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IPEDS ID: 234207
OPE ID: 00376800
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Washington and Lee University
204 West Washington Street, Lexington, Virginia 24450-2116
General information:  (540) 458-8400
Website:  www.wlu.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,243 (1,867 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  7 to 1
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Study abroad
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services, Fall 2022
3% or less
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
For-credit instruction programs offered
Academic
Noncredit education offered
Institution does not offer noncredit education
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty26345
Instructional26345
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
Tuition and fees$57,285$59,380$61,750$64,5254.5%
Books and supplies$2,220$2,250$2,024$2,29013.1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Food and Housing$15,810$16,270$16,920$17,6854.5%
Other expenses$2,285$2,400$2,296$2,5008.9%
Total Expenses2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
On Campus$77,600$80,300$82,990$87,0004.8%
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Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition planX
  • Does not participate in Promise program
  • The W&L Promise guarantees a minimum grant of tuition to eligible undergraduate students.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2022-2023
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid132869%————
Grant or scholarship aid29963%$17,438,667$58,323
Federal grants6313%$504,558$8,009
Pell grants6313%$314,558$4,993
Other federal grants4810%$190,000$3,958
State/local government grant or scholarships9219%$579,757$6,302
Institutional grants or scholarships26957%$16,354,352$60,797
Student loan aid8518%$880,560$10,360
Federal student loans7215%$366,515$5,090
Other student loans204%$514,045$25,702
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Degree/certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid11,18764%$62,465,850$52,625
Pell grants20711%$1,076,053$5,198
Federal student loans28115%$1,682,160$5,986
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
  • Institution did not report non-degree/non-certificate-seeking undergraduate students in 2022-2023.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2020-20212021-20222022-2023
Average net price$26,063$24,733$24,667
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2020-20212021-20222022-2023
$0 – $30,000$769$76
$30,001 – $48,000$743$377$887
$48,001 – $75,000$4,132$5,462$6,983
$75,001 – $110,000$10,395$12,731$9,222
$110,001 and more$43,946$45,417$42,745
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for Food and Housing and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students awarded federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2022
Total enrollment2,243
Undergraduate enrollment1,867
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1
Graduate enrollment376
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 72%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
U.S. Nonresident: 6%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 100%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 18%
Out-of-state: 73%
Foreign countries: 9%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 0%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 100%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 0%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2023-2024): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2023
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants6,8203,3933,427
Percent admitted17%16%19%
Percent admitted who enrolled42%44%41%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequired to be consideredNot required, but consideredNot considered
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Work experienceX
Personal statement or essayX
Legacy statusNot applicableX
Admission test scoresRequired to be consideredNot required, but considered (Test Optional)Not considered (Test Blind)
SAT / ACTX
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
English Proficiency TestX
Test Scores: Fall 2023 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT13827%
ACT12525%
Test Scores25th Percentile*50th Percentile** (median)75th Percentile***
NOTES:
*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing710730750
SAT Math700760780
ACT Composite323435
ACT English343535
ACT Math293234
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission. If an institution reports less than 5 students for any of the test scores, percentiles are not reported.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 98%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without completing at the current institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 99 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 95%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2015]
4-year: 91%
6-year: 94%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2017]
4-year: 92%
6-year: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2015 or Fall 2017
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 94%
Female: 96%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 82%
Hispanic/Latino: 90%
White: 96%
Two or more races: 93%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
U.S. Nonresident: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 93%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 7%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 94%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 100%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2022-2023
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
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  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
Russian Studies1-
Category total1-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry4-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General26-
Neuroscience22-
Category total52-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting0-
Accounting and Business/Management39-
Business Administration and Management, General92-
Category total131-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Journalism6-
Public Relations/Image Management14-
Category total20-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science14-
Category total14-
Engineering
Engineering Science7-
Engineering, General9-
Category total16-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General16-
Category total16-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General2-
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General2-
French Language and Literature0-
German Language and Literature0-
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General1-
Spanish Language and Literature5-
Category total10-
History
History, General11-
Category total11-
Legal Professions and Studies
Law-107
Category total-107
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General10-
Category total10-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1-
Category total1-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies11-
Category total11-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy4-
Religion/Religious Studies1-
Category total5-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General9-
Geology/Earth Science, General5-
Physics, General5-
Category total19-
Psychology
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other24-
Category total24-
Social Sciences
Economics, General51-
Political Science and Government, General43-
Sociology and Anthropology11-
Category total105-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2-
Fine/Studio Arts, General2-
Music, General2-
Category total7-
Grand total453107
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2022-2023
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 21
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 6
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $40,241
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $39,920
Athletics Participation
  • Sanction Body: NCAA Division III with football
Varsity Men's and Women's TeamsMenWomen
Baseball31
Basketball1416
Field Hockey25
Football91
Golf1111
Lacrosse5434
Soccer3429
Swimming3434
Tennis1211
Track and Field, Indoor4543
Track and Field, Outdoor4542
Track and Field, X-Country1726
Volleyball17
Wrestling30
Varsity Coed TeamsMenWomen
Equestrian120
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1895)12/31/2029
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schoolsAccredited since ((!)01/01/1923)08/31/2025
 No Longer Recognized  Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programsPreaccredited since (06/11/2012)TBD
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/148335.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape213
d. Fondling615
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary422
j. Motor vehicle theft003
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence101
c. Stalking627
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations101
c. Liquor law violations102
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations382355
c. Liquor law violations116166149
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape213
d. Fondling615
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary202
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence101
c. Stalking325
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations100
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations382354
c. Liquor law violations106147146
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year202020192018
Default rate0.0%0.0%0.4%
Number in default001
Number in repayment239211226
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)