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Reviews 375 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Student Career Development Center is wonderful and it helps us utilize our vast alumni network.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love everything about the school

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Fantastic. The dorms are like apartments and there are newly built 3rd year housing which includes full kitchens, three floors, washers and dryers, and huge beds.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The houses and chefs are awesome. The comradery is even better.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Even though a majority of students are involved in some sort of athletics, not a lot of support are shown at games, meets, and matches. Additionally, the facilities are a little subpar; however, the university is in the midst of renovations (including a brand new pool).

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love everything about W&L. There is not a single bad thing to be said about it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors all really seem to care about their students. The classes are interesting and class sizes are small which makes learning more personal, especially as you get into more advanced major-related courses.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is known across the country for being one of the best of the best, and a W&L degree is a great thing to have on your resume.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lexington is a wonderful community. It is definitely a college town. The LexPo are pretty relaxed and nice if you are polite to them! I have never felt unsafe on or around campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is stunning. The freshman dorms are some of the best in the country in my opinion. Pretty large and well maintained. The RA's are all pretty wonderful as well.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The school is trying to cut back on Greek life which is really hurting the students. Many people want to go Greek, but can not as the school has cut back on quotas. Therefore, sororities are not able to get girls they want, and some girls are sad when they get cut during rush.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There are tons of varsity sports that many students take part in. The equestrian program even takes students who have never ridden a horse before! Rugby is the most popular club sport, and many young men take part in it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a wonderful time at W&L! It is a great school and is well recognized across the country as a top-notch liberal arts institution. I don't think there is a bad program in the entire college.

5 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life at Washington and Lee is, in my opinion, one of the best in the country. It is easy for anyone to find a frat or sorority that they want to join, and almost everyone does end up going greek.

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4 College Student

Athletics: For the conference that we are in, we do very, very well, recently winning our football and cross country leagues. The track team placed second, though we are going to be far better in the years to come, with the brand new facilities being built across the road at VMI. Though not everyone participates in cheering for varsity athletics, it is definitely a large portion of many peoples lives.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: From the beginning of the admissions process to now, Washington and Lee has been the best experience of my entire life. The alumni are extremely connected to all who apply, and from the day I was accepted I remember having many people who I did not really know call me and talk about how happy they were that I was becoming a part of their college family. The people at school are very easy to talk to, party with, and learn with. A very work hard, play hard environment leads to many girls and guys getting together and getting to know each other well. I love my college.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: W&L is an extremely tightly knit community. Although the Greek system might create an illusion that the school is fragmented, students really care about the development of one another. By the end of your 4 years, you will likely have strong bonds across the entire community. Combined with the small and engaging classes, W&L fosters a supportive and valuable learning experience.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most of my peers have already committed to career prospects well-above those of students at similar caliber schools.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Important to W&L's rich tradition.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This was my dream school and still is, even though I've broke through some of the gilded aspects of W&L and realized what it was really like in some ways.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus career services aren't that great, but the personal alumni connections you make and will make absolutely make up for it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Junior year on-campus housing is in the process of being built and many of the current sophomores (class of 2018, the first to move in next fall) have mixed feelings about this.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Because 4/5 students are Greek, it's technically inclusive, but within the sororities and fraternities, tiers definitely materialize.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Because it's so small, everyone knows someone who plays a sport so they show up to show support, but other than that, no one cares.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love almost everything about this school except for the fact that its cliques somewhat resemble high school. The more time that passes, the farther apart each social group drifts from each other.

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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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