Incredible opportunity for those with incredible potential.

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, 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. 

Why W&L?

You will be encouraged to dive in, explore, and discover connections that will broaden your perspective, enrich your education, and lend depth to your experience.
Spring Term

Spring Term

At W&L, the year is divided into two 12-week terms in the fall and winter followed by a four-week Spring Term.

These courses are designed to be transformative learning experiences with a goal for students to exclaim after taking a spring term course, "this course changed my life."

Spring Term courses are hands-on. Interdisciplinary. Intense. And anything but traditional. 

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Mock Convention

Mock Convention

Since 1908, the students of Washington and Lee University have come together to create one of the most ambitious, non-partisan student political research projects in the country, the W&L Mock Convention.

Every four years, Mock Convention simulates the presidential nominating convention with the goal of predicting who the party out of power will nominate to run for President of the United States in the upcoming election.

Mock Convention encompasses 98% of the entire campus and includes faculty, staff and law students. Mock Con serves as the intersection of the W&L community, enabling students and alumni from all backgrounds and disciplines to unite while predicting the nominee.

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The Outing Club

The Outing Club

W&L was recently named one of the 10 best colleges for people who love the outdoors by Money magazine.

The Outing Club is the most popular club on campus. Students lead many activities, including backpacking, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, skiing, and outdoor cooking. 

Incoming first-year students can choose to hike the nearby Appalachian Trail during a pre-orientation trip — for many, the introduction to four years of adventure.

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The Honor System

The Honor System

Among the many features that distinguish W&L, the Honor System has the most consequential and enduring impact on the W&L community. 

The Honor System at W&L is entirely student-run. It is based on the fundamental principle that students will not lie, cheat, steal or otherwise violate the community’s trust. The result is an environment that is collaborative, not cutthroat, and where rational discourse is the norm rather than the exception.

This type of honor stays with you long after graduation, fostering a sense of personal integrity that will continue to guide your actions and distinguish you as a graduate of W&L.

Our Pledge

At the
Heart of

We have a long tradition of educating smart, ambitious students who have the ability and the desire to make a difference in the world.
Liberal Arts
An 8:1 student to faculty ratio ensures personal attention.
Residential Life
We are a diverse group of people bound by mutual values.
Alumni in Action
Julianna Keeling ’19 applied her passion for the environment to build a company focused on biodegradable consumer products.
Lex Vegas
Lexington is frequently listed as a best small town.

the Columns

News, views, stories, events and more from around the W&L community.


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Making W&L Affordable

Within Reach
We want a W&L education to be available to all applicants. W&L typically awards more than $49 million in financial aid each year, covering 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need through grants and scholarships.

Clubs & Organizations

With 100+ clubs and organizations on campus, there's something for everyone.
  • Students working in Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee pack backpack lunches for local schools.

  • The Student Association for International Learning's (SAIL) Holi celebration on campus

  • Several groups on campus care about sustainability efforts.

  • The annual Activities Fair is the best way to learn about all the clubs and organizations on campus.

  • An Outing Club rock-climbing trip in nearby Goshen

  • Alpha Phi Alpha's Ice-Cold Strolling Exhibition