In Action People and Programs
Washington and Lee occupies a special position among its peer institutions, offering not just an exceptional liberal arts education but also one especially appropriate for this day and age. Strong international and interdisciplinary programs address some of our most challenging contemporary questions, while our professional programs in law, business, journalism and entrepreneurship shape campus conversations in ways that do not occur in other liberal arts colleges. These professional programs benefit because they exist in a liberal arts setting, and our liberal arts programs benefit because they exist alongside areas of inquiry attuned to the problems facing our society.
Our commitment to innovation extends beyond our academic programs to our academic calendar, which features two 12-week terms and one 4-week Spring Term. This short semester at the end of the year allows students to focus their energies on one discipline and, often, to study abroad. With small class sizes, students in these Spring Term classes often work in the field, studying everything from plants to salamanders to stars. Students craving an artistic opportunity can make and produce music videos or learn the finer points of poetry. And these are only a few of the courses.
Co-curricular programs like the Rockbridge Report, the AdLib Conference, the Entrepreneurship Summit and the Williams Investment Society emphasize the link between the professional world and the liberal arts, effectively demonstrating the myriad ways students can use their liberal arts education after graduation. Facilities like the new IQ Center and the Center for Global Learning offer state-of-the-art technology that allows undergraduates to interact with professors-and the world-in new and exciting ways.
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 $75,000. Learn More