8 to 1 — that's the ratio of students to professors at Washington and Lee. But the student/teacher relationship is more than a number here. Professors develop personal, invested relationships with their students, becoming faculty advisors, mentors and friends. It's not uncommon for students to have dinner at their professors houses or for end-of-the-semester class trips to Sweet Things, the local ice cream shop. Classes are never taught by graduate students or teaching assistants. Additionally, most classes are taught seminar style — not lecture. So forget the boring college classroom with a professor in front of a chalkboard, and imagine classrooms differently.