Washington and Lee University’s historic campus in Lexington, Virginia is three hours from Washington, D.C. and nestled between two mountain ranges in the Shenandoah Valley. 

W&L is the only top-ranked liberal arts school with a nationally accredited school of business and nationally accredited journalism program. Offering over 1,200 courses, students enjoy a small average class size of just 15 students.

W&L’s 1,800 undergraduates hail from 49 states and 50 countries. Our four-week Spring Term allows students to explore a variety of options with on-campus, international, research and internship programs. Additionally, W&L’s student-run Honor System is a hallmark of campus life.

Basic details

  • Region: South
  • Location: Lexington, Virginia
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 18%
  • Average ACT range: 30-33
  • Average SAT range: 1980-2220
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Archaeology; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geology; History; Humanities; Journalism; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Museum Studies; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Sociology; Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors availablehttp://www.wlu.edu/academics/departments-and-programs


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid; Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $62,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball; Men's Wrestling

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