Washington and Lee University: Narrative Description

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Lexington, VA 24450-0303
Tel: (540)458-8400
Admissions: (540)458-8710
Fax: (540)463-8062
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wlu.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1749. Setting: 322-acre small town campus. Endowment: $477.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $19,005 per student. Total enrollment: 2,166. Faculty: 209 (206 full-time, 3 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 3,649 applied, 30% were admitted. 86% from top 10% of their high school class, 99% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 32 National Merit Scholars, 39 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,756 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 4 students, 100% women. Students come from 47 states and territories, 35 other countries, 85% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 0% 25 or older, 61% live on campus, 0.2% transferred in. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; foreign language/literature. Core. Calendar: 4-4-2. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at 6 members of the Seven-College Exchange Program, Bates College, Duke University, Virginia Military Institute. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT, 2 unrelated SAT Subject Tests. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/2 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/22 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $35,860 includes full-time tuition ($27,960), mandatory fees ($675), and college room and board ($7225). College room only: $3425. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 127 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 75% of eligible men and 70% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Outing Club, Student Activities Board, Nabors Service League, Mock Convention, College Republicans. Major annual events: Fancy Dress Ball, Homecoming, Alumni Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,272 college housing spaces available; 1,081 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James G. Leyburn Library plus 4 others with 907,325 books, 1 million microform titles, 8,027 serials, 16,079 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.4 million. 297 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lexington is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Two of the greatest Confederate heroes, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, lived and are buried in Lexington, the "Shrine of the South." Bus transportation is available. Some of the points of interest are the Natural Bridge, Lee Chapel, Home of "Stonewall" Jackson, Virginia Military Institute, and Washington and Lee University. Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the reaper, lived nearby. Lexington is also the home of the Virginia Horse Center.

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