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Athletics

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am a varsity athlete and I believe that the student-athlete community is one of the best. Most students at the school are athletes so there are many common interests. Most teams support each other and about half of the teams each year win their respective conferences.

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

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.

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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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.

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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
Generals
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
Intramurals
  • 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 43 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 12% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 49% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 37% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 44 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 55% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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