Arrival FAQ

What is the SCHEDULE for ORIENTATION WEEK?

When will I get my W&L STUDENT ID?

When are the RESIDENCE HALLS OPEN?

Is there SHUTTLE SERVICE available to and from local airports/train stations?

Can I MOVE my belongings into my room BEFORE OFFICIAL MOVE-IN DAY?

Can I have a car on campus?

Where are First-Year students permitted to park?

How do I send a PACKAGE over the summer to meet me at school WHEN I ARRIVE?

Where is LEXINGTON, and how do I get there?

Under what circumstances may I MOVE IN EARLY?

My student wants to go on a LEADING EDGE TRIP, but we can't come to campus twice for MOVE-IN.  What do you recommend?

Are PARENTS required to remain on campus after I move-in?

 

What is the schedule for Orientation Week?

    Click here for the Orientation Week Schedule

When will I get my W&L student ID?

First-Year students will take a picture for and receive a University (swipe) card at formal check-in and matriculation on the official move-in day (Saturday). Students who are approved to come to arrive early for athletic practices will receive temporary blank University cards to be able to access campus facilities. Fall athletes will be notified by their coach when their official University cards will be issued.

When are the Residence Halls open?

See Important Dates.

Is there shuttle service available to and from local airports/train stations?

There are shuttle services available for hire to and from area airports include Roanoke (ROA), Charlottesville (CHO), Richmond (RIC) and Dulles (IAD), the nearest train station in Staunton, and other locations, including local events. Please contact the service of your choice several days in advance to schedule pickup. Students also regularly use the RideShare board through W&L Sakai website to catch a ride with a fellow student headed to the same area. (You must have network access, sent in July, to visit this site). For more information visit our Transportation Services page.

Can I move my belongings into my room before official move-in-day?

No. If you're worried about the time it will take to move all of your belongings into your room, don't worry! The First-Year Orientation Committee, Residential Life staff, and other student volunteers all come to help out with first-year move-in. On average, it takes a team of students just 7 minutes to unload a car!

Can I have a car on campus?

First-Year students may have a car on campus, but it is discouraged.

Where are First-Year students permitted to park?

Refer the Parking and Vehicle Registration webpage for all of your questions related to parking.

How do I send a package over the summer to meet me at school when I arrive?

Mail Services will begin accepting packages for students over the summer beginning August 15th.  Mail Services will accept packages shipped through FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.  To make sure that you receive your package, follow these guidelines:

• Your package must weigh less than 50 pounds.
• Your package must be able to be carried by one person.
• Your package must be clearly labeled on all sides like this:

Student Name 'Class Year
Residence Hall and Room Number
Washington and Lee University
204 W. Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450-2116

Mail shipped via the United States Postal Service (lettered mail, magazines, newspapers, etc.) will not be delivered to Mail Services and must be received through a PO Box which may be reserved at the Lexington Post Office or via the USPS website. Specific questions regarding package delivery should be directed to Mail Services:  cadkins@wlu.edu or 540-458-8573.

Where is Lexington, and how do I get there?

Lexington is a charming community of approximately 15,000 located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Directions to campus and the Admissions Office can be found on the directions page. More information on Lexington may be found on the Lexington Visitor's Center website.

May I move in early?

First-Year students are NOT permitted to move-in before the approved/scheduled move-in dates. Please contact Dean Rodocker with specific questions or concerns. Residence Halls remain locked through move-in and room keys will only be distributed on approved move-in days. Additionally, First-Year residence halls require swipe access for entrance.  Swipe cards are issued on official move-in days.

My student wants to go on a Leading Edge trip but we can't come to campus twice for move-in. What do you recommend?

See Parents Orientation.

Are parents required to remain on campus after I move-in?

Parents do not have to stay overnight on campus after move-in day. There is an optional information session, but parents are not required to remain on campus for any period of time.