For High School Counselors

School Counselor Resources

We work closely with school counselors to support student college applications. To make this process as easy as possible, we've assembled resources you may find helpful. You may also complete the below form to ask questions of our staff and to add yourself and your school to our list of partners.


Connect with W&L

A Letter to Counselors

We know that Washington and Lee is one college among the myriad you encourage your students to consider, so we do not take your engagement with us lightly. We wish to affirm our shared professional values: helping students access and afford a college education.

Contact W&L Admissions

We appreciate the opportunity to build relationships with school counselors and we welcome communication at any point in our admissions cycle. We consider such communication to serve a dual purpose: a school counselor can provide updates and contextualizing information for the admissions committee to consider, while admissions officers can share W&L program information, admissions and class profile data to support counselors’ ongoing work with students and families. We look forward to hearing from you.

Admissions Programs

We seek academically talented, curious and engaged students from around the world.

Lexington, VA

In-Person Campus Visit

Register for a campus visit experience, including a student-led campus tour and an information session with an admissions counselor. Rising high school seniors may also schedule an interview.

Engage Online

Virtual Visit Opportunities

There are plenty of ways to interact with and learn about W&L without visiting Lexington. We encourage you to explore the resources below to explore our campus and W&L's abundant opportunities.

Visit for DIVE

Student Fly-In Programs

The Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE) is a selective, all-expense paid fly-in program for curious, committed, high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds. Offered several times throughout the year, the DIVE program will introduce you to everything that W&L has to offer.

44 Students Each Year

The Johnson Scholarship

Johnson Scholarships are awarded to approximately 10% of each entering class. Winners of the Johnson Scholarship receive awards of at least full tuition, room and board to attend Washington and Lee University. Students with financial need higher than this amount will have any additional need met by the scholarship.

Applying to W&L

A Word About Standardized Tests

W&L is test-optional for first-year undergraduate applicants to the Class of 2028 and will continue to be test-optional for first-year applicants during the 2023-24 application cycle. For more information, please read our page on standardized testing.

The Applicant Review Process

We are looking for an exceptional group of 460 - 470 students who are curious, passionate about learning and will enliven our classrooms, who will excel on the playing fields and in the arts, who will produce high quality newspapers and magazines and who will participate in the 100+ clubs and student organizations on our campus.

Information for Counselors

Counselor Visit Program

We are pleased to host a bi-yearly program for school and community-based organization counselors to provide an introduction to our distinctive community. Typically held in late fall, the three-day program allows counselors to experience our tight-knit campus and personalized education, meet current students and support staff, explore the town of Lexington and engage one another in the issues that unite our collective work. Please email our main address to be added to the mailing list for future programs.

College Access Partnerships

We are honored to be partnered with national and regional college access organizations and initiatives. Learn more about the organizations we partner with.

Counselors who create a account are able to monitor their student's applications through W&L's admissions process. You'll be able to see your students' application status, missing or required items, and upload materials (such as letters of recommendations or test scores).