In Action People and Programs
W&L's motto, "not unmindful of the future," underlies the University's commitment to providing a liberal arts education that is vital and relevant in the 21st century. By combining the benefits of a liberal arts foundation with emerging technologies and interdisciplinary perspectives, our students head into life after college equipped with the habits of mind, strength of character and essential knowledge needed to pursue lives of consequence.
For over 250 years, Washington and Lee graduates have been making landmark contributions to the world. Its alumni are leaders in business, journalism, medicine and many other fields. The number who have held top posts in government--27 U.S. senators, 67 U.S. representatives, 31 state governors and four Supreme Court justices--is testament to the University's commitment to fostering the ideals of visionary leadership.
And our graduates maintain a lifelong connection to the University. Through W&L's strong alumni network, composed of over 25,000 graduates in 81 chapters worldwide, current students experience the benefits of this tight-knit community in the form of financial support, meaningful internships and career mentors.
As President Kenneth P. Ruscio stated in his 2009 convocation address, "What has distinguished us, I firmly believe, is not a rhetorical commitment to character, but a deeply effective history of students becoming aware of their responsibilities to others, and later leading lives of service that bring distinction to themselves and to this University."
At a Glance Facts and Figures
Visit, Interview, Apply See Yourself Here
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
Schedule your visit with a campus tour and/or info session online.
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.
There are various ways in which you can still connect with Washington and Lee University and the Office of Admissions:
Apply Quick Guide
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
Johnson Scholarship (additional essay required, instructions on the W&L Writing Supplement to the Common Application.)
- Deadline: Dec. 1
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