Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450-2116


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system 4-1-4
Total enrollment 2,160
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 8:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,485 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Washington and Lee University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 5,101 applications and only 1,203 students were granted admission. Washington and Lee University is at the #22 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 63% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 37% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1320 to 1460
ACT30 to 33

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Washington and Lee University's tuition was $47,280 for all students regardless of residency (76.5% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 60% of Washington and Lee University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 6% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,038 (which is 8.2% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Washington and Lee University in 2016-2017, was 104, which is 23% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,132 (which is 12.9% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Washington and Lee University has enrolled a total of 2,160 students (2,154 students full-time and 6 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,160 students, 8 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 52% men and 48% women and 1,830 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 330 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 81%

Hispanic: 4%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Two or more races: 3%

Asian: 3%

Black/African American: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Washington and Lee University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Legal Professions And Studies 38% 279
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 10% 76
Social Sciences 9% 64
History 4% 30
Mathematics And Statistics 4% 30
Philosophy And Religious Studies 3% 22
Visual And Performing Arts 2% 18
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 1% 10
English Language And Literature/letters 1% 8
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 1% 8

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Washington and Lee University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Washington and Lee University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $12,800. Last year, out of the total 194 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 149 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 221 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 179 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $12,800 $15,700
Employment Rate 77% 81%
Total Graduates 194 221

Campus Location

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