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    Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, is deliberately small, residential, and diverse.

    Each year, we welcome about 475 undergraduate students from nearly 50 states and more than 20 countries. They live, work, and play together and are taught and mentored by professors, coaches, and staff who know and care for them personally.

    Our curriculum is both traditional and innovative.

    We complement the humanities and sciences with distinctive areas of study, like those offered within our Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, one of only two accredited business programs among the top 25 liberal arts colleges. We also offer journalism and engineering, plus dedicated centers for the study of ethics, entrepreneurship, and Southern race relations, culture, and politics.

    We trust our students and give them great responsibility. Student self-governance is foundational at Washington and Lee. The Honor System asks all students to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the community’s trust. Our unique Speaking Tradition further enhances the sense of community.

    W&L is an extended family, which our students don’t want to leave and to which our alumni love to return. And which we invite you to explore further.

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    Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (Fly-In)

    The Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE) program provides students from populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education an opportunity to visit our campus in Lexington, VA. During the three-day event, our attendees — lovingly called DIVErs — will stay in the residence halls with a current student, attend classes and talk with professors, eat meals in our dining hall, and explore our student clubs and organizations. DIVErs will also learn how to navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes while experiencing firsthand the opportunities, resources, and support for diverse students on our campus. The application will go live in early June. Register your interest in being notified by completing the Request for Information form on the DIVE website. Events take place on September 22 and 29, 2024

    DATE: September 29, 2024

    Johnson Scholarship Deadline

    The Johnson Scholarship awards merit scholarships to talented first-year students, covering tuition, housing, and meals for all four years of enrollment, ensuring scholars graduate debt-free (valued at over $83,000/year). Scholars also receive summer enhancement funds of up to $10,000 to support internships, community service projects, faculty-supervised research, international experiences, and leadership projects.

    DATE: December 01, 2024

    The W&L Promise

    W&L guarantees to meet 100% of every admitted student's demonstrated financial need without loans. Additionally, any undergraduate student admitted to W&L with a total family income below $150,000 and assets typical for their income will pay $0 in tuition.

    Grant Aid by Income

    Students and families sometimes believe that need-based financial aid won't apply to their financial situation. You may be surprised to know that 96% of families making between $200,000 and $250,000 receive university grant assistance.


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    Washington and Lee University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Lexington, Virginia. There are currently 1,861 undergraduates at Washington and Lee and the school’s acceptance rate is 17%. The tuition at Washington and Lee is $66,800.
    Sticker Price: $91,700
    Net Price: $29,479
    Liberal Arts Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts colleges offer great opportunities for students to decide what they want to study. A Liberal Arts education is typically well-rounded and produces graduates who have a solid understanding of many topics. These schools tend to be smaller than universities.

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    Questbridge Questbridge

    Washington and Lee University is a Questbridge Partner College, which means that Questbridge recipients can use their scholarship funds to attend this school.

    Student Demographics at Washington and Lee University



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