental Action League and the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee. Themed housing options for upper-division students include the Global Service House and the Sustainability Development House.

Service learning is also an important component of many of our academic programs. Students in the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability combine academic study with co-curricular work and rigorous internships to learn about issues related to poverty. Students with a variety of majors volunteer in the local public schools and participate in service-minded co-curricular programs, including Washington and Lee Student Consulting and the General Development Initiative.

At an institutional level, Washington and Lee is committed to the local community through an ongoing grants program that provides financial assistance to worthwhile projects and organizations.

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At a Glance Facts and Figures

246,339 meals served to food-insecure families and individuals by the Campus Kitchen at W&L to date.
64,079 hours of community service logged by W&L students last year.
W&L has awarded local nonprofit organizations $332,542 through its Community Grants Program since 2008.
13 W&L graduates joined the Teach for America corps in 2014, making the university one of the top 20 small colleges and universities sending graduates into teaching service for the second straight year.
W&L has 472 varsity student athletes, with over 75% of the student body participating in organized sports at the intramural, club or varsity level.
95% of the student body is involved in the nationally renowned quadrennial Mock Convention.

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Ready to learn more? Come visit us in Lexington for a campus tour and class visit, or connect with one of our admissions counselors in a city near you. We look forward to meeting you.

Visit Tours and Interviews

Step One:

Schedule your visit with a campus tour and/or info session online.

Step Two:

Call our office to schedule your interview and/or class visit (for high school seniors only). We will coordinate your interview and class visit with your already scheduled visit. (540) 458-8710.

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There are various ways in which you can still connect with Washington and Lee University and the Office of Admissions:

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  • Early Decision is a binding commitment; enrollment is required if you are accepted.
    • ED-1: Nov. 1
    • ED-2: Jan. 1
  • Regular Decision is for students who want to maximize options.
    • Deadline: Jan. 1
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    • Deadline: Dec. 1
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Financial Aid and Scholarships

We seek to ensure that the cost of attending W&L does not prevent outstanding students from choosing to enroll. A generous need-based aid program and merit-based scholarships can make that investment more manageable than you may think. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

The Johnson Scholarship Program awards over 40 full tuition, room and board scholarships annually. Read More

Admitted students who meet financial aid deadlines and are found to have need will have their full need met with grant funds and a work-study job -- no loans.

The W&L Promise guarantees free tuition to any undergraduate student admitted to Washington and Lee with a family income below $100,000. Learn More

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Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students' capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.