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Washington and Lee University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Old Dominion Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $79,425)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $62,630)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 34 - Yes -
Basketball 18 10 - Yes
Equestrian - 16 Yes -
Field Hockey - 25 - -
Football 83 - - -
Golf 13 - - -
Lacrosse 43 29 Yes -
Soccer 33 20 Yes Yes
Swimming 26 27 - -
Tennis 14 18 Yes Yes
Track and Field, Indoor 26 28 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 27 26 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 14 22 Yes -
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Wrestling 13 - - -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Squash - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.6%
Hispanic 2.6%
Non-resident alien 4.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.4%
Two or more races 2.1%
White/non-Hispanic 82.2%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 10

Notable Alumni

  • John Warner (Class of 1949), U.S. senator and Secretary of the Navy
  • Lewis F. Powell Jr. (Class of 1929), Associate justice on the US Supreme Court and president of the American Bar Association
  • Meriwether Clark (Class of 1790), Secretary to Thomas Jefferson, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and Governor of Louisiana Territory
  • Pat Robertson (Class of 1950), Chancellor of Regent University and founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Christian Coalition
  • Roger H. Mudd (Class of 1950), Congressional correspondent (CBS, PBS) and History Channel host
  • Tom Wolfe (Class of 1951), Bestselling author of Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons.
  • David Brown (Class of 2000), Host and senior editor, NPR,s,Marketplace, business news show
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Maryland
  • 4
  • While the dorms are currently below-par, the university is currently doing construction to totally remodel and update all of the freshman dorms. The amount of activities (including alcohol-free) are boundless,…

  • Jun-30-2013 Read More
  • Anonymous
  • 5
  • BRAND NEW DORMS! Clean, very well equipped (laundry room, common room, nice bathrooms), AC year round, and great furniture!…

  • Jan-17-2017 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Female from New Jersey
  • Jan-18-2017 I am a current student here

    At first I was worried our one dining hall would get boring after a while, but there is always a ton of variety and the food is pretty great. In addition to the dining hall, there are on and off campus places to get food.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Jan-17-2017 I am a current student here

    Dhall is good for most of the days. You have different options and theme dinners/lunches for occasions such as Thanksgiving, International day, Halloween, Shakespeare day, etc. You also have Coop (Cafe 77) with great fried food, sandwiches, salads, yogurt and grilled chicken/veggie burgers. Hillel has very good smoothies and bagels, and third year housing changes every semester! The new tea house has really good wraps/to go food too.

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  • 5
  • Maryland
  • Jun-30-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall (dhall) is full of local, healthy food, though the diversity leaves something to be desired. Off campus, there are a variety of great local restaurants with unique dishes and cult followings.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Female from New Jersey
  • Jan-18-2017 I am a current student here

    We have a high percentage of Greek life on campus, but it is not mandatory. You can be an independent and still have a great time here!

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Jan-17-2017 I am a current student here

    Yes, it exists and yes, it plays a role on campus. That being said, it is not only decreasing, but also inclusive. If you want to join a sorority or fraternity you're welcome to and you'll notice that some are more into greek life than others, but if you feel like going independent, you will find your people too. It's just a matter of looking for what works for you.

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  • 0
  • Maryland
  • Jun-30-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge at Washington and Lee. Almost every student is involved, which can sound daunting. It may be helpful to know that greek life is not as exclusive as at other schools, and you'll find that there really is an organization for everyone. Many of the students involved aren't typically greek (i.e. snobby, rich) and find that the system allows great opportunities for community service as well as great housing.

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  • 0
  • Ashley from San Clemente, CA
  • Apr-25-2013 I am a current student here

    HUGE. HUGE. DARN. HUGE. LIKE SUPER HUGE. But not a necessity! For the ladies, if you aren't super sratty, there's a sorority for that. If you still want to stay independent, like I did, it is still possible and enjoyable. The Indie community is just as strong, despite the small numbers.

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  • 0
  • Samantha from Independence, MO
  • Nov-10-2012 I am a current student here

    SO MUCH GREEK LIFE. Seriously, if you're into that sort of thing, this is the place for you. Also if you're rich, white, and from the South.

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