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Study at Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University, also known as W&L, was established in 1749, and is a private college of liberal arts and is located in Lexington, Virginia. The campus of the University is spread across an area of more than 320 acres. The institution offers over 1, 100 undergraduate courses. W&L provides major degrees in more than 40 Course Topics. Opportunities of studying abroad through several international internships are also offered. The university is divided into the following academic divisions:
  • The College
  • The School of Law
  • The Ernest Williams II School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics
W&L's athletics department fields more than 20 men's and women's sports teams. They compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. They are nicknamed as the Generals. They participate in sports including basketball, baseball, field hockey, golf, and cross country.

Profile of Washington and Lee UniversityThe campus of Washington and Lee University is in Lexington, VA, which is a town not particularly near any major cities. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at Washington and Lee University include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in mathematics, law, and liberal arts.

Washington and Lee University Selectivity

Admission at Washington and Lee University is selective, not open to all who apply. Getting into the school is challenging; it only admitted 27% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 660. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 650 and 720. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.

Washington and Lee University maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Washington and Lee University is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 2, 181 students enrolled (2, 179 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Full-time students are the norm at Washington and Lee University. The school has a residential or campus feel. Washington and Lee University offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Washington and Lee University values student athletics, and belongs to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Washington and Lee University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts161history, economics, political science, English, Classical languages, sociology, Spanish language, East Asian studies, . . .
Law129law, foreign lawyers
Business and Management105business management, accounting and management, accounting
Science47biology, biochemistry, geology, physics, chemistry, geological and earth sciences
Therapy and Counselling25psychology
Engineering12engineering physics, chemical engineering
Fine Arts11art history and criticism, fine arts
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Family and Social Work1public policy analysis
Contact: Washington and Lee UniversityWashington and Lee University

204 West Washington Street

Lexington, VA 24450-2116

General Phone: (540) 458-8400


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