Washington and Lee University Visit Report by FauxNom

Visit to Washington and Lee University in April 2009 by FauxNom
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Very articulate senior admissions officer gave detailed info on the academics, honor code and student life. He seemed to know a lot about his audience within a few minutes.

Campus Tour: Yes - Great tour led by a student from New York; it was really interesting to get the perspective of a student who was urban, northern, liberal and politically active.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We didn't meet many, but everyone - including some cadets from VMI who gave us directions - was incredibly nice and helpful.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Great!



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Gorgeous campus, full of history and tradition.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
They do a good job keeping up those really old buildings - a tough job.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Only saw them from the outside, but they look new and are well located.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I can't imagine a safer feeling campus.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent



Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The town, some nice residential streets, and lots of woodsy areas. Campus is huge if you see all the athletic fields.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Town was very small, with some nice cafes/restaurants and a bunch of cutesy stores. Not a classic college town, but charming.

Campus Visit Notes for Washington and Lee University


Visit Description:

Students had just finished finals and the campus was fairly empty, but W&L admissions still made a huge effort to give us the flavor of the campus. No tour was scheduled for the day we were there, but they found out how many visitors had booked the info session and they rounded up a couple of tour guides. Loved our guide, who was able to tell us about the many activities she's involved in, from politics to sororities to the outdoor club.

Academic program and the 4-4-1 calendar sounded great. Close relationships with profs were emphasized. It's hard to assess the social life from such a brief visit, but there seems to be much to do.

The campus is just gorgeous - kind of like a mini-UVA. It was fun to imagine R.E. Lee living there, and his horse, Traveller, roaming the grounds. I'm so glad we went (way) out of our way to see this place; it's definitely on D's list now.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Stayed at the Omni in Charlottesville, so not too local.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

The Southern Inn was excellent for lunch.