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Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee is a private university. Founded as a men's academy in 1749, it adopted coeducation in 1985. It has a student-run honor system and offers a tight-knit, friendly campus. All classes are taught by professors, and the academic environment is challenging but not overly competitive or uncomfortable. Its 300-acre main campus is located in Lexington, approximately 50 miles north of Roanoke and Lynchburg.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,830
   Women 885 (48.4%)
   Men 945 (51.6%)
Graduate Students 330
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 24% of 5,101 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 690 average
660-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 690 average
660-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 32 average
30-33 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $63,500
  Tuition and Fees $48,267
  Room and Board $11,380
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $46,056
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Not reported
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 249
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 53% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
Lexington Population 6,998
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 51% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Generals
Sororities 75% of women participate
Fraternities 73% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.4% Asian
2.0% Black/African-American
3.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
86.4% White
1.0% Unknown
International Students 3.9% from 30 countries
First-Year Students Returning 95.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 87.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 69%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 23.0%