First-Year Leadership Council



First-year students share a common bond upon entering Washington and Lee. Most of them are familiar with the University, but there is much to learn and acquire over the course of the first year. They join in understanding the value of the intellectual quest, the use of reason, and a respect for values. They also aim to gather friendships and learn about life both in and beyond the classroom.

The primary mission of the First-Year Leadership Council (FYLC) is to warmly engage new students and create a common environment for fun, growth, learning, and transformation at W&L and in Lexington. The Council aims to provide social programming throughout the academic year. FYLC members will also participate in leadership training and seminars, and hear from campus student leaders about how to get involved and engaged in campus-wide leadership.


To provide the First-Year students of Washington and Lee with school and community activities that lead to an organized, united, and active First-Year class.


The First-Year Leadership Council will assist new students residing on campus by creating social opportunities to meet others, interact, and have fun! The Council will also act as a voice for new students who may have ideas for social and educational events, as well as concerns about issues associated with residence hall or extracurricular life at the University.