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Reviews 349 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love this place. If I had to make this decision again 1000 times over, I would make the same choice every time. W&L has given me so many opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. I've had many firsts here, and some lasts as well. The professors are amazing and really care about the students and their success. I've house/pet sat and had dinner at my professors' homes, and I see them all the time at Kroger and at restaurants in town. I have close relationships with my academic advisors and can talk to them about anything. Residence life freshman year was awesome and everyone got the shared experience. By the time recruitment rolled around in January, we were all on even footing and more comfortable with the upperclass women, which made the experience more enjoyable. I pledged a sorority and never looked back. I love my sisters and the way the Greek Life and campus life fit together like two puzzle pieces; it's like no other college I've seen or heard of, in that respect. Because 85% of students participate, greek life at W&L is open and inclusive with minimal infighting. (That said, the rumor mill is unreal here. Everyone knows everything.) As an athlete I've gotten close with my team, but widespread student body support of athletics is nonexistent. For instance, it's school tradition to leave football games at halftime. I love living off campus and having my friends live off campus where we can hang out together in a more comfortable, relaxed environment. Some of my best memories are in off campus houses either partying or just having a quiet night with friends. The honor system is REAL. Yes, some do cheat, but as a school, we don't condone it at all. The professors trust us implicitly and I've enjoyed the freedom to take tests whenever I want (within a certain period) and have keys to all the classrooms in my department. I know this is really long, so some highlights to finish it off: House mountain hikes, Fancy Dress, and the greatest people ever.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: W&L will be the best four years of your life. After graduating, students enter one of the strongest alumni networks in the country. For instance, W&L has alumni across several prestigious Financial Institutions most prominently Wells Fargo, Sun Trust, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Deutsche Bank. From my experience, all it takes is an email to any of these alumni and 90% will respond almost immediately with a genuine desire to help. Plus, the alumni at these institutions are constantly pushing to hire more students in investment banking analyst positions.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school. W&L gives me the ability to study at a top notch institution while still being able to be involved in many areas of campus life.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Confederate flags everywhere. Greek life rules. Super minimal diversity. The only social options are alcohol. Honor system is not as great as it seems. The academics are like a shining beacon of light, but some departments are super tiny and many professors seem very frustrated with the school/students. Financial aid is great. Sexual assault is problematic. Handling of sexual assault is problematic. Political awareness is surprising low for a school that sends so many students to politically minded jobs. Food is okay.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is really great, but it is in the 'deep south' so some experiences have a more conservative flavor

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Students will always feel safe thanks to the honor code.

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5 College Junior

Administration: As long as you don't lie, cheat, or steal you will be respected by administration and public safety.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: They just updated Graham-Lees and Gaines and now they are immaculate. Most freshman will live in these two dorms.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: High prevalence of parties, if you want to go out on the weekend there is a place to go. Parties take place mainly at fraternity houses, windfall, and pole houses with a few off campus houses in addition. The vibe at Washington and Lee is work hard play hard. People work very hard to get the grades they do and the parties act as a way to blow off steam and rejuvenate.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The Drinking scene is huge on campus, but drugs are only there if you want them to be there. Despite this, safety is a huge concern of the school. Rather than condemning what they know will happen, they work really hard to maintain a safe atmosphere. Besides drinking, honor is a huge thing here. They take honor very seriously. This in itself creates a very trustworthy atmosphere.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Dining hall is great for its purpose of every day foods; but there are great options beyond it. Including a kosher cafe and a co-op which both provide many more options. On top of that, sororities and fraternities have meals at their houses!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: While my living situation this year is below average, there is a huge amount of construction happening right now which will provide amazing dorm living for the next incoming class.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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