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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Johnson scholarship is absolutely incredible!

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.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Graham-Lees was the best part of my freshman year.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is incredible - my sorority has introduced me to so many people and allowed me to enjoy social events and activities all over campus.

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5 College Junior

Majors: My classes have been small and interesting. I'm very happy with my majors.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love this school, and I am so happy that I decided to attend. I cannot imagine going anywhere else.

5 College Junior

Academics: Classes are small and interesting. You cannot skip class.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on this campus. It is the safest place in the world.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: There is always something going on. Theme parties are over-the-top and incredibly entertaining. Band parties are a common occurrence.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Always easy and available - there are a number of landlords who regularly rent to W&L students and are very fair.

College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athlete so I cannot really go into detail about the athletics.

3 College Freshman

Majors: You do not have to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year, so it is pretty cool.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: W&L is the best for financial aid! I had a very smooth process and received what I needed!

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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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