Washington and Lee University Visit Report by Motherdear
Admissions Interview: Yes - W&L interviews the prospective for about an hour. Parents should be prepared to be asked into the interview for about the last 10 minutes. Dress professionally. This is not a casual campus.
Information Session: Yes - W&L is a small LAC (1800 undergraduates) so the information sessions are were held in the Rare Book Room in one of the older buildings as opposed to a big lecture hall.
Campus Tour: Yes - We didn't have time to take a formal tour in November but met with a current student from our hometown who took us around. When we went back in April we did take the admissions tour. The campus was pristine and beautiful even in chilly November.
Classroom Visit: Yes - My kid sat in Political Science classes (different ones) both times with 2 different professors. Classes are no bigger than 50 and the classes the student actually attended were around 30.
Campus Visit Notes for Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee has an Honor Code that was instituted by President Lee in the late 1860s. It is fairly similar to the USMA Honor Code and is taken very seriously.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
There are many hotels just north of Lexington on an I-64, Route 11 exit. From these hotels, it takes 5 minutes to get to the school.
One of the nicest hotels is the Hampton Inn Col Alto. This hotel is in town and in the best Hampton Inn I have seen.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Lots of cheap eats in town. Clean, medium-scale/cost establishments. NO Starbucks!
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Lexington is 3 hours from DC. It is an easy drive on West I-66 and South I-81. Although there is no major airport nearby, a lot of students seem to come from Houston. Roanoke is about an hour away, Richmond 2-2.5 hours