Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee University


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

My school is very interested in social prowess and fashion. The Greek system dominates everything, and men are extremely disr...

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

My school is very interested in social prowess and fashion. The Greek system dominates everything, and men are extremely disrespectful to women.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who wants diversity and open-minded people and who hates fraternities and sororities shouldn't attend.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

DO NOT GO TO WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY. The people are shallow and self-absorbed and they lack wordliness. They are aware of their deficiencies but make no attempt to change them. Rape is very common and men have no respect whatsoever for women. AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS!

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

W&L is a great university. It's a great, welcoming place, to any and everyone. One example of this is my favorite campus trad...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

W&L is a great university. It's a great, welcoming place, to any and everyone. One example of this is my favorite campus tradition, the Speaking Tradition, where everyone says, "Hi" to each other on campus regardless of whether you know the person or not. More importantly, W&L is a school that makes sure it gives each student what they need to develop academically and personally. For some, this means the freedom to pursue independent projects for degree credit, and for others, it means meeting with your professor twice a week. The great thing about W&L is that whatever you need, whatever you want to make of your college experience, it is available to students here. Though W&L is smaller than super-large schools, that attribute enables W&L to offer its students smaller classes, all classes taught by professors (No TAs!), and a real university community. Even now, in my senior year, I am still meeting new people in my class. Frankly, I think W&L is the perfect size.

Describe the students at your school.

Students at W&L run the full gamut of personalities and backgrounds. There are all kinds of folks here; diversity is not lacking at W&L. The only constant though the student body here is the W&L education. Groups for every possible cause and culture are one campus; all are active on campus. W&L’s student body is also overwhelmingly outgoing, friendly, and smart. In addition to the fantastic academics at W&L, students get to learn with equally fantastic people.

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

W&L is a great school. It is a wonderful place, and gives its students an amazing education and experience.

What are the academics like at your school?

W&L has some of the best professors in the world. Every professor I have had knows each of his or her students by name. Professors at W&L are also very accessible. Every W&L professor is required to have office hours, though they are always willing to see their students. My professors have gone so far as to give students their home phone numbers in case students have questions late at night. W&L, put simply, has some of the best academics and professors in the world.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

W&L is a tremendously friendly and outgoing school. It has over 100 clubs and organizations, meaning that students here are never at a loss for something to do. If you are like me, you’ll find yourself wishing you had more time in the day to do everything.

Allison
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students and parents should look very closely at what the college/university they are considering has to offer them, such as,...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students and parents should look very closely at what the college/university they are considering has to offer them, such as, majors, minors, social events, financial aid, academic advising, and athletics. Although a school may look impressive in one aspect it may fail to meet your standards in another. As for me, I chose a school with an impressive pre-med program, but now after my first year I have decided that I no longer am interested in pre-med. Instead, I would like to become a physical therapist/something in sports medicine, but my school does not offer a program for that so now I have to transfer to pursue my major. But my decision to attend my university was not all bad. At first I thought I wanted to attend a big university such as the University of Michigan with 40,000+ undergraduates, but after attending my university with just around 2,000 undergraduates I have realized that I would have been lost at a big university. Smaller classes allow the professors to get to know their students on a more personal level. In conclusion, make sure there's a place for you at your college/university.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I tell them that it's one of the top liberal arts schools in the country.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Sometimes its hard to fit in. For example, since so many people on campus are involved with greek life, labels are associated with certain frats or sororities. Being a member of one will automatically cause people to make assumptions about you and your friends, family, economic status, personality, etc.

Luke
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Greek Life. W&L is hugely Greek, and it makes an incredibly fun atmosphere.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Greek Life. W&L is hugely Greek, and it makes an incredibly fun atmosphere.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

W&L is an incredible school for academics, social scene, alumni relations, and outdoors activities.

Makenzie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't allow anyone to influence your decision. Don't go somewhere just because your best friend or boyfriend/girlfriend is go...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't allow anyone to influence your decision. Don't go somewhere just because your best friend or boyfriend/girlfriend is going there. Pick the college that you feel is best for you and your life plans. If you're rooming with someone, let it be random. You may not like your roomate, but you can always change. Don't room with someone you know from home. College is a time for new experiences and new people. Your roommate can help you on that journey. Don't change yourself just to fit into the "average" kid at your university. There are always people who are like you. Take the time to find them. Study hard, but don't forget that you'll only have this experience once. Get out there, make friends, and have fun. Look towards the future, but remember to live in today as well.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had been prepared for the reality of Greek life. While it is mostly fun, it can be overwhelming. In addition, your sisters/brothers can be very judgemental. In addition, if you aren't a heavy partier be prepared. You may feel left out at first, but there are plenty of people who feel the same as you. You just have to find them.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My professors are amazing! The academic level here is very challenging, but professors always try to work with you whenever you're struggling. Both the one-on-one and classroom interactions are invaluable and leave a significant impact. Professor-students relations here are wonderful and allow me to have a better college experience.

Philip
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Artsy people may feel out of place at times.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Artsy people may feel out of place at times.

What's unique about your campus?

The students here are focused on school, but still know how to have a good time.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't base your opinion of a school on one visit. Visit as many times as you can if you feel that you have a good chance of going to school there. And visit during the school year.

Torry
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The first thing that stood out to me about W&L was the Honor Code, which is entirely enforced by the elected student body. Th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The first thing that stood out to me about W&L was the Honor Code, which is entirely enforced by the elected student body. The only “rule” is no lying, cheating, or stealing, and it doesn’t happen here because of the small community, and the penalty for one of these actions is expulsion. Students pride themselves in upholding traditions, such as the Honor Code, but also equally important traditions such as the speaking tradition, which promotes unity amongst W&L students, faculty, and staff. The Honor Code lends itself to unproctored exams, take-home tests, and you don’t need to be worried if you leave your purse or i-pod outside for a few hours.

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Being at W&L has been one of the best experiences in my life. Something is always happening on campus, even though we are in a small town with VMI next door. The professors and students really do have a relationship of mutual respect; and since we’re in a smaller liberal arts school, it’s very easy to get involved in what you’re passionate about, whether sports, clubs, or you have the ability to create what you’re looking for. W&L alumni are just as passionate about W&L as the current students here on campus, and the alumni want W&L students to succeed in life after college. I saw this when I went to an alumni’s house for accepted students before my first year, and I was convinced when I got an internship in my selected field sophomore year that was presented to me by W&L alumni. The W&L experience doesn’t end after your four years; it stays with you for a lifetime.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes and no. (1) W&L has a majority of white students, but other non-Caucasian, especially international students, come to W&L. W&L acknowledges that diversity is an issue and actively works to increase diversity. (2) Some students are preppy, others are not. I don’t’ know anyone who will care if you’re not wearing the latest Lilly Pulitzer or Lacoste to class. (3) While it may have been true in the past, students do not need to be affluent in order to come to W&L. In fact, many scholarships, such as the Johnson Scholarship, as well as financial aid make it easier for students of all socio-economic backgrounds to come to W&L. I honestly don’t know of many students who aren’t on one or another type of financial aid. (4) Another stereotype of the past, W&L students are not all Southern. Students come from nearly all fifty states and a myriad of countries. We have a strong New Jersey population, as well as a surprising amount from California, just to name a few. (5) The majority of students do decide to “go greek” at W&L. Some students decide it’s not for them, others fully embrace the “frat lord” lifestyle, but most live in the happy medium. You don’t’ have to join a fraternity or sorority in order to be happy and have friends on campus.

What are the academics like at your school?

One expectation in every class at W&L is attendance, even in that 8 am, four-day-a-week math class. Professors expect a lot out of their students: active class discussion, group projects, insightful research papers. But professors also give a lot back. My professors have given me their personal phone numbers if we have questions about a take-home test, meet with me for extra office hours if the numerous hours they have already set up don’t fit with my class schedule, and are always willing to listen about non-academic subjects as well. This also helps if you’re looking into graduate school (recommendation letters), since you truly get to know your professor by name, and he knows yours, since some of the largest classes at W&L are twenty students. I have taken two classes with only four other students, which means I better be on top of the assignments and have something to say. Not only interaction with professors, but with your peers, is almost necessary for some courses. What I enjoy about the other students is the lack of competitiveness, nothing petty happens and if you miss a day, someone will always lend you their notes. I felt that at some other schools, the atmosphere was cutthroat, but you don’t see that at W&L. Not to say W&L students aren’t highly motivated, because we are, and we are all used to being the best in high school, and to be the best at W&L, you have to work with your professors and other students.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are many things to do on any given night at W&L, including of course, the inevitable fraternity party. You can also go to a concert, watch free movies in the Commons, go to one of the many organizations’ meetings… That being said, just like all other college campuses, W&L students enjoy social life, especially in the form of parties, but we know it’s not just about the parties. It is completely acceptable to go out on a Saturday night, stay sober, and still go home and do some work if you need to get it done. Other students understand, most of them have been there too. To get by at W&L, you do need to have a good work and social life balance. Social life here does matter, but it doesn’t have to be at parties. There are other ways to get socially involved in other activities on campus or in classes. One of the main keys is that W&L students are, the majority, very social, and it doesn’t just have to be at parties, but it definitely can be.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

A typical W&L student is a white, preppy, wealthy, Southern conservative that has joined either a fraternity or sorority.

Michael
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Tour the school when the weather is nice, it will give a much better impression. Research the schools you are looking at tho...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Tour the school when the weather is nice, it will give a much better impression. Research the schools you are looking at thoroughly, and if possible stay there for a weekend or accepted students' day. For financial aid, get that done early. Also look for schools in an area or region that you want to live in, and decide whether you would like a rural, small-town setting or a big city. That can greatly affect your college experience. As for making the most of that college experience, remember your friends are just as important as your academics. Don't slack off, but don't let your studies keep you from enjoying yourself. College is about learning how the world works in both an abstract educational setting and in terms of social interactions. You will learn a great deal about yourself and the kind of person you want to be; embrace it, and most importantly enjoy the precious few years you have as a college student.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

More about the fraternity system, especially the rush process.

Kasey
What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

There is a strong elitist attitude within the student body, and the social scene is stratified. You can find your niche but i...

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

There is a strong elitist attitude within the student body, and the social scene is stratified. You can find your niche but it takes a lot of time and effort.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The pervasive Greek system. It generates horrid gender relations and a social hierarchy I was expecting to leave behind from high school.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

No matter what college you select, your experience there will have incredible highs and lows. Whether you expect to or not, you will inevitibly learn much about yourself during your years at college. Thus in selecting a school, in addition to all the other important criteria, consider what college will best support you in this journey. Granted it is exceedingly difficult to determine if a school offers you that from brief visits, but approaching a school form this perspective could illuminate your choice. Wherever you go, even if you discover that the school is not what you expected, consider all your time there as an opportunity to gain new skills and interact with different people you never thought you would. Believe me, the four years go quickly, and in the end even those lows will be fond memories.

Stephanie
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The sense of community - both on campus and around the country. The alumni network is very strong, as are the bonds forged ...

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

The sense of community - both on campus and around the country. The alumni network is very strong, as are the bonds forged with students during their time on campus. We recognize the value of our school and the educational advantages it allows us. Students here feel fortunate and connected due to the very selective admissions as well as the sense of honor and tradition that pervade the entire community.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best college must do much more than just educate. The student and school should enhance and preserve one another while inspiring growth. Don?t let SAT or AP scores be your primary focus. Keeping that in mind, list your criteria: rural or urban, in-state or out, large or small, etc. Compile a list of schools that match. Visit the campuses. Talk to students. Ask questions. But here is the secret: the best school chooses the student. When you walk onto a campus and feel butterflies, when you keep thinking about it weeks after visiting, when you picture yourself thriving there ? the decision is made for you. You just need to recognize it. It might not match your criteria perfectly, but it matches you perfectly. To make the most out of college, remember that sense of possibility and pride inspired by your acceptance letter. Under the weight of class work, social pressures, extracurricular responsibilities and the unfortunate human need for sleep, you will occasionally lose perspective and hope. Don?t fear failure. Step back. Refocus. Ask for help. Remember that goals evolve. Learning to evolve with them is the key to opening the right doors and having no regrets.

What's unique about your campus?

The incredibly high level of academic fervor and the coursework demands. Being a student here is not for the faint of heart. Students here know that they will be challenged by not only their professors but also their fellow students. The expectations are high and demand much sacrifice and serious studying. In the end, it all pays off with a wonderful, rounded education that is recognized by employers, agencies and companies around the globe.

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