Lexington, VA
Washington and Lee University


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Virginia
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The faculty and students create a small, cohesive environment which stimulates mental growth through healthy competition and ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The faculty and students create a small, cohesive environment which stimulates mental growth through healthy competition and the availability of excellent resources.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the honor code, in combination with the challenging academics. There is no such thing as an easy class, and your grades reflect the amount of work you put into each class. The best part is that you know every other student is working hard as well because of the honor code--- people do not cheat. In contrast to my high school, it is wonderful to be in an environment where you feel you are competing with other students, not their cheat sheets.

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

Above all other advice, I would tell parents and students to look at a wide variety of colleges before making a decision. While you may think you have your mind set on the first college you see or where your big brother went, there are so many options out there that the perfect school for YOU is somewhere. One thing I would do differently about my college search is that I would stay on over nights at my top choices, in order to interact with some students at the college and have a small taste of the college experience at that particular school. As for making the best of the college experience, have as much fun as possible, BUT always put your academics first. A low GPA your first fall semester will haunt you as you try to average it up throughout your senior year. If you manage your time, there is plenty of it to balnce your life between work and play. You are at college for an education number one, then everything else will fall into place.

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

Washington and Lee University is an excellent educational experience for the comitted and intelligent student. Be prepared to...

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

Washington and Lee University is an excellent educational experience for the comitted and intelligent student. Be prepared to spend five hours a day outside of class on schoolwork on a regular weekday, and more when preparing for tests. The social life is unparalelled, with a highly involved Southern greek scene that you will find nowhere else in the United States. The alumni are comitted to the university and its students, and have no problem either helping you find a job after college or sitting on the porch reminicing upon their days at Washington and Lee.

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

To find the right college, find the schools that offer the programs you are interested in and the enviorment that you most enjoy and then visit them; simply find where you best fit in. As I was told when searching for the right college for myself, "Look for somewhere that has the subjects you would like to study, and then see if you can feel comfortable there. As long as you can be comfortable, everything will work itself out in time." This is the absolute truth, I found a school where I felt at home, and although I switched majors, I would not trade that feeling I had when I first stepped upon campus for anything in the world. My university is my sanctuary, and to find yours, you must simply attend the college that makes you feel at home when you first view its campus.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Washington and Lee is a wealthy, private, and Southern school; if you don't fit into one of those categories, you may want to seriously consider another college. However, if you can relate to one of those cateogries, there is no better place on earth.

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

W&L prepared me for grad level work very well. the professors are always available for advice. The psych dept is a close kn...

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

W&L prepared me for grad level work very well. the professors are always available for advice. The psych dept is a close knit community. The foods pretty good. Its a place where youll learn alot about yourself. the diversity office is very helpful for students of color.

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

Very little student dialogue concerning diversity issues. W&L's honor code comes off as insensibly black and white; its not tempered by rationality and common sense. While is does offer a small selection of specialties, the psych department prepares students for research rather than clinical work. The school is in such a small town unless you have a car anything, go any where and take advntage of potential opportunities is difficult. Town & School homogeneity make it difficult to get your ethnic needs met, such as finding some one to do hair, and purchasing adequate hair care products.

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

The most important thing you need to know about a college is whether it's a good fit for YOU! (Not your friend who plans on going there too, your legacy parents, nor people who simply believe it imperative to your future to go there). DO Ask student to tell you the good the bad and the ugly Talk to as many different students as you can (students with similar backgrounds are a plus) If you visit, go out! Make sure you can find people, social opportunitys and outlets that match your personality style. Sit in on a couple of classes. While students can tell you about teaching styles, beloved and despised teachers, nothing is a better gague than your own experience. Ask teachers and alumni what their department has to offer your future! Ask yourself, at the end of your experience, "am i satisfied with what would be a typical day in the life for me here"? In school, DO NOT Slack off (there's plenty of time for play). Forget to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Forget college days are privileged times. Forget there are plenty of lessons you'll outside the classroom!

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

Very strong emphasis on acting like "ladies" and "gentlemen." Basically a very strict honor code, but one that is for the ben...

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

Very strong emphasis on acting like "ladies" and "gentlemen." Basically a very strict honor code, but one that is for the benefit of you as the student.

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

Don't make your decision on a whim. Take your time and fully consider which college will make YOU happy - not your parents, not your friends.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

It's very difficult for minorites here. However, that doesn't mean that the multicultural students shouldn't attend this school, it's just that it is very difficult. If you come from a very large city and are expecting to have a lot of shopping opportunities, then you probably wouldn't want to come here. Basically, if you are hoping to do a lot of fun activities during the weekend, then this probably isn't the place for you.

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

The current buzzword in college admissions is "fit". The student is immersed in the campus culture for four years and it is important for the student to be not just be comfortable but to be happy in the university ways of life. The best way to evaluate fit is to visit the school and talk to students beyond those who volunteer for the admissions office. I would also recommend doing an overnight visit so that the prospective student can evaluate the dormitory atmosphere. When the student is weighing college acceptances, I would recommend looking beyond the rankings of the schools as a major determining factor. Just because a student was accepted to an Ivy does not mean said Ivy would be the best school for the student. The student may desire a liberal arts college with guaranteed small classes taught by tenured professors as opposed to graduate TAs. Another student may need a school where many high school classmates are in attendance such as an instate public. To make the most of the college experience, the student must get involved with extracurriculars. A student who meshes into the environment will feel as if he/she has a myriad of opportunities.

Ryan
What's the Greek scene like?

W&L frats hold the "Pentathalawn Smoke-Off" to see who can produce the best BBQ.

What's the Greek scene like?

W&L frats hold the "Pentathalawn Smoke-Off" to see who can produce the best BBQ.

What's the Greek scene like?

W&L frat members shotgun some beers with hikers passing through Lexington on the Appalachian Trail.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Former president Bill Clinton calls the W&L Mock Convention after they pick Hillary Clinton as their winner.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Some visitors to Washington and Lee take a video of their campus tour.

Charlie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The Southwest Activities Center at the bottom of the Terry- Lander dorm

Describe the dorms.

Tour stop: Mary Gates Hall

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A stop in the HUB where students can kick back and get their game on.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

A stop on the tour that shows where students can get some grub.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A panorama of everything you can see from Red Square.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Spring at UW and a little tour tidbit on the Drumheller Fountain.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

By George Cafe is a student hangout on campus.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Campus is gorgeous... but there always seems to be construction.

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Zach on his favorite things about UW.

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Hilde on her favorite things at UW.

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One student on his favorite things about UW.

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Becca on her favorite things at UW.

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Interview about who might not feel at home at UW

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Interview about who might not feel at home at UW.

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Interview about who might not feel at home at UW.

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Interview about another school classmates applied.

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Interview about another school classmates applied.

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Interview about UW’s Reputation.

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Interview about UW’s Reputation.

Summer
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The rich white conservative thought and mindset that prevails in almost all settings (from academics and politics all the way down to the party scene). Even though they are not the majority, this school community prides itself in the southern white tradition, that is nice in some settings, but poisonous in many more.

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

There is no "perfect" college. Go with your gut while picking a college. If you know that you prefer a huge college community as opposed to a small tight knit community, then you are probably right, so don't let the "benefits of a small classroom" interfere or vice versa. Once at your college, things may (and probably won't) go as you dreamed, but find your niche of friends and activities and enjoy the fastest 4 years of your life. STUDY HARD, but don't forget to PLAY HARD.

Jen
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Washington and Lee is an amazing place! It's a very small school and some students' high school are actually larger. But, the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Washington and Lee is an amazing place! It's a very small school and some students' high school are actually larger. But, the gorgeous campus with the historic "Collonade" fits perfectly in the quaint little town of Lexington, Virginia, with its 4-square block downtown with its brick sidewalks and little shops lining the streets. Lexington can be considered a college town, since the population of around 7,000 practically doubles when school is in session, since Virginia Military Institute is also in Lexington. Campus is small but a perfect size. You definitely won't have to catch a bus to your classes here! In most cases your dorm will only be 100 yards from your classroom building or the Commons or Dining Hall. Washington and Lee is an esteemed school on the East Coast and for it's size is very well-known and well-thought-of. They have a large alumni base especially in the major East Coast and Southern cities and W&L is a very tight-nit community. The faculty and administration at W&L are extremely involved with the students and their activities. President Ruscio and various Deans and Professors are known for having students to their house for dinner and we have a great relationship with our faculty and administration. It's a place you have to visit and see for yourself. If you walk around campus you'll experience the friendly environment because of W&L's unique "speaking tradition." So, sit in on a class, or stay overnight and experience everything W&L has to offer, you'll fall in love with it just like me!

Describe the students at your school.

The student body does not look very diverse, but this is mainly due to its small size. But, because of this size, students know almost all of their fellow classmates by name. We are diverse in different ways. Where else can you find a Cheerleading captain double-majoring in Physics and Engineering? Almost everyone you'll meet is extremely friendly and welcoming. Just visit campus and see for yourself. Students typically dress up more than the average college students usually would. Dresses and pearls are very common for girls and boys will often don khakis and polos. Most students are typically from upper middle class East Coast homes. Students are very politically active as W&L hosts a very accurate Mock Convention every 4 years. Students typically lean more towards the right.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

This stereotype is not totally false. A lot of people are rich, white, and Southern, but W&L has its fair share of Northerners and kids from all over. Diversity is somewhat lacking, but it's increasing with each class.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors are extremely involved and dedicated to their students and willing to help you with anything. I've eaten dinner at my professors houses and I've talked with every professor I've had outside of class time. Professors encourage and sometimes even require you to visit during office hours. They are eager to get to know you and talk with you about anything. We even had speakers for my statistics class who came in to talk about fantasy baseball and another who talked about how statistics mattered in the upcoming '08 election. Classes of 25 students are actually considered large. Participation is usually a major part of your grade and seminar-type classes are very typical. A professor just standing at the front of the room lecturing is uncommon. My favorite class at W&L has been my business class call Puzzles and Critical Thought. We learned how to solve puzzles, both tic-tac-toe type puzzles and real-life scenarios. It was an extremely interesting class and taught me how to think out seemingly unsolvable problems and develop ways of breaking them down so they seem more feasible. Students here are all very intelligent and do spend a lot of time studying. But, it is not a harsh or extremely competitive environment. The academic calendar at W&L is unique. It consists of a 12-week fall term, a 12-week winter term and a 6-week spring term. This schedule opens up a lot of unique opportunities for students to do what they want with the spring term. Many students, like those in the science majors that find it difficult spend a whole term away, use that to study abroad. W&L also has the NY Term that starts students in an Accounting or Investment Banking Internship in New York City during the 6 weeks that lasts through the summer, giving them a jump on other students. Washington Term is similar for political internships in DC. These give students great connections.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greek life is a MAJOR part of social life and somewhere around 85-90% of students are in a fraternity or sorority. Most will live in the house for their sophomore year since 2 years of on-campus living is required. W&L is a pretty big party school. You could find something to do any night of the week. We work hard and we play hard. There are numerous on-campus (or fraternity) parties but off campus parties are very popular as well. Parties are popular. Bars are not, unless you're 21. W&L is a very safe environment where we are all on the Honor System and promise to not lie, cheat, or steal. Students rarely lock their doors. Athletics are not that popular. Being a small school, usually half the people you know are athletes, but football games are going to be a shock to you if you're used to huge SEC games like I was. People usually wear their dresses and sun bonnets and leave at half-time.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The most common stereotype for W&L is the "preppy" stereotype. Most people think that the only students who attend W&L are rich, white, and Southern.

Claire
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Located in picturesque Lexington, VA, Washington and Lee University is a place filled with a unique dynamic of rich history a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Located in picturesque Lexington, VA, Washington and Lee University is a place filled with a unique dynamic of rich history and contemporary fun. Watching the painstakingly well-dressed students roam the historic Colonnade on their way to class, one could easily mistake the school for a movie set. Classes at W&L are rigorous, and the students are as enthusiastic about learning as they are about socializing off campus at frat parties. Somehow the student body consistently excels at keeping the two in balance.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is one that emphasizes a "work hard, play hard" mentality. The majority of students join fraternities and sororities. The majority of the student body is Caucasian and there is little communication between different racial and socio-economic groups outside of class.

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We were all "that kid": W&L is made up of students who, in high school, balanced academic, extracurricular, and social commitments without breaking a sweat.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I think the predominant stereotypes of Washington and Lee students are accurate.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes at W&L are small and professors are accommodating and extremely knowledgeable. Taking into account that the majority of Washington and Lee students feel positively about learning and succeeding academically (and that the university draws in a multitude of "type-A" individuals,) it is no surprise that classes can rigorous and competitive. But, students are friendly and a diversity of opinion in discussions is highly valued, which makes for a less competitive feel. While the Washington and Lee School of Law is located directly off the main campus, contact between undergrad students and law students is rare.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

After freshman year, students move out of the dorms and the sexes are separated, with men living in their fraternity houses and women in sorority houses and on-campus apartments. Students rarely have the opportunity to spend time with members of the opposite sex outside of parties and class. Traditional dating happens but is not common.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Generally, Washington and Lee students can be stereotyped as well-spoken, well-dressed young men and women who take special care in their academic endeavors as well as in their social lives.

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