For more than 270 years, and over the past year, especially, the Washington and Lee community has proven resilient. Combined with a curriculum capable of meeting the challenges of the modern world and the resources, leadership, and foresight to see us through troubled times, W&L remains the best value in liberal arts education. Our alumni and parents can attest to the strength of preparation for service, citizenship, and personal success. Our prospective students and their families have selected W&L at an all-time high rate, enrolling as the most diverse and talented first-year class in our history. A W&L education is for life, and we have our loyal supporters to thank for ensuring our success today and for future generations.
New for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, W&L's annual giving program is expanding to allow for directed gifts to key areas of university operations. Directed giving recognizes the personal nature of philanthropy. Every W&L alumnus/a owes a part of their success to their unique experience at this distinctive university. Every parent and friend knows how time in Lexington helped shape the paths of members of their extended family. Now you can give directly to those areas of the university of greatest personal significance. Gifts directed to financial aid, academics, the arts, athletics, diversity and inclusion, and student opportunities allow us to provide unparalleled education and experiences, year after year. Gifts made without direction will continue to support the university's remaining areas of greatest need.