College Junior 2013-12-02T21:55:02Z
Great southern weather. Warm-hot in the late spring, summer, and early fall, and cold in the winter, with occasional snow. Winter is sometimes a bit depressing, as it's often just gray cold and rainy, but with the infrequent snow, Lexington and campus are beautiful.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:53:51Z
Parking, both on campus and off, isn't great, but unless you're living in the country, town is small enough that you won't need a car to get to campus. Bikes are great and parking for bikes is unlimited! Poor parking near campus and parking permits are expensive and limited to those outside of a half mile radius of campus, but cars to get too and from campus are unnecessary unless you actually live that far out.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:52:05Z
Being a D3 school, you can't really expect much more. The teams are all fairly well supported by the student body and the faculty, though the facilities are lacking. Being a former varsity athlete, I can speak to the subpar quality of many facilities, including the weight room (shared by students and student-athletes) and other facilities. However, the school is currently campaigning to update all athletic facilities in the coming years, though no current students will see these updates. Once the updates are completed (2018-2019) it will be great. However, W&L is lacking in these areas now.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:49:08Z
While the students and the school are very open to diversity of all sorts, the school is almost completely white. The school is taking (noticeably forced) efforts at increasing diversity, but being the southern school that W&L is, it's a strained effort.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:47:12Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Safety keeps campus safe without being too overbearing, as long as you use common sense. The Honor System helps keep the community safe from thefts and other such crimes too. The town is a bit sketchier, especially at night, especially in certain areas, but as long as you're with friends when walking around after parties you will be fine.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:45:43Z
Greek life is king at W&L, but unfortunately very expensive. From a guy's perspective, the Greek life has something to offer to anyone, and everyone can find a fraternity that they can feel like they can truly be a part of, but there's no real consequence to being independent, other than missing out on frat formals and things of similar nature. It's incredibly pricy however, to the point where many, including myself, have been forced to deactivate from their various Greek organizations for financial reasons.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:43:02Z
W&L is one of the only liberal arts schools of its kind in the country with a Journalism and Mass Communications department like ours. While it might not necessarily be the strongest in all regards, graduates have a high rate of success. Most professors are very accommodating and helpful and know what they're talking about. They all have great experience in their individual fields. However, the Mass Communications major is going to change soon to Strategic Communications, so it will be interesting to see what happens with that.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:43:02Z
Academics here are great. Very challenging, but it's a great academic environment. All classes are taught by professors, with TA assistance in a few (native language speakers in foreign language classes, science students helping in labs). Most professors are very demanding and make you work hard for your A, but it's worth it. They are also very helpful and mostly open to discussion whenever they are in their office.
College Junior 2013-12-02T21:37:22Z
Guys & Girls:
Very homogenous for the most part, though there is some variety if you're looking for it. More often than not though, you're going to see girls dressed the same, talking the same, acting the same, and just generally being the same.
College Junior 2013-12-02T20:59:18Z
Availability of computers in the lab is great, and I know of people that get by without having laptops of their own. It is nice to have one though, especially if you're living in a Greek house or off campus. ITS isn't so great, however. The wifi network is sufficient, as one could only expect from a University, but it can be very difficult and frustrating at times, especially when you need it most.
College Junior 2013-12-02T20:51:46Z
Peer pressure to drink, while it may seem high, is rather low. If you don't want to drink, that's on you. No one will judge you for it. Drugs are available if you want to find them, but they're not especially prevalent.
College Junior 2013-12-02T20:50:32Z
If the typical basement frat party scene is your idea of a good Friday night, you're in for a good time. There is no nightlife in Lexington outside of frat parties. On campus and off campus frat parties are fun, but can get old after a year or two.
College Junior 2013-12-02T20:48:52Z
Living off campus is a great time, lots of fun, freedom is nice, but the land lords like to jack the prices up cooperatively, because they know they can. Most students want to live off campus if they can, so the land lords charge what they want and get away with it.
College Junior 2013-12-02T20:46:05Z
As long as you use common sense, you'll be ok.
College Junior 2013-12-02T20:45:03Z
Tong Dynasty is great, Solerno's is good, but expensive. Dining on main street is great, but incredibly pricy. Bar scene is incredibly lacking, fast food options are pretty good though, especially with Sheetz here and Cook Out on the way.
College Sophomore 2013-09-11T02:10:30Z
10% of the school is full-ride from the Johnson scholarship alone.
Alot of kids who need the aid get it.
College Sophomore 2013-09-11T02:08:44Z
If you want it you can get it, the school comes down on it pretty hard when caught.
College Sophomore 2013-07-31T21:53:28Z
Mooch off someone else's car if you can. Parking isn't that expensive, but it's the furthest part on campus from any dorm rooms. That said, the school is very small, but the freshman lot is on a huge hill. Also, if you are a freshman, do NOT park anywhere BUT the Freshman lot for over an hour. You will get ticketed, you will get towed, and that ain't fun. I've done it myself.
College Sophomore 2013-07-31T21:48:44Z
The average student at Washington and Lee doesn't need financial aid, their parents make enough that it doesn't matter. That being said, the Financial Aid office is rarely used and hassle to deal with. I worked there for a year, the people are so sweet and kind and helpful, but they are not altogether there. Your documents could easily get lost, so keep duplicates ready to be sent last minute. Their due dates on a lot of things are flexible, but don't push it if you want to stay on their good side. Also, don't expect a lot. My parents make about $60,000 a year and we were told we could afford $20,000 a year in tuition. Ouch.
College Sophomore 2013-03-03T07:42:21Z
Freshmen have to park at the back of campus, probably a 10 minute walk from the dorms. Not too bad, but definitely a little inconvenient. But it's worth having a car on campus to go to Walmart, drive to the quirky Lexington "hot spots", or escape to Roanoke for shopping.
College Freshman 2013-02-27T03:26:35Z
The abundance of internships available combined with the great relationship with professors makes W&L above all.
College Freshman 2013-02-27T03:24:12Z
The computers are very easy to access. I have never had to wait to access a computer.
College Freshman 2013-02-27T03:22:43Z
85% Greek Life at Washington and Lee; therefore, nothing beats my college!
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T23:20:50Z
The school is obviously making an effort to increase diversity and that's fine. The problem is people's reception to the diverse students. Half of the student populace still regards minorities as criminals, mathematicians, misers, and any other stereotype they may have been assigned by who knows who but the other half absolutely loves "you" for your diversity. Sometimes, this even extends all the way to "le lit." (Google translate)
College Sophomore 2013-01-16T23:16:51Z
Guys & Girls:
The girls are very attractive but all dress the same. Also, they seem to only like boys that are muscular--more like ripped out of their minds--or dressed "all prep everything." I will not comment on the race they prefer.
The guys are average and dress for the girls. A typical day's dress is grapefruit pink pastel shorts with a pastel-colored shirt (it appears that the shirt is not allowed to match with the shorts so you see combos like pastel pink and pastel orange.) Besides looking like frozen dairy treats the boys don't have any special preference in their girls. Rail thin, with a cute face and a rack is the normal desire but I have met so many guys that like so many different types....any girl will fit in.
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