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There are a few who fit the stereotype, but the majority are not that narrowly defined
There are a few who fit the stereotype, but the majority are not that narrowly defined
Everyone is a preppy, rich, southern kid
Washington and Lee is all about the small college experience. We've created our own community that gives you the support you ...
Washington and Lee is all about the small college experience. We've created our own community that gives you the support you need. Students, faculty, and staff are friendly and open. Everyone is proud to be at W&L, and we all strive to make the school better.
W&L is not for everyone. Almost any day, you can see a student wearing a bow tie or sundress. Every student who comes to W&L had something amazing on their transcript. Whether they excelled in sports, music, quizbowl, speech, debate, or anything else you can name, each student brings that with them. Freshmen really get to share their experiences with each other as they live together and eat together, but even then freshmen also meet tons of upperclassmen through classes and the greek system. Even if a student doesn't go greek, the upperclassmen independants set up a few independant parties so freshmen never feel unconnected.
W&L is an awesome place to be. The professors are great, the students are fun and interesting, and the administration actually cares about the students as well as the bottom line. If your not willing to work, you either won't like it or won't be able to last, but all the work is worth the effort. W&L teaches you to think. You learn to have oppinions and how to support them. You learn honor and integrity.
For the most part, no. Although anyone can find students that drink too much, there are a lot of students at W&L that don't drink at all. Also, most students don't feel pressured to drink. As for diversity at W&L, it's growing. The students come from all over the United States as well as many other countries. All races are represented and there is a lot of opportunities to learn about other cultures. On my hall we have girls of all different races as well as girls coming from all the corners of the U.S.
My largest class at W&L has been a whopping 22 students. At such a small school, even freshman have small class sizes. It's amazing to be able to get to know all of your professors and have them call you by name in class. The professors are all here to teach, so they'll go out of their way to help you. But don't be fooled, the academics at W&L are as hard as ever. Students are extremely competitive, and they keep improving every year. Professors push you to do your best and encourage class discussions.
There is tons to do at W&L. There are always students around campus and things going on. Students can go to a frat party, a concert, a free movie, or just hang out any weekend. There are guest speakers throughout the week as well as workshops, fundraisers, movies, and parties. Students leave their doors unlocked all the time in the dorms, and often you'll find a group of people just sitting in the hall talking.
Most students believe that Washington and Lee students are just a bunch of rich, white, Southern kids that party all the time. Although W&L has a reputation for being tough academically, it also has a reputation for being a party school.
Washington and Lee is a small school, which has some disadvantages but definitely has some great advantages. I can walk into...
Washington and Lee is a small school, which has some disadvantages but definitely has some great advantages. I can walk into the dining hall and know someone there. Also, I can be involved in things that I could not otherwise. There is no way I would cheer at a bigger school. The town of Lexington is also very small, but it is cute and I have grown to love it. We are only an hour from Roanoke and I can go there if I ever really need a Starbucks or a mall. There is not a lot of school spirit in that athletic events are not very well attended, however we have a great alumni network who really love the school.
Most students here are preppy and southern. That being said, other groups are represented on campus and while it may be more difficult, they do find places where they fit in.
to some extent.
Because of its size, W&L has very small classes and intimate relationships are formed with professors. It is not uncommon to go to a professor's house for dinner. I am a physics major and love my physics professor. I am no longer in a class of hers, but visit her anyway just to chat.
Greek life is a very big deal here. Partying is also very common, but as a non drinker I can testify that drinking is not necessary to have fun here. There is a drive in theater nearby which is really fun. It's also fun to go to parties with bands and just dance without drinking. Most traditions center around Greek life, life Sigma Chi's derby days and Lip Sync where all the new pledge classes preform a lip singing routine. I love my sorority and am so glad I rushed. I met a lot of great girls I would not have otherwise known.
Preppy, southern, wealthy
The best thing about W&L is the sense of community. Because of our honor system and small size, you can pretty much trust ev...
The best thing about W&L is the sense of community. Because of our honor system and small size, you can pretty much trust everyone. People leave backpacks, ipods, and laptops lying around campus and no one will touch them. Our social system, though somewhat divided because of fraternity/sorority rivalry, is very open. No one charges for parties, and for the most part, everyone is welcome at a fraternity party even if they are from another fraternity or independent.
Here, most people fit the typical southern "good ole boy" mold. Although a fair amount of students are from the north as well, this is indefinitely a conservative southern school. The students population isn't very diverse, although things are changing.
you certainly find people who fit the whole range of cultural diversity, but for the most part the students are well-dressed, conservative, and not very diverse
The best thing about a small school is the close relationships you can build with professors. The classes are generally small, ranging from 15-25 students. Students are involved in discussion and must participate more then students at larger schools, where class sizes range into the hundreds. On the down side, you can't hide in the back or skip class because your professor will know it. The student body competitive, and the course load is challenging, especially the broad general education requirements.
The fraternity system runs the social scene, and it all starts the first day the freshmen arrive. An entire semester is devoted to fraternity/sorority rush. This is a great opportunity for freshmen to meet each other as well as to find a house to join. Unfortunately, after freshman year ends, your circle of friends (especially for guys) will also shrink because sophomores live and eat in their respective fraternity houses, leaving little time for interaction with guys in other houses.
Rich, friendly, alcholics, southern, conservative
best thing is the honor system, which allows you to take exams when you want, take-home tests, leave valuables out, not lock ...
best thing is the honor system, which allows you to take exams when you want, take-home tests, leave valuables out, not lock your room etc. teachers couldn't be more accessible, i wish lexington was more of a college town but charlottesville, roanoke, and lynchburg are only 1 hour away
students don't wear pajamas to class, there are little to no LGBT type people on campus, most people come from the same homogeneous background.
to some extent, but the school is trying really hard to become more diverse
really strong, small classes, teachers are so accessible, teachers often have classes outside, once i had one in a coffee shop in town
big party scene, not much dating actually happens though, frats/srats are a big deal, almost everyone goes greek, the party scene revolves heavily around drinking but you don't have to if you don't want to, lots of religious people choose not to drink and are fine.
rich, white, preppy kids
not completely, but most of the time, yes
not completely, but most of the time, yes
rich, southern, white
The best thing about Washington and Lee is the social scene. Because the school is almost entirely Greek, the parties are inc...
The best thing about Washington and Lee is the social scene. Because the school is almost entirely Greek, the parties are incredible. Though beer is available at every party, hard liquor rules the alcohol scene to an extremity. However, though I enjoy the parties due to the Greek scene, if I could change Washington and Lee I would eliminate Greek life altogether. People often see Greek letters, not personalities, when they look at each other. In addition, many of us grew up very privileged, so we have a tendency to behave in snobbish ways and do not always think of others as we should. Furthermore, because the school is so "cliquey" due to the Greek scene, it often feels too small--for example, if you were to make out with a fraternity brother at a party, all of his fraternity brothers would know by Monday morning and you would be publicly scorned. When I tell people I go to Washington and Lee, most people do not understand the significance of the school. Unfortunately, many do not recognize that this university is among the most prestigious in the country and is also deeply rooted in this nation's history. It is not recognized by many that Robert E. Lee was president, or that Washington and Lee currently ranks #15 in academic excellence among the United States' liberal arts colleges. I spend most of my time on campus in the University Commons. Because the school is small, we have one centrally located student center that contains the cafeteria, the foods co-op, and several study rooms and meeting rooms for student convenience. The school is not a "college town", per say, though the town would be nothing without the college. Lexington is a frequent tourist destination, but 22.1% of the town's residents are below the poverty line and rely on student purchases to bring in revenue. Washington and Lee's administration is very good about connecting with the students and staying in touch with their wants and needs. This is a benefit of a small school, but it is also the result of Robert E. Lee's desire that this community remain close-knit and sensitive to itself.
To a degree, these stereotypes are accurate. However, just because we all wear $300 shoes and attend $60,000 fraternity formals does not mean that we do not have problems. In addition, there are some students who do not fit this stereotype.
Washington and Lee students are your typical preps. Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Lacoste, and Ralph Lauren are some of the main labels that walk the Colonnade daily. Washington and Lee students are often perceived as spoiled rich kids who get whatever they want, whenever they want it.
the best thing are the people. everyone is friendly and interested in what is going on in your life. it is a small school but...
the best thing are the people. everyone is friendly and interested in what is going on in your life. it is a small school but it is one where everyone knows everyone else. it is a small town but there is always something to do on campus or in the community. people who have heard of washington and lee are impressed when you say you go W&L. those who haven't heard of it are kind of like oh ok. the people who really matter when trying to get a job have generally heard of it so that's what matters. the administration is always looking to improve the campus but without being too overbearing. student self governance is something that defines W&L, with every organization being run and governed by students. there is a lot of school pride. students and alums feel connected and when you meet someone who graduated from W&L there is an instant connection and a sense of pride. the one thing students complain about is that everyone knows everything about everyone. it's a small community and people talk. the one thing i will remember is the opportunities W&L gave me to grow. my involvement in a variety of organizations helped me grow as a person and really discover what my strengths and weaknesses are. i feel completely prepared to enter the working world and social world after graduating from W&L.
it is lacking a little in diversity but there is a great diversity of ideas. i think that all groups, religious, racial, LGBT, etc. all get along very well on campus. a student who does not want to be social would feel out of place at W&L. i don't mean they have to drink or party all the time, they just have to be willing to hang out with friends and go out to eat and go to events. if you are a hermit who just wants to sit around your dorm all the time and study 24/7 then you will be miserable. in classes everyone interacts. there are different social circles that make up W&L which are set by about sophomore year. you just get set in your circles and most have no desire to branch into others. W&L students are from everywhere...north and south, west coast, east coast. the majority aren't even from virginia where the school is located. most students come from middle class families but there are students from lower and upper classes. unless someone talks about it or flaunts things they have, no one can really tell what class people are from, they just blend together. students are very politically aware in years of presidential elections. not as much during the off years but our annual mock convention brings together the entire campus, amazing speakers, and national coverage. it is considered a conservative campus but even those who consider themselves conservative are close to the middle. students talk about how much they hope to earn but typically just talk about the type of job they want, not the amount they will make.
most are not true. while there are some students who are given whatever they want, the vast majority have to work and earn everything they have. many parents don't pay for anything their children need, resulting in a lot of students having outside jobs or working for the school. the vast majority of students are greek. lexington is a small town so the greek life does dominate. what organization you join does not define you though. you can make being greek whatever you want to and be as involved as you want to.
professors know your name, know when you miss class, and know when you're failing. they follow up with you when you're having trouble and encourage students to stop in their offices whenever the door is open. my favorite class was an advertising class that allowed me to discover what career i want to pursue and it was basically run by students with a little guidance from the professor. students study a lot. during the week it is all work and rarely play. class participation is essential to getting a good grade. if you don't go to class or you go and just sit there, you won't get a good grade and you won't enjoy the classes. students talk a lot outside of the classroom about what is going in the world and how it relates to courses. students are competitive only in the sense that they want to exceed their own expectations. it's not like they want to beat their friend they just want to beat what they what was possible for them. business is a pretty popular major because it allows you to go into something like ibanking, consulting, advertising, marketing, and a variety of other things. the professors are some of the best in the country and truly care about the students. i frequently see them around campus or in town and they always stop to chat and see how i am doing. i think the academic requirements are rigorous and you can't just coast by at W&L. you have to work for your grades and really work to have a good GPA. W&L teaches you how to get a job but also just how to continually learn and continue to ask questions and grow as a person.
greek organizations are the most popular with 76% of students being greek. i am invovled in the panhellenic council which governs the sororities on campus. it is a group that is respected on campus and plans recruitment, programming and education for the sororities. football games are the most popular and tennis matches are pretty popular too. most people go to events that one of their friends is involved with. we get great speakers and those are always well attended. i met my closest friends in my sorority and one fraternity where i hang out a lot. that is also how i met my boyfriend. he was a friend of a friend and we met sophomore year. i have amazing friends who i am really going to miss next year. we are moving all over the country. we take trips together and go out to dinners together. they are great. some people date, some don't. those who do are typically in long relationships and have been together for awhile. if i'm awake at 2am on tuesday i'm studying and cramming for an exam or writing a paper. there are lots of events that happen ever year: homecoming weekend, christmas weekend, fancy dress, alumni weekend, buffalo creek, derby days, foxfields, maury river tubing...lots of things. people party pretty much every weekend. fraternities and sororities are pretty important and most people are in them. they define the social scene as in parties but only define what you do if you let them. last weekend i watched a movie with my boyfriend on friday night and went to a saint patrick's day party on saturday night. there are events on campus like dance-a-thons, movies, bands, etc. if you don't want to go out to a party. off campus there are movies in town, sometimes speakers, always musical events or plays.
we are a bunch of white, rich kids who have been pampered all our lives. we can afford lives of luxury. everyone is greek.
Yes and no. Stereotypes are never accurate for everyone.
Yes and no. Stereotypes are never accurate for everyone.
The professors at Washington and Lee are wonderful. I've done research with my advisor and have developed a friendship with her as well. Other professors, even some I've never had, know me by name and are always willing to talk outside of class.
The honor system at Washington and Lee prevails above all. Everyone is comfortable leaving their bags outside the dining hall when they eat and their doors unlocked. As a whole we trust each other.
While Washington and Lee is stereotypically "white/preppy" the administrations office is working on diversifying the student ...
While Washington and Lee is stereotypically "white/preppy" the administrations office is working on diversifying the student body. Most students wear comfortable clothes to class, jeans and a jcrew t, khaki shorts and a polo or t-shirt. Most students are from the south-east or texas, however, i was surprised by the large number of students from new york and surrounding states. Students are highly aware and active in politics. We just held our "Mock Convention"- a tradition that takes place each election year. We predict (correctly) the presidential nominee for the out of house party.
Professors know my name and make a point of saying hi to me if they see me on campus or in town. I think that Washigton and Lee is geared toward creating a well rounded graduate... the requirements are created so that every student receives an education in mathematics, schieces, history, literature, economics, writting, art etc. Class participation is common and expected. Class sizes are small and create an environment that welcomes participation.
Greek life is a big part of life on campus here, we have five sororities and are getting a new one next year, also we have something like fifteen fraternities, and Washington and Lee is the founding school of KA. Dorm rooms are never locked and everyone feels comfortable that nothing will be stolen. An event that happens every year is Fancy Dress, a dance that everyone in the school (including faculty) is invited to... it is a fun way to come together as a community. The big party nights are monday, wednesday, friday, and saturday. EVERYONE is welcome at all parties and it is perfectly acceptable to stay in when you are tired or have a paper or test... we work hard and party hard.
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