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Washington and Lee University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 6 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

48% Women
52% 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 35 - 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
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

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 Chavis (Class of 1795), missionary, preacher, and possibly the first black graduate of any American college
  • Sascha Burns (Class of '93), political strategist, commentator
  • Terry Brooks (Class of '69L), fantasy fiction author
  • Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein (Class of '62), Nobel Prize winner, medicine
  • Bill Johnson (Class of '61), former New York Stock Exchange president
  • Cy Twombly (Class of '53), artist
  • Linda Klein (Class of '83L), American Bar Association president
  • David Low (Class of '78), astronaut
  • Lewis Powell Jr. (Class of '29, '31L), Supreme Court justice
  • John Warner Jr. (Class of '49), retired U.S. Senator, former Navy secretary
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
  • Jonathan from Oak Park, CA
  • 4
  • The freshman dorms are all very nice and newly renovated, and the new junior year village is beautiful. Only place that really stands out as old and desperately needs…

  • Mar-10-2017 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Jared from Jackson, WI
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    The main cafeteria is hit or miss when it comes to lunch and dinner, but I have found breakfast to be consistently good. Other food options on campus are generally good, and food in town is fabulous. Freshman meal plans provide for more than you will ever need.

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  • 4
  • Female from South Carolina
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    W&L has one main dining hall. There are many delicious options; a make your own panini/sandwich bar, pizza/pasta bar, salad bar, and multiple gluten free, dairy free and vegan options. There are also four smaller food stops that students can use their food flex at, including a delicious bagel and smoothie restaurant.

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  • 4
  • Jonathan from Oak Park, CA
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    Standard dining hall is decent enough, but the cafe 77 and the Hillel dining in the morning are good alternatives. New seasonally themed dining at the third year village is great too.

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  • 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
  • Jared from Jackson, WI
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    Not your stereotypical big-school rowdy party boys and girls (well, the partying part does happen). Greek Life is an incredible way to join a whole new family on campus, and have a group of people you can always rely on. The fraternity and sorority houses are huge and gorgeous, with lots of space for social events and privacy, and there are also plenty of off-campus housing opportunities for seniors.

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  • 0
  • Female from South Carolina
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    Greek life is very prominent on W&L's campus. Around 85% of students participate and are affiliated with a fraternity/sorority. The Greek system is very diverse and inclusive here, not at all like a state school.

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  • 0
  • Jonathan from Oak Park, CA
  • Mar-10-2017 I am a current student here

    Dominates the social scene. something like 85% Greek membership, so its the best way to be social. Can't speak much on the other options for non affiliated students, but I know the school provides several alcohol free options.

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  • 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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