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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. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Washington and Lee University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Washington and Lee University was awarded 50 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is journalism.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Washington and Lee is ranked #25 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 48 colleges in Virginia, Washington and Lee is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Washington and Lee?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Washington and Lee since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 22%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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

At Washington and Lee, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

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

Washington and Lee University has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Washington and Lee the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 88%. That is great when compared to 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 1,860 undergraduates at Washington and Lee with 1,845 being full-time and 15 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 racial-ethnic 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Washington and Lee, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $6,892 a year. That adds up to $27,568 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Washington and Lee make around $76,100 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Washington and Lee graduates 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

Washington and Lee University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Lexington, Virginia. 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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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