At a Glance

W&L prepares students to meet the world's challenges as ethical leaders, visionary thinkers and compassionate citizens.

Some decide to attend for its small size and personal attention; others will say it’s our academic reputation, scenic location or engaged community. Whatever their reason, once here, students find a place to grow intellectually, unlock opportunities and prepare for the future. W&L students hold each other to the highest standard of integrity, united by the student-run honor system. And when they graduate, they do so as critical thinkers with a network of support, lifelong friendships and a degree that opens doors.

I have achieved so much in my short time at W&L, and I know the sky is the limit when it comes to the future!”

Tanajia Moye-Green ’23Major: Sociology Minor: Poverty Studies, Data Science

Fast Facts

As a top-tier liberal arts university, W&L is a place where students grow intellectually, unlock opportunities and prepare for their futures.
Campus Setting

Campus Setting

How does a school become a home? How does a town become a community? In Lexington, it's your first day in the Campus Kitchen, in a local coffee shop, on the river, or in a classroom. Lexington really is a remarkable place.

Situated on 325 acres in historic Lexington, Virginia (population 7,000), W&L is approximately two hours from Richmond, Virginia, and three hours from Washington, D.C. W&L is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley only minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail.

Life on Campus


Full-time Undergraduate - 1,857
Law School - 378
Men - 49%
Women - 51%
Underrepresented - 19%
Countries - 41
U.S. States - 49

62% of students live on campus
150+ clubs and organizations
75% of students participate in service efforts
About 60% of students study abroad each year

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Academic Profile

Academic Profile

W&L is composed of two undergraduate divisions, the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and a graduate School of Law. W&L is the only leading liberal arts college to have nationally accredited programs in business and journalism, and one of the few offering an engineering program. 

36 Majors and 41 Minors
Classes Taught by Faculty -  100% 
Average Class Size - 15
Student-Faculty Ratio - 8:1
Graduation Rate - 4 years - 92%
Degrees - BA, BS, JD

Areas of Study


28% of W&L students compete on one of 24 varsity teams within the NCAA Division III ODAC Conference, not to mention those that compete through club and intramural teams. 

Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling

Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

W&L has won the ODAC Commissioner's Cup for overall athletic excellence for 25 of the past 27 years!

Athletics at W&L


In their first year, students are assigned a Career Advisor to support them one-on-one. Advisors have focus areas, such as finance, government, law, consulting, health care and marketing, for industry-specific support, and they also help undecided students explore career paths and post-graduate options. 

W&L is consistently named a top producer of Fulbright students in the U.S. 

97% of graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

93% of graduates are accepted to law, medical, dental, veterinary, and other professional programs

After W&L


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