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Washington and Lee University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Washington and Lee University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Washington and Lee offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Washington and Lee University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Washington and Lee University was awarded 77 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is journalism.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Washington and Lee as #25 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Washington and Lee also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

See all of the rankings for Washington and Lee University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Washington and Lee?

Acceptance Rate

Washington and Lee University has a very low acceptance rate of 22%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Washington and Lee just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 35% of students accepted to Washington and Lee submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 740. Math scores were between 670 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Washington and Lee University  ( 680 to 740 )

SAT Math Scores for Washington and Lee University  ( 670 to 750 )
Washington and Lee received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Washington and Lee University  ( 31 to 33 )

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Washington and Lee University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Washington and Lee it is much better at 8 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Washington and Lee University is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Washington and Lee University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Washington and Lee University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Washington and Lee for first-time, full-time students is 88%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Washington and Lee

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,827 undergraduates at Washington and Lee with 1,823 being full-time and 4 being part-time.

Washington and Lee Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 94.42 out of 100, Washington and Lee is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  94.42 out of 100
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How Much Does Washington and Lee University Cost?

The overall average net price of Washington and Lee is $27,083. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Washington and Lee

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$706 $1,920 $7,039 $14,439 $41,186

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Washington and Lee, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Washington and Lee, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $7,284 a year. That adds up to $29,136 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Washington and Lee is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Washington and Lee Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee make about $76,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Washington and Lee students since it is 91% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Washington and Lee University make the most money.

Location of Washington and Lee University

Located in Lexington, Virginia, Washington and Lee University is a private not-for-profit institution. Lexington is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of Washington and Lee University

Contact details for Washington and Lee are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 204 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450-2116
Phone: 540-458-8400

Washington and Lee University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from Washington and Lee University. Of these students, 564 received undergraduate degrees and 110 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 84 $54,000
Business Administration & Management 70 $53,000
Political Science & Government 54 $39,500
Accounting 42 $62,100
History 33 NA
General Biology 27 NA
Mathematics 20 NA
Computer Science 20 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 18 NA
Child Development & Psychology 15 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Washington and Lee University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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