The Leading Edge Pre-Orientation Program

Congratulations on your decision to attend Washington and Lee University! As you prepare to journey to Lexington this fall you should consider The Leading Edge as an exciting beginning to your college experience. From rock climbing to working on a Habitat for Humanity home, students who participate in The Leading Edge programs recall the week as one of their best college memories. Choose one of three program tracks: Volunteer Venture, Appalachian Adventure or Sustainability Leadership.  Both will prepare you for an amazing experience as a first-year student at Washington and Lee.

The Leading Edge Pre-Orientation Program takes place the week before regular First-Year student orientation begins. The programs are small and inviting, a testament to the atmosphere of W&L. The Leading Edge provides incoming First-Year students with the opportunity to begin their college career with friends, a sense of community, sharpened teamwork skills, and a memorable, meaningful, and challenging experience. The College Board recommends pre-orientation programs as a “great way for new students to get acclimated to their new environment and meet others with shared interests” in low pressure settings. Leading Edge programs engage incoming First-Years from the start of their undergraduate experience, emphasizing the social and community aspects of college life.

Begin your college journey with The Leading Edge!

The Leading Edge 2017 begins Sunday, August 27, 2017, and concludes Friday, September 1, 2017. Participants will move into their residence halls on Sunday, August 27, 2017, and will go through formal check-in with the rest of the class on Saturday, September 2, 2017. 

Registration for The Leading Edge trips will open on June 5th at 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the Student GHQ and run through June 9th at 4 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time.  Please put these dates on your calendar and register early as the trips fill quickly.


Appalachian Adventure

Appalachian Adventure pre-orientation trips give students the opportunity to challenge themselves and meet fellow First-Years and upperclassmen, all while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Volunteer Venture

Volunteer Venture is a one week service-learning pre-orientation program for incoming students. The program introduces students to the contributing factors of poverty in cities surrounding W&L.

Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Leadership is a week long program created to introduce new students to sustainability issues in and around the W&L community.

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