Washington and Lee University

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School Overview

Washington and Lee University (locally referred to as W&L or more commonly Washington and Lee) is a four-year, privately owned and operated, liberal arts school located in the city of Lexington, in the state of Virginia. Although the university offers graduate degree programs in law, it is considered primarily an undergraduate education institution. The university’s 320-acre campus is situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, in the Shenandoah Valley.

Established in 1749 by the Presbyterians, Washington and Lee is the second oldest higher education institutions in state of Virginia and the ninth oldest in continental United States. The school in named after George Washington, one its initial contributors, and Robert E. Lee, one of the college’s first presidents.

Washington and Lee is made up of three academic schools and colleges: the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics; the School of Law; and The College. Undergraduates begin their education in The College, which offers an array of liberal arts, humanities and science courses. The Williams School of Commerce offers degrees in business, politics, accounting/finance, and economics. Students interested in earning a Master of Law or Juris Doctor will attend the School of Law. Through its three academic schools, the university offers over 1,100 courses and 42 undergraduate majors. Fields of study include science, area studies, cultural studies, gender studies, history, math, public policy, social sciences, and psychology, among others.

Total annual enrollment at Washington and Lee University is roughly 2,500, which includes 2,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate (law) students. All classes are taught by instructors/professors, as opposed to graduate students and assistants. The admission rate for entering freshman is about 18 percent and the average SAT and ACT scores are 1,415 and 31, respectively.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Washington and Lee among the top national liberal arts colleges in America. It ranked the School of Law 26th in the nation.

General Information

Admission Office

204 West Washington Street

Lexington, VA 24450-2116

(540) 458-8710

Fax: (540) 458-8062

Contact: William Hartog

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Main Address

204 West Washington Street

Lexington, VA 24450-2116

(540) 458-8400


Total undergrads: 1,752

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 454

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,749

Graduate enrollment: 403


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 17%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 94%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

East Asian Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Chemical Engineering B
Engineering Physics B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
East Asian B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Romance Languages B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Washington and Lee University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (540) 458-8400
Website: www.wlu.edu/
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: wlu.edu/admissions/apply
Address: 204 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450-2116
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,264
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 92%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,264 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $54,830
Out-of-state Tuition: $54,830
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 66%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $47,199

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Washington and Lee University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Washington and Lee University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 37

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Washington and Lee University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $54,830
Out-of-state $54,830
Books and supplies $2,010

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 311 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 292 62% $47,199
Student loan aid 101 21% $6,588

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,113 61% $42,893
Federal student loans 408 22% $5,835

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Washington and Lee University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Washington and Lee University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,178 3,050 3,128
Percent admitted 100% 18% 19%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 8% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Washington and Lee University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,264
Undergraduate enrollment 1,860
Graduate enrollment 404

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Washington and Lee University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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