Location
Lexington, VA
Undergrads
1,789
Tuition
$42,425
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 563 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: For the area transportation was okay but being from a bigger city the transportation cannot compare.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: UCSB gave me okay financial aid. It often took a minute to receive it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: There are a lot of activities to get involve in.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: It is by the beach.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Almost everybody goes to the gym. We have the state of the art gym. Soccer and Basketball are the major sporting events that everybody attends.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs available around campus that students do not know about. It is relatively cheap to print.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had a lot of fun at school and learned a lot. It was nice to be away from everybody.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greeks do not run things at UCSB. Everybody likes to have a good time, which makes it good for people not into Greek life. Some Greeks have been known to throw good parties but you can only really get in if you're a girl or a guy that knows somebody.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I got an internship in my second year. It is definitely possible, you just have to put some effort in. The career center could be better at helping people.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I end up not like my major that much because it became repetitive. I would choose a different major that would offer more job offers if I had the chance to do it all over again.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants in Isla Vista can be pricey. There is only one fast food option which is Subway. Most people frequent Freebirds, Sams to Go and Woodstocks. As a person use to living in LA and getting cheap Mexican food, these places can be a little pricey. Isla Vista does offer a variety of foods like sushi, Mexican, pizza, hamburgers and Indian.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It is always nice and breezy. When it rains people do not go out as much.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are a lot of parties and places to go downtown when you turn 21. Students can ride Bill's Bus downtown to avoid DUIs.

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.

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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.

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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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