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Washington and Jefferson College is a private institution that was founded in 1781. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,457, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Washington and Jefferson College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 90. Its tuition and fees are $38,310 (2012-13).
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Washington & Jefferson College offers an exceptional liberal arts education, having been ranked first in the country (per capita) for producing attorneys and third in the country for producing physicians. Routinely, 90 percent of our applicants to medical and law schools are admitted. More than 90 percent of seniors seeking employment find work or admission to graduate school before graduation.
W&J offers students a personalized learning experience -- over 70 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, professors hold classes in their homes, help students develop advanced research agendas, and attend athletic events to cheer for teams. In addition, alumni around the world offer students networking opportunities in nearly every discipline.
The result is student achievement of the highest caliber. Our students land research internships at The Pasteur Institute, The Mayo Clinic, and Los Alamos Labs, to name a few. W&J challenges its students by giving them sending them to national meetings where their research is presented alongside that of professional researchers, graduate students, and faculty from other institutions.
More than half of our students take advantage of more than 40 study abroad programs in countries such as Australia, China, France, Germany, Spain, and South Africa. W&J students put their liberal arts educations to work, testing their professional aspirations in the real world while becoming global citizens. W&Js nationally recognized Magellan Project won the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for innovation in study abroad. W&J also received the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award from NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, for an initiative that contributes to comprehensive campus internationalization. Named for the late Senator Paul Simon (D-Ill.), the award recognizes outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization.
The Intersession term, a distinctive feature of our 4-1-4 academic calendar, allows students to take one course, intensively, during the month of January. They may travel to London to study theatre, camp out in Africa to watch animals migrate, or stay on campus to design robots or study with a prize-winning journalist.
W&J students study hard, but they are also active outside of the classroom. Nearly 41% of students belong to Greek organizations. With close proximity to Pittsburgh, students frequently travel to the city on college-run vans to see pro sports events, shop, eat in fine restaurants, attend theatre or ballet performances, or listen to renowned speakers.
W&J has been honored numerous times with the President's Honor Roll for Community Service with Distinction; students volunteer more than 15,000 hours a year in service to our community. They raise money for cancer research, volunteer at the Humane Society, read to first graders and to the blind, and help staff the Washington Women's Shelter.
W&J also has a strong tradition of producing student athletes. The College fields 24 intercollegiate sports and is still the smallest college ever to compete in the Rose Bowl, battling California to a scoreless tie in 1922. Student athletes from W&J include Dan Towler, Charlie West (the first African-American QB in the Rose Bowl game) and legendary coaches such as John Heisman.
With about 12,000 living alumni, W&J has graduated leaders in almost every field, from architecture to zoology. The College boasts civic leaders like James G. Blaine (1847), who served as secretary of state and ran for president three times; as well as pioneers such as Joseph Walker, who made the first NASA x-15 flight and was the first to pilot the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle; and Jesse Lazear, who studied yellow fever in Cuba with Walter Reed. W&J also educated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell '81 and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl '03, at the time of his election the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city.
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When applying to Washington and Jefferson College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are January 15 and December 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Washington and Jefferson College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 43.0 percent and an early acceptance rate of 57.7 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||43.0%|
|Application deadline||March 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Washington and Jefferson College is 11:1, and the school has 70.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Washington and Jefferson College include: Business/Commerce, General; Psychology, General; English Language and Literature, General; Accounting; and Economics, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||70|
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Washington and Jefferson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,457, with a gender distribution of 50.1 percent male students and 49.9 percent female students. At this school, 91.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9.0 percent of students live off campus. Washington and Jefferson College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Washington and Jefferson College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Washington and Jefferson College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Washington and Jefferson College, 79 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Washington and Jefferson College.
|Students who have cars on campus||79%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Washington and Jefferson College, 76.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,845.
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|Tuition and fees||$38,310 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,960 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data