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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University is a nationally ranked, small, private, liberal arts university nestled in the mountains of western Virginia.  As one of the oldest schools in the nation, we believe in the education of the whole person, and value students who are intellectually curious, eager to engage with their communities, inclined to critical thinking and prepared to lead lives of consequence.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Business & Management (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Law (1)



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.


As a W&L student, you can apply for one of hundreds of research stipends to partner with a professor or undertake an independent research project, on-campus or further afield. What begins as a summer job can develop into a long-term collaboration. Author a paper in an academic journal. Co-present with your professor at an international conference. Dive deep and develop the skills that will give you a taste of — and a head-start on — postgraduate life.


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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Housing services

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).

Library services

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.

ICT services

ITS provides a wide variety of tools and resources to support teaching and learning at W&L.

Medical services

Offices in the Student Affairs divisions, such as Student Health and Public Safety, are committed to the total learning experience for students and are trained to deal with a variety of issues. These offices aim to promote positive experiences during a student's journey through college.

Student Life

Campus life

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. 

Sports facilities

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.

Student clubs

Active student organizations that have been recognized by the Executive Committee for the 2017-18 academic year. Among them are:

  • AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists)
  • American Chemical Society
  • Chanoyu Tea Society
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Work in Progress
  • W&L PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)
  • Quiz Bowl


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.

Student Reviews

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A good university with many specialties and there is competition among students to obtain high results and there are doctors and masters at the level from here I thank them

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