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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

The University and the Office of Development

Washington and Lee is a private, liberal arts university nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in Lexington, Virginia. One of the nation's top 20 liberal arts colleges, it is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning tracing its founding back to 1749. The University is comprised of three divisions, a graduate School of Law and two undergraduate divisions-the College and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.  Learn more about the history of Washington and Lee and its outstanding students, faculty and programs.

W&L's Colonnade: A National Historic Landmark

Washington and Lee ranks in the Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities measured by endowment per student. The University's endowment currently has a market value of over $840 million. Major gift dollars are on the rise; gifts and pledges in the year ending June 30, 2013 totaled more than $39 million.  The unrestricted Annual Fund has enjoyed record results over the last several years and ended the 2012-13 fiscal year with an increase of 10% to $8.7 million.  Undergraduate participation in giving to the University increased to 53.7% toward a goal of reaching at least 55% by June 30, 2015.  The University has raised $424 million toward its $500 million capital campaign goal. The campaign began on July 1, 2008 and is scheduled to conclude on June 30, 2015.

Washington and Lee was one of two colleges and universities nationally to be recognized with the 2010 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising. The award is given to those schools receiving the CASE-WealthEngine Award for Overall Fundraising Performance three or more times over a five-year period. Washington and Lee received this award in four of the last seven years. The CASE-WealthEngine Award program recognizes educational fundraising programs in the categories of overall performance and overall improvement based on data submitted by the institutions for the Council for Aid to Education's (CAE) Voluntary Support of Education survey. More than 900 institutions nationally are eligible for consideration based on their submission of this data.

We invite you to explore this site to find out more about the Office of University Development and Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee.