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I came to W&L because it was a small, prestigious private school not too close to any major cities. I enjoy the close relati...
I came to W&L because it was a small, prestigious private school not too close to any major cities. I enjoy the close relationships I have with my professors, who all know me by name and are incredibly friendly and approachable. Additionally, the honor system allows flexibility in exam scheduling and ensure that I feel safe and that my belongings are undisturbed on campus, which I appreciate. One unusual aspect of W&L is the spring term (currently six weeks, soon to be four weeks) during which students take 1-2 classes, study abroad or leave school early to take part in internships and summer jobs. This particular aspect of the school is a pleasant experience in that the classes, while intense and demanding as per school standards, are scheduled with a great deal of freetime to enjoy one's social life. The opportunities to study abroad during this time (an opportunity I am currently taking advantage of) are extensive. Furthermore, spring term typically lasts beyond the end date of most other schools, but with our options, we may in fact enter the area of summer jobs along side our fellow college students.
Although diversity is in the student body and endorsed on campus, an average visitor might gain an impression of homogenity among the students. Financial backgrounds tend to be upper middle class and above, but I've never witnessed or experienced any kind of bigotry. I believe that despite the similarities, tolerance isn't just a watchword. On other campuses, those touted as liberal and all tolerant, I've observed a disdain for those who label themselves conservative. At W&L, I believe that all are tolerant and tolerated. Any remarks about political affiliations (especially conseravatives towards the liberal) are often made, and taken, in jest. The small student body allows for closeness and acceptance based on personality, not political views, sexual orientation, religious leanings or socio-economic standing.
The stereotypes are somewhat accurate, but perhaps exaggerated. Except for the southern part -- That's not really accurate.
Although I could state so above, I am also a Classics major, in addition to the Physics major. My professors in both fields of study are friendly, approachable, yet also demanding of our work, setting standards achieveable, but challenging -- as I have come to expect from all fields in which I have studied at this school. Even during classes which I did not enjoy because of the subject, I still appreciated my professors' dedication and enthusiasm for their teaching matter. In addition to studying physics and classics, I work for the physics department, which allows me to spend time with the professors in a more relaxed environment. They are incredibly personable, and while outside the classroom far more casual, they still maintain professionalism in the classroom. The academic requirements are wide-ranged, forcing students to study matters that might be outside their major focus. These requirements caused me to take an ancient philosophy class, which contributed towards my decision to add classics to my major declaration. The general education requirements gear the school towards learning for its own sake, but not exclusively and certainly not extremely. The career center is an influential presence on campus.
The activities and social life at W&L are, in one word, vibrant. Opportunities abound for greek and non-greek, drinkers and non-drinkers, those who enjoy the parties and those who prefer movie nights. Because of the prevalence of the greek system, most consider the greek life to be the social life. However, as an independent and one who does not typically party, I have rarely found myself unoccupied on the weekends. Activities range from movie nights to game nights to camping to hiking trips. Impromptu gatherings my freshman year were common place, given the security we felt in leaving our doors open and the closeness one developed among one's hallmates. Studying demands considerable time, yet the informal motto of the student body is "Work hard. Play hard." This phrase, I believe, embodies the social life of most students. Parties are commonplace, yet rarely get out of hand given the dedication to academics. Dating is usually casual (random party hook-ups are prevalent). Traditions, especially certain themed parties, are embraced -- not surprising at a school named after two such historically important generals.
Extremely preppy, hard-core partiers, very conservative and southern
Work hard, play hard
I love the small classes and getting individual attention from teachers; they really care about us. If you like knowing every...
I love the small classes and getting individual attention from teachers; they really care about us. If you like knowing everyone and knowing everyone who walks by you then you would like W&L. Everyone at W&L is really nice and we always say hi to each other even if we dont know each other.
The best thing about W&L are the class sizes, the professors, the beautiful campus, and the quality of people on the campus. One thing I would change about W&L isn't really about W&L it's the city in which W&L is. There is nothing to do besides study, work out, and drink...heavily. I think W&L is a great size. If you want to know everyone and like seeing the same people, you will love W&L, if not, then W&L isn't for you. I spend most of my time either in my room, class, the gym, or the library; I also spend a lot of time in the dining hall. There is a ton of school pride, but not in a sports way; we are all so proud of what our school stands for (honor, intergrity, prestige), but we do not support sports as much as I wish we did. W&L is unusual because we are all very friendly and smile at everyone we pass, regardless if you know the person or not.
We are rich and smart, mostly, but we are not really snobby. I've found that at private schools and colleges people are generally more secure with their wealth, so they don't flaunt it.
All my professors know my name and they believe me when I give them an excuse for being late/ not there/ turning something in late. We take the honor code very seriously, so they can trust us to tell them the truth.
That we are rich, snobby, and smart.
Students get very dressed up for call; everyone looks good mostly all the time. Someone who doesn't dress preppy and wear the right things would probably feel out of place; everyone dresses pretty much the same.
I believe the stereotypes about W&L students apply to mostly everyone, although there are the people who don't follow the norm.
We all study like crazy people. I never anticipated having to put in this much work. At the beginning of the year they kept telling us to be ready for not making all A's, but I didn't think I'd ever make a C like I did first term. My intelligence has increased so much since coming to W&L; the intelligence of students here is amazing. Students here are extremely competitive.
The most popular groups on campus are Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Delt, Kappa Alpha, Phi Kap and Sigma Chi; those are the sororities or fraternities you want to be in. I am involved in Kappa Delta and it has been one the greatest experiences; if you go to W&L you have to be in the greek system. There is nothing to do on the weekend besides drink; that's what everyone does.
There are stereotypes that we are rich, smart, really driven academically, and preppy. Each fraternity or sorority have their own stereotypes also. Mostly everyone here is a type A personality; everyone does everything to an extreme at W&L.
W&L is obviously a small school, but I actually think I have more friends than I would at a state school, not less. The clas...
W&L is obviously a small school, but I actually think I have more friends than I would at a state school, not less. The class size also encourages participation and student-professor friendships. All of my professors know my name and most ask me about lacrosse as well. I spend most of time balancing school, lacrosse, and going out. W&L is very social, but drinking is not a requirement for having fun, going out, or socializing like many think it is. Washington and Lee is in the college town of Lexington, VA in the Shenandoah Valley, and it is absolutely beautiful here. I lived on a river last year, which was just a five minute or less drive from campus.
W&L is a pretty homogeneous environment, but we are becoming more diverse. Almost everyone is in a fraternity or sorority, and most students have other extra curricular activities as well. Students are generally politically aware, smart, and good on their feet. Most students are social, good conversationalists, and not awkward. People wear all sorts of things to class. I would not feel out of place in a casual dress or sweatpants. Generally, students come from affluent families and are serious about their futures. I would say most lean right politically, but there are plenty who lean left too. The student body is not as uptight as its reputation would suggest. Students enjoy dressing up, going out, and taking themselves, their studies, and their reputations seriously, but they also love to have a good time and hang out.
Like all steretypes, to a certain extent, but probably not the extent of our reputation.
Students do study a lot, and W&L is a hard school; we do not just party all the time. Most of the students that go here are smart, so work ethic ultimately separates A students from B students. There are the geniuses that never have to work, but the majority of students work hard and fairly often. Some majors are harder than others and all majors very in the type of work required, so choose wisely something you will enjoy and also plays to your strengths as a student.
Most students are in a Greek organization, and many have other involvements as well. A lot of students are athletes, some even two or more sport athletes, and football games and men's lacrosse games typically get a lot of support. Most freshman leave their dorm rooms unlocked because of the honor code, and things are rarely (if ever) stolen. There are a lot of guest speakers, and people go to the ones they are interested in or if they are required to for class, but guest speakers aren't a huge thing. I met my closest friends during fall term of freshman year mainly hanging out in the dorms before going out or sometimes out at night. The dating scene tends to oscillate between two extremes. Most people who date stay together for long periods of time and don't often date other people after they break up. Because of this, some people feel like everyone dates. On the other hand, there are PLENTY of single people as well, and just as many people say "no one dates" as "everyone dates." Washington and Lee is a very traditional school, so a lot of the same parties happen on the same nights each year, and there are a fair amount of date functions like homecoming, Christmas weekend, and Fancy Dress (essentially prom for college kids). Because of the size of the school alumni networking is easy and effective as far as the job search goes.
preppy, snobby, judgmental, shallow, smart, hard workers, like to party
best thing: opportunity worst thing: red-neck central
best thing: opportunity worst thing: red-neck central
segregated, unless people are drunk.
prep. white. in the middle of nowhere. conservative.
Just the right size-personal relationships between professors and students (known by name, often get cell phone numbers for e...
Just the right size-personal relationships between professors and students (known by name, often get cell phone numbers for emergencies); small classes; get to know a lot of students-don't stick with one small group. beautiful campus, but small town. no starbucks! lots of student-athletes, but not a large fan base. more people got to lacrosse games then football big social scene
students wear a wide range of clothing to class...you will see anything from pjs to lily. with mock convention and an active college republicans and college democrats-students are politically active. the campus leans to the right.
to a certain extent
difficult and challenging. lots of opportunities-to study abroad, independent studies, etc. general requirements include classes in many different areas-literature, science, math, art, etc. quite extensive, but are changing and becoming easier. students are competitive but fair spring term allows students to take interesting, focused courses for six weeks.
an overwhelming majority of students are involved with activities at school-whether it is sports, student government, greek life, or various clubs. dorm rooms are often left unlocked, and students leave laptops, purses, etc unattended on campus. athletic events are not well attended. very interesting guest speakers- jesse ventura, bill nye, marvin hamlish very active social scene. big parties usually 3 or 4 times a week, but always something going on. parties are usually at the frat houses or off campus houses, not a big bar scene.
The best thing about Washington and Lee is the people. Everyone works hard, but is still very sociable. There isn't much comp...
The best thing about Washington and Lee is the people. Everyone works hard, but is still very sociable. There isn't much competition for grades since everyone realizes others are smart. The size is just right, class sizes allow the professors to get to know the students and vice versa. It's great to know so many faces while walking to your classes. I spend most of my time on campus in the dorms or in the commons. There is a lot of school pride here, everyone agrees that they go to the best college in the country. However, this isn't really shown in athletics until a team goes far into the tournament.
The work hard - play hard stereotype is true. With the greek system, there is always a party going on. However, everyone still gets their work done before class time. However, the lack of diversity stereotype is false. Many students are international, many are on financial aid, and there's something different about everyone.
A major stereotype of Washington and Lee is that students have the work hard - play hard mentality. Another is that everyone is the exact same and that there is no diversity on campus.
Small liberal arts school with extremely demanding academic and social lives. Little to no grade inflation and offers a bette...
Small liberal arts school with extremely demanding academic and social lives. Little to no grade inflation and offers a better education than most comperable schools, but can be a lot of pressure at times. The administration is fucking terrible.
The administration and the police are the worst things about the school barrin the occasional racist asshole.
For the most part.
Great class size, lots of work, helpful professors, amazing opportunities to learn in any liberal arts field. Not the best school for engeneers or those seeking hands on skills.
Preppy, wealthy, white, intelligent, good looking, stuck up
It can have a high school mentality. Show up at any party and you will find people you know there. If you don't know someone,...
It can have a high school mentality. Show up at any party and you will find people you know there. If you don't know someone, ask around and you will quickly find out everything you need to know. (Basic facts include name and fraternity/sorority, plus any relevant gossip.) All the students are very smart and savvy though. You will rarely find a complete ditz, though there is the occasional husband seeker. Expect to stretch your mind during the day and blitz it away on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
It can be very homogenized, though many students come here for that reason. The school is trying to diversify, but its efforts have largely failed because the diverse groups tend to hang out with each other. There are a few gay men, who are treated with respect, though many more exist without coming out until after graduation. There are really no lesbians around. Gothic students/punk students are seen very rarely. There are more than average extremely wealthy students, but just as many students who come from humble backgrounds. Expect to spend a lot on cocktail dresses and designer clothes for women, and sports coats and ties for men. Buy a tuxedo your freshman year; it will save you money in the long run. Though students are very smart, they largely don't do protests. There are several socially aware organization on campus, but large scale movements don't happen here.
To some extent. But there really is a place for almost every one, unless you are very alternative. Students who come here with a punk/west coast lean find themselves migrating to a more conservative look. Students don't compromise work for play, or play for work, they just don't sleep. If you don't get carried away by the party scene, you will graduate with a coveted agree and wicked cocktail party and networking skills.
The classes are so small that professors get to know you and love you. They are always free for a chat, and take pride in helping you succeed. Many professors come here because they love the energy of interacting meaningfully with students, instead of focusing on research. Students work very hard, but are not really competitive. A 'live and let live' mentality reigns as far as school work goes, because curves don't come into the conversation very often. There are many classes that one can take just because they are interesting (the literature classes, spring term courses, quirky things like Japanese literature where you learn how to pour tea, and psychoactive drugs) and many practical courses, especially in the school of commerce, that are geared toward getting a job.
The honor system does a great job. Expect to leave your purse by the keg and come back and find it there three hours later. Leave your dorm rooms open. Athletic events are sparsely attended. Students arrive in sundresses and seersucker for football games and ditch during halftime for the sorority receptions. Expect to make friends, then have your social life completely rearranged once rush is over at the beginning of winter term. Although the school would like to make you think non-drinkers are welcome, there is really not much else to do on the weekends except make the rounds in town and in the country and fraternity parties. You WILL get very drunk very often your freshman year, before it tapers off as you become a junior and senior. Formal date functions happen almost once a month; and they are an awesome time.
It's a country club that attracts not only bright students but very very rich people. Very homogenized, not great for alternative lifestyles. Work had and play hard.
This university truly is "a place like no other." It is a "hidden ivy" for certain. Situated in the beautiful Virginia countr...
This university truly is "a place like no other." It is a "hidden ivy" for certain. Situated in the beautiful Virginia countryside in a small college town, the university has a strong sense of community. This sense of community extends to all aspects of university life: the relationship between students and faculty, students and administration, the university community and the rest of the town is a strong one. For the student looking for an unforgettable and unparalleled college experience, W&L is the place. W&L isn't a large university with lots of school spirit and an amazing football team like a state university. It is small and intimate, with a pride that extends past varsity sports and into our academic programs. The school has a vibrant greek program that not even the independent students can really avoid. There is a lot of partying because of the student mentality to "work hard, play hard." We take both seriously.
In many ways, yes. There are plenty of exceptions. While the school is overwhelmingly preppy and rich currently there are student who fall into neither category. And the new scholarship program allows the university to bring in more students from a large variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Alcohol is readily available for anyone who wants it, but the student who chooses not to drink is highly respected and never pressured. We work hard and play hard, partying three to four nights a week. There are a lot of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants to fit the WASPY stereotype, but anyone not fitting in these categories will not feel out of place.
There is a huge dedication to academics here. Students are competitive, studying hard. Class sizes are very small, my largest class was of 20 students. My smallest class had ten. Professors all know your name and often times professors will invite you for dinner to their house or one of my friends even had a sleep-over at one of his professor's homes. The professors are all incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to their work and their students. Some professors on campus are legends from whom everyone should take at least one class. Many students double major: I have a unique interdisciplinary major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and in French. My major is the main reason I came here and while W&L doesn't have the best Medieval Studies program in the country, the school is prestigious and rigorous enough that I should be sufficiently prepared for graduate studies. The academic requirements are demanding--to receive credit for most AP classes, a student must receive a 5 on the exam-- but they are similar to those requirements of other universities.
That they are preppy, rich, drink a lot and party all the time. WASPY.
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