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

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Athletics: You do not go to W&L if you want to play on a sports team and have sell out crowds at your games. Our teams are competitive, but their is little support from the students. The school is working on getting more students to games.

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Athletics: Most people don't attend all of the games, but we definitely support all the athletes because they're all our friends that we know and have class with.

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Athletics: The majority of students participate in Varsity sports, but there is very little fan support


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  • 562nd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1280th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Washington & Lee puts the "student" in "student athlete." The University doesn’t award athletic scholarships, and athletes are expected to carry their academic weight. This sometimes makes it tough for W&L to field successful teams, particularly in football and basketball. But in some sports—including lacrosse, women’s soccer, and tennis—W&L's dominance is unquestioned (or so the athletes will tell you). Attendance is pretty light at most sporting events, but people turn out en masse for Homecoming and Parents' Weekend football games. No tickets are required for athletic events—just find a seat and start cheering. Unfortunately, W&L tradition mandates that spectators leave football games after the first half. Alas, school spirit only runs so deep.

W&L also realizes the importance of athletics to students. Besides just having the Division III varsity sports, the college also offers intramurals and requires students to take gym classes to keep in shape. W&L sponsors a variety of intramural (IM) sports, from basketball to flag football to softball. A lot of clubs, fraternities, and sororities form intramural teams to socialize and have some fun. Combined with club sports, this gives nearly every student an opportunity to play a sport on some level. W&L tries to provide its students with a workout for both mind and body.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Basketball: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
School Colors
Royal blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
303 - 35%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
187 - 21%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Eventing (equestrian)
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alston Parker Watt Field
  • Cap'n Dick Smith Field
  • Cy Twombly Pool
  • Dick Miller Cross Country Course
  • Doremus Gymnasium
  • Duchossois Tennis Center
  • Fechnay Ropes Course
  • Lexington Country Club
  • Mathis Wrestling Room
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • W&L Turf Field
  • Warner Center Complex
  • Wilson Field
Most Popular Sports
Men's lacrosse, club rugby
Most Overlooked Teams
Football--they won the ODAC Championship in 2007 and had two rebuilding years but should be back on top either this year or next.
School Spirit
Even if it's not expressed in the usual ways (thousands of screaming, belly-painted fans at basketball games), W&L students have a lot of school spirit. No matter what they study, students come together for all kinds of activities, from the political craziness of Mock Convention every four years to the prom-night extravaganza of Fancy Dress to the sweaty yard work of spring service days. Students also care about what the University will be like for the students who come after them, which explains the sometimes-obsessive debates about alcohol policies, the academic calendar, crackdowns on fraternities, and the honor system. The one real weakness in the school spirit department is the lack of connection between Greek and non-Greek students. Relations between the two groups are usually not hostile-they're usually friendly, actually-but sometimes these students disagree strongly about how the University should design itself for the future. This saps some of the unity and goodwill that has been built up at W&L over the years.
Getting Tickets
No tickets required!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Woods Creek trails-curves around the wooded back campus and follows the slow-moving creek. Especially nice in the spring and early fall.
Did You Know?
About one in six Washington & Lee students are varsity athletes, and about three in four participate in intramural sports.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 41% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 52% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 7% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 32% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 61% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 11% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
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