The University is named in honor of the pivotal roles that George Washington and Robert E. Lee played in its own history — Washington for his gift that saved the institution from financial ruin in the 18th century, and Lee for his innovative educational leadership as president of Washington College from 1865 to 1870.
Our commitment to the values of liberal education is the thread woven through Washington and Lee's arts and sciences curriculum, its pre-professional programs and the School of Law. Despite differences of subject matter and method, the undergraduate and graduate programs of the University share a fundamental purpose: to develop every student's capacity to think freely, critically and humanely. Both inside and outside the classroom, the University seeks to cultivate judgment, love of learning, commitment to justice and honorable character vital for individual achievement and constructive participation in society.
W&L invests heavily in student research, whether independent or in partnership with faculty. Opportunities abound for work in the natural sciences and the humanities, and students are encouraged to take part in the University's semi-annual Science, Society and the Arts research conference.
Washington and Lee's Career Development office complements the educational experience of students by providing the guidance and resources needed to develop and implement their academic and career plans. We provide a supportive environment encouraging individual responsibility, creativity, open-mindedness, and integrity. Our comprehensive services emphasize collaborative relationships with employers, alumni, faculty, peer institutions and the Washington and Lee University community.
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The main campus consists of approximately 50 acres. In addition, W&L has about 40 acres of playing fields, 215 acres of unimproved land, and 17 acres in various sections of Lexington. Newly acquired property adjacent to the main campus includes Belfield (2.5 acres) and Peniel Farm (90 acres).
The University Library and the ITS Help Desk have integrated their services and share the centrally located Information Desk on the main floor of Leyburn Library. From this desk, they deliver many services.
ITS provides a wide variety of tools and resources to support teaching and learning at W&L.
The Student Health Center provides medical evaluation and care of student health concerns, both in an outpatient office setting, and an infirmary setting for round-the-clock care when needed.
The Washington and Lee campus is renowned for its beauty, charm, and historical significance. In 1972, the front campus was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior, only the third college campus in the country to be so designated.
Physical education and athletic facilities include Doremus Gymnasium and the Fitness Center, Jonathan Westervelt Warner Athletic Center, and the Duchossois Outdoor Athletic Complex, including Wilson Field, Cap'n Dick Smith Baseball Field, Richard L. Duchossois Tennis Center, Artificial Turf Field, Alston Parker Watt Field, William C. Washburn Tennis Courts, a championship field for men's and women's soccer and women's lacrosse, and other athletic and recreation facilities, including 14 outdoor tennis courts.
Active student organizations that have been recognized by the Executive Committee for the 2017-18 academic year. Among them are:
Washington and Lee University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Juris Doctor, and Master of Laws.