Washington & Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College

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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Washington & Jefferson College
60 S Lincoln St
Washington , PA 15301
General Phone: (724) 503-1001

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Washington & Jefferson College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts108German language, French language, Spanish language, English, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management103business, accounting, international business
Therapy and Counseling51psychology
Science41biology, biochemistry, biophysics, anatomical sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses, physics
Education and Teaching21education, art education
Computer Science and Engineering13information technology
Art Studies6art studies
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts0theater history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Washington & Jefferson College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree35631

Washington & Jefferson College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Washington & Jefferson College had a total enrollment of 1,531 students (1,523 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 90%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 49%
20-21 45%
22-24 4%
25-29 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

West Virginia1%
North Carolina1%
New York1%

Washington & Jefferson College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %

Washington & Jefferson College Room and Board (2007)

Washington & Jefferson College offers campus housing for 1,437 of its 1,523 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Washington, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Washington & Jefferson College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510610
SAT Math530630
ACT Verbal2125
ACT Math2227
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT74%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Washington & Jefferson College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 31,496
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 31,496
Room and board $ 8,488
Room charge $ 4,994
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,670
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 900

Financial Aid:
Washington & Jefferson College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 338900)

Washington & Jefferson College Faculty

Washington & Jefferson College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2011
Non-tenured and not on tenure track29

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$82,7249$75,521
Associate professoracademic year28$64,55716$59,046
Assistant professoracademic year15$52,76411$51,428
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year2*7$34,427
All faculty totalacademic year68$67,37844$56,038

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Washington & Jefferson College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Presidents' Athletic Conference
Basketball Presidents' Athletic Conference
Baseball Presidents' Athletic Conference
Track Presidents' Athletic Conference

Washington & Jefferson College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Option to study abroad
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