Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts university situated in the Appalachian town of Lexington, Virginia. Established as Augusta Academy in 1749, George Washington gave an endowment in 1796, and subsequently the academy was renamed after our first president. Legendary military leader and Confederate General Robert E. Lee was president of the school after the Civil War up until his death, after which Washington & Lee University was born.
The school motto is adapted from the Lee family: Nōn Incautus Futūrī, meaning “Not unmindful of the future.”
With a little over 2000 undergraduate students, the university atmosphere is quaint and intimate. Because of its history and closeness to the nation’s capital, generations of “Generals” have gone through its doors. As the oldest state in the union, Virginia has an incredible amount of established public and private post-secondary educational institutions.Washington & Lee is among good company with the likes of preppy rivals University of Virginia, Hampden-Sydney, and William & Mary.
Known for its District of Coluumbian fields of economics, politics, and law, each and every class if taught by a faculty member and not a graduate or teaching assistant. This has recognized W&L with high marks in professor accessibility and overall academia, along with being place in the Top 25 by US News and Report and Forbes Magazines for liberal undergraduate colleges. With less than 20% undergraduate acceptance rate, W&L is as rigorous as it is rewarding in its college experience.
Washington and Lee Fight Song: “Swing”
Come cheer for Washington and Lee,
We’re going to win another victory!
The White and Blue we will ever wave in triumph
For the University. RAH! RAH! RAH!
Fight to the finish we are with you,
Break through the line on every play;
Rush the ball on down the field
And we will win this game today.
When Washington and Lee’s men fall in line,
We’re going to win again another time;
For W&L I yell, I yell, I yell,
And for the University, I yell, like hell!
And we will fight! fight! fight! for every yard;
Circle the ends and hit that line right hard!
And we will roll those Wahoos on the sod!
Yes, by God! RAH! RAH! RAH!
I’ve visited the campus twice with most recently this past summer. It truly is a beautiful school with manicured greens and traditional Federal architecture. Alvin-Dennis, the hometown clothier I featured before, is a short walk from the campus.