Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee University


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Recent Reviews

Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the small classes and getting individual attention from teachers; they really care about us. If you like knowing every...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we are rich, snobby, and smart.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I believe the stereotypes about W&L students apply to mostly everyone, although there are the people who don't follow the norm.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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.

Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

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...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Like all steretypes, to a certain extent, but probably not the extent of our reputation.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

preppy, snobby, judgmental, shallow, smart, hard workers, like to party

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing: opportunity worst thing: red-neck central

What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing: opportunity worst thing: red-neck central

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

segregated, unless people are drunk.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

prep. white. in the middle of nowhere. conservative.

Kendall
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Just the right size-personal relationships between professors and students (known by name, often get cell phone numbers for e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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

Describe the students at your school.

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Washington and Lee is the people. Everyone works hard, but is still very sociable. There isn't much comp...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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.

rob
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Small liberal arts school with extremely demanding academic and social lives. Little to no grade inflation and offers a bette...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The administration and the police are the worst things about the school barrin the occasional racist asshole.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Preppy, wealthy, white, intelligent, good looking, stuck up

Alden
What is your overall opinion of this school?

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,...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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.

Casey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

This university truly is "a place like no other." It is a "hidden ivy" for certain. Situated in the beautiful Virginia countr...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That they are preppy, rich, drink a lot and party all the time. WASPY.

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Washington and Lee is a small campus with such a unique system that it offers opportunities that are unique to this school. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Washington and Lee is a small campus with such a unique system that it offers opportunities that are unique to this school. Commonly when I am with friends who go to other Universities I find myself saying, "you cannot understand W&L until you come here." The Greek system and academic calender are two of the aspects of W&L that make it so appealing. With our spring term, we are offered a way to take just one or two courses for six weeks. Therefore professors can offer classes that normally would never be taught. It also allows for students to study abroad without missing an entire semester.

Describe the students at your school.

W&L is a somewhat homogeneous place, but that is not to say that we don't have any diversity at all. Over the past few years W&L has slowly become more and more diverse. Some people say that it takes a certian type of person to like W&L, "you either love it, or you hate it."

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There is obviously an element of truth to this. The majority of us are part of the Greek system. Therefore it is understandable that the party scene is a major part of this school. We are also predominately a white student body. What needs to be understood is that most of us do have a balance between our academics and social life. The party scene is a way of escaping out tremendous workload for a little while.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics of W&L are very good. Professors know thier students by name. Most of the classes are very small, with the exception of some basics science classes. But even these classes are small when compared to other schools.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Obviously our Greek Life domintates the social scene. Our weekends are filled with frat parties in basements with lots of cheap beer. Thats not to say that it is a bad thing and that there are not other options. If you are the outdoors type, there is wonderful hiking and fishing in the area.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some of the common stereotypes of Washington and Lee students are that we are a bunch of white, southern frat boys and sorority girls who party all the time.

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