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Washington and Lee University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessC+ Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueF University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB- Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Quite Bright
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Individual Value
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She cares more about Individual Value than the average student.
Date: Apr 07 2005
Major: Economics (This Major's Salary over time)
Like any other school, there are positives and negatives. Washington and Lee is a good school that happens to be extremely small so that each student receives a lot of personal attention. The professors are very approachable and generally very friendly.

That said, there really aren't too many other positive things about the university. Students here are generally extremely close-minded, superficial and cannot be genuine if their life depended on it. There are also extremely big problems with the social scene. Since Lexington is a town of literally no substance, the only entertainment socially are the frat parties. Greek life is such a big part of the campus that it makes it difficult to have a social life if you are not a member of a fraternity or a sorority. This school is also all about cliques. Overall, the atmosphere is almost identical to high school. And remember all those popular people in your high school that pretended to be nice when they obviously thought they were better than you? Well they all came to Washington and Lee.

As far as academics go, this is a good school but it really isn't as great as it is hyped up to be. First of all, it's tucked away in the hills of Virginia so most people have never even heard of it. And while a lot of the students that come here are very bright, many of them are not and some are just downright stupid.

If I could do it over again, I definitely would not have come here. Even my own state school has a better reputation than W&L. So do yourself a favor and look very carefully before you come here. While a certain type of person (rich, white, southern, religious and conservative) can fit in very well here, most people will find a world where guys wear lilac polo shirts and magenta shorts a little too foreign.

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