Lexington, VA
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Reviews 550 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty similar, but that's not a horrible thing. Everyone is friendly and fun and attractive and dresses well. Why would you want to stray from that?

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Excessive drinking is a problem. As far as drugs go, many people participate, but there's no peer pressure to do so. I don't participate, and I hardly ever even see it.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's very fickle. This year we had 4 snow days, most years we have zero.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. I love my dorm and my hall. Everyone is amazing. It's like a family.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pros and cons. The food is really good at the places we do have, but we don't have a ton.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In my opinion, people are strict about the things that matter. They're lenient about underage drinking, which is good because everyone is doing it anyway. This way we're doing it the safest way possible. Parking could be less strict; never park in the wrong lot or you will get to make a trip to auto tow. Our honor system is the best in the country.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Lexington. It's adorable and friendly and has amazing scenery. Not too far away are the Blueridge Parkway, Natural Bridge, and a safari park. Hiking is a student favorite.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are always computer available to use, mostly because nobody does. The wireless isn't super reliable, but we all use it anyway.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We're about 30% athletes, and everyone who participates loves it. Those who don't participate in a varsity sport are rarely involved.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties at least four times a week, either at fraternity houses or houses owned by fraternities. They often have bands or djs. There is a small bar/club scene, but the nightlife we have is so satisfying, I've never heard anyone complain. Traveller will take you to 99% of parties.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The honor system makes everyone feel very safe. Friends will always take someone to the health center if he/she needs to go.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good, but variety is limited. There's only one dining hall, and greek organizations have food in their houses.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation isn't necessary for classes. This campus is tiny. We have Traveller at night to go to parties and fraternities and back home. Traveller is fantastic.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live with members of their greek organization. Close to campus, close to other students.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Nearly everyone goes greek. It's the center of social life here.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: You just get to pick whatever you want

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you don't want it, you don't see it

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't apply for any

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Winter months are so gray and cold

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends on what you get

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: All night life is at fraternity parties

5 College Freshman

Academics: I have been impressed by almost every teacher I have had so far. The school has a way of finding the best teachers in the country.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: W&L stands for White and Loaded.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are old and small, but they just renovated Gaines which is now practically a hotel. The fraternity and sorority houses are very luxurious for the sophomores.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is always on your side and trying to protect you. If they see you at a party too intoxicated, they will take you safely back or to the health center without any repercussions.


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If the overall experience offered at a school can be gauged in any way by the loyalty and generosity of its former students, then Washington & Lee stands out as one of the best schools in the country. Students will quickly admit that the University has some serious issues to work on—gender relations, a Greek monoculture, and an overemphasis on alcohol at social events—but in the same breath they will declare there could be no better place to go to college. That is because Washington & Lee cultivates an environment where students can grow in every aspect of their lives, both by being in a comfortable environment as well as experiencing serious challenges. Students develop real, intense relationships that keep them coming back for years as misty-eyed alumni. Washington & Lee students love their school because it lets them be a part of a legacy of academic and moral excellence. This makes class reunions seem more like family reunions, as students are so bonded in the shared investment in a place they love so much.

On a more practical level, students appreciate their time at school, too, because it not only prepares them so well for a life of intellectual excellence but also develops their moral selves as well. Working and living within the honor system forces each community member to take responsibility of their own actions, for better or for worse. Washington & Lee students have a keener sense of the impact of their actions than most. As a result, they enter professional environments ready to face challenges with realistic visions and a commitment to both high quality as well as honesty. This commitment to moral integrity, then, is what sets the school apart and makes it truly great. The University remains dedicated to carrying on the legacy established by its namesakes, giving its students the opportunity to participate in that effort to become upright, skilled citizens.

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