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. 

In a world transformed by science and technology, globalization and new economic, political and cultural realities, the solutions to problems require moral insight as well as analytical and technical skills. Washington and Lee University prepares its 1,850 students to meet this daunting set of challenges through programs that educate and nurture strong leaders, visionary thinkers, compassionate citizens and ethical decision makers.  W&L provides over 67 different academic programs, though also is the only top-ranked liberal arts school with a nationally accredited school of business and nationally accredited journalism program.  Moreover, students can also choose to study innovative interdisciplinary programs regardless of chosen field of study such as The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, the Mudd Center for Public and Professional Ethics, or the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship.

Our liberal arts educational approach focuses on small average class sizes of just 15 students though offering over 1,200 courses annually and is backed by our timeless values of civility and integrity, and enhanced by our commitment to honor the quintessential Washington and Lee tradition: educating students for lives of consequence, motivated by a desire to serve others.

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: 31-33
  • Average SAT range: 1350-1440
  • 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): $66,000


  • 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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