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4 College Freshman

Administration: Generally they just want to keep things safe, If you're not making trouble, they won't bother you

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: For a school of its size, nature and academic reputation, W&L throws down pretty hard. Whether it be Red Square parties or late nights at the poles or Windfall, there is always a solid party on every Wednesday Friday and Saturday

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: D-Hall has been working on being a bit more original with their meals. As an athlete, Co-op is really convenient for me for later meals.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The new housing plan for W&L should change things as they plan to move to two freshman dorms, but I live in Gaines and find the new post-construction Gaines great! Spacious and new

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live in houses owned by their Greek organization. Some are very nice; others are worn down.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A few decent mid-price restaurants downtown mixed with some very good but very expensive options. Cookout is a fantastic late-night option.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The Honor System is well-upheld. The University constantly works with students in order to act in the student body's best interests.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Johnson/ Robert E Lee Scholarships are phenomenal. Unlike most Universities, W&L allows you to use the money to cover Greek Fees and Housing.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: W&L has an extremely active party scene. It's common for students to go out three times or more a week. That being said, your friends understand if you need to spend a Saturday night in the Library. Parties are inclusive to all members of the W&L community.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: D-hall gets a lot of flack from first years, but it's constantly improving. Sandwich and Salad Bars ensure that there's always a good option if you don't like the hot food.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As of next year, all first years will be living in newly renovated dorms. In addition, the University is starting construction on a Junior Housing Development that will house the current freshman class and beyond.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Johnson scholarship is absolutely incredible!

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Johnson recipients, Questbridge matches, and Robert E. Lee scholars basically all receive full rides for all four years. Definitely apply! Also, I've heard the financial aid is really great as well.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties almost every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night and sometimes on other days of the week as well. Parties are super fun and although they're almost always thrown by fraternities, they're open to all students at W&L.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall has a lot of variety and has definitely been greatly improved this year! On the other hand, Co-op is great for late night eating.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I haven't lived in on-campus housing.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking on Main St. at night, but we have had some major textbook thefts at school, so it's definitely not perfect.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The gym is small, but it fits the needs of a small school. The equipment is hardly ever broken, but the facilities could be more modern.

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm very happy with the professors, classes, and assigned readings. It's very possible to do well.

3 College Junior

Local Area: If you're an undergrad and involved in greek life, then student life isn't too bad because you're very involved on-campus and have a social life that's tied to that. If not, then the small-town charm wears off easily, because you quickly find there's nothing to do outside of school.

4 College Junior

Administration: Because of the honor code, the administration trusts students to do the right thing, and therefore, much of the school's administration, regulations, and rule-making are left up to the students and the committees they appoint. I think it's a great system, but it also can lead to a lot of favoritism.

College Junior

Majors: I haven't had an on-campus internship.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The law school has very few good-looking people, but the undergraduate side of campus has more. Everyone dresses the same on the undergraduate side of campus - the same brands, the same color schemes, the same clothing styles.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Larger schools have a lot more things to do and a lot more options. The undergraduate side of campus is focused on greek life, and if you're not part of it, you may as well just go to a different school.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Lexington has delicious food, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are truly spectacular. Plenty of beautiful hikes and natural wonders to explore.

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WLU Iconic Buildings WLU Iconic Buildings From left to right: Newcomb Hall, Payne Hall, Washington Hall (center), Robinson Hall, Tucker Hall.

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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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