Washington & Jefferson College, commonly referred to as W&J, traces its origins to the Washington Academy that was established in 1781, and The Canonsburg Academy and Library Company which was chartered in 1794. These two institutes were later renamed Washington College and Jefferson College respectively. In 1869, these two colleges were merged to form Washington & Jefferson College. Initially a men's college, W&J started enrolling women in 1970. The campus is located on 60 acres in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Washington & Jefferson College offers a number of majors, minors, and concentrations in various fields of study. Students can also choose from pre-professional and special programs in teacher certification, engineering, pre-law, pre-health, and entrepreneurial studies, among others.
The sports teams of W&J are nicknamed the Presidents. The athletics department fields more than 20 teams in cross country, hockey, baseball, softball, wrestling, volleyball, golf, swimming and diving, water polo, basketball, track and field, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis. The Presidents compete in the NCAA Division III, and the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I.
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