Washington and Lee University Visit Report by dancepsychlove

Visit to Washington and Lee University in June 2010 by dancepsychlove
(Student, HS Class of 2011)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:

Admissions Interview: Yes - Fantastic-same professor who gave the info session interviewed me. He was so funny and made me feel very comfortable. We talked about really random things, aside from the normal interview things.

Information Session: Yes - It was given by a professor at the school, and he really covered everything in depth. He was a great speaker and really sold me on the school. I was not bored at all; quite the contrary actually.

Campus Tour: Yes - A very, very attractive W&L student led our tour. He brought us all around campus and was very helpful in telling about his experiences and answering questions (even dumb ones).


Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everyone seemed really friendly! The "speaking tradition" is no myth-a lot of the students said hello to my tour guide. I love it!

Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
They were all very nice and helpful.

Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Brick and white pillars are the face of all of the W&L buildings. The whole state Virginia is intrinsically lush and beautiful, so it was impossible not to like it.

Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
If you go there, check out the science building. The dinosaur hanging from the ceiling was cool. Everything looked clean. They have a lot of GENEROUS alumni-a lot of money goes into that campus!

3 - Good
3 - Good
I didn't actually see the inside, but they looked like normal dorms.

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I'm giving this a 5 just because the tour guide answered my dad's annoying questions about "How many blue lights are there? Is it okay for a female to walk around at night?"

Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I LOVE W&L. I expected nothing out of the campus and didn't even want to visit. But the brick buildings/white pillars are so nice, and the campus seemed very friendly and close-knit.


Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Just beautiful. I could do without the intimidating-looking VMI buildings, but I love the campus area nonetheless.

4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Lexington is a pretty small town, but there's a Walmart near by. It's a typical college town, but there's a lot to do on campus, so I don't think it's a big problem.

Campus Visit Notes for Washington and Lee University

Visit Description:

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about this CampusVibe review thingy.

First, a little background info. I didn't expect to like W&L, in fact, I just reluctantly agreed to visit/interview to appease my dad and to have another school besides the other two I visited during my trip (William and Mary/Davidson). Well. I feel like a stupid idiot because I am now a big fan of W&L!!

My dad and I flew into Roanoke on a Sunday and drove an hour to a hotel near Lexington. We had nothing to do, and it was only about 5pm. So we decided to go to the campus and look around before the visit. My thoughts were, "wow, this is beautiful", but it didn't really tell me anything about the intrinsic worth of the college or about its true atmosphere. It was pretty much dead-there were no people except for a construction worker or two. There was a LOT of construction going on. W&L has some very generous alumni, so they are able to renovate the facilities and make them very nice.

My tour/info session/interview was the next day. I wore business-y clothes, which proved to be smart for the interview but the dark colors were not helpful in the hot weather! I arrived early and they had me fill out a form about my school performance, interests, etc. The info session had only about 7 families, and it was basically just one of the professors talking about the school. He had a real passion for W&L and it made me become interested. Then was the tour...led by one of the cutest guys I have ever seen. Of course, when he asked me where I was from and what I might want to major in, I blushed and sputtered, "Uh..umm...Chicago..I like psychology...um..yeah." Plus my dad had to be there with me, and of course, there was no shortage of stupid questions. "Are there any problems with females walking around at night? How many blue lights are there? Are they all around campus? Is there more to do than drink?" Well, how is the tour guide supposed to answer the question? "Females are not safe. They will be raped. Errbody is gettin' crunk like ke$ha"? The tour guide was very helpful, though, aside from his beautiful face...he told us all about his W&L experiences, the good and the bad.

Then came the interview. I was freaked out because it was my first college interview, ever. But then I relaxed as soon as I saw it was the goofy professor who gave the information session. HE WAS SO COOL! He made me feel very comfortable! He spent the first ten minutes talking about his one-lensed glasses. He told me all about his love for W&L and what really sets the school apart. He sold me. He then brought my dad in and talked to the both of us. It lasted an hour and a half-the interview only, I mean. So it went really really well. That's all I really can say in this little description box-if you're interested in knowing more, please PM me.

Seriously, visit for yourself. I LOVED everything I saw there, and plan to apply there.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. It was fine, nothing special or anything. It was okay for just sleeping. If you want nice though, go somewhere else.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

There are a few cute restaurants in downtown Lexington. I happened to go to the Southern Inn and had a really good pasta dish with grilled chicken in it. The Palms was good for lunch as well.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Parking at W&L is fairly easy-use the Admissions parking lot, the main entrance one, or the parking garage by the football field.