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Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

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Student Population
Washington and Lee University overview
Location Lexington, Virginia
Online wlu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Washington and Lee University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Lexington, Virginia, Washington and Lee University is a small four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 6,621 prospective students applied, and 1,248 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 484 enrolled in the school.  2,232 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $58,260 plus fees of $1,120. Washington and Lee is ranked 26 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Washington and Lee is rated within the top 7% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
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SAT 1410/1530
ACT 32/35
Estimated GPA 3.87
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Washington and Lee University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,250
Other Fees$1,120
Room and Board $16,270
Budget for Other Expenses$2,400
Total One Year Cost$80,300

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$89,000 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Washington and Lee University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 21%
Business 19%
Foreign Languages 9%
History 7%
Biology 7%

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