Washington And Lee University

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 areas of study. 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.

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Contacting Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington Street
Lexington , VA 24450-2116
General Phone: (540) 458-8400

Washington and Lee University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts180East Asian studies, Russian studies, East Asian languages, German language, Romance languages, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Law146law, foreign lawyers
Business and Management114business management, accounting, accounting and management
Science51biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics
Fine Arts18fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy14philosophy, religion
Therapy and Counseling11psychology
Engineering9chemical engineering, engineering physics
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Family and Social Work0public policy analysis
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Washington and Lee University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44940
Doctor's degree - professional practice1411
Master's degree51

Washington and Lee University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Washington and Lee University had a total enrollment of 2,181 students (2,272 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 37%
20-21 40%
22-24 14%
25-29 7%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%

Washington and Lee University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 95 %

Washington and Lee University Room and Board (2007)

Washington and Lee University offers campus housing for 1,174 of its 2,272 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Washington and Lee University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660740
SAT Math660740
SAT Writing660730
ACT Verbal2833
ACT Math2732
ACT Composite2831

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT61%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Washington and Lee University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,412
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,412
Room and board $ 8,428
Room charge $ 3,498
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,930
Books and supplies $ 1,650
Other expenses $ 1,778

Financial Aid:
Washington and Lee University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 376800)

Washington and Lee University Faculty

Washington and Lee University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2532
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3727

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year64$129,28623$120,911
Associate professoracademic year55$90,16720$86,592
Assistant professoracademic year41$64,56343$64,309
Instructoracademic year2*5$40,219
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year163$98,32491$82,189

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

Washington and Lee University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Basketball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Baseball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Track Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Washington and Lee University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Chemical Engineering
Engineering Physics

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General



Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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