Washington & Jefferson College is a small, elite school known for its “academic rigor” and “prestigious reputation.” In addition to two conventional semesters, the college also features a unique intercession period in January, “which allows for a month of focused learning on a topic that is often much different than something…offered during a semester, including travel and topics of specific interest to professors.” Professors bring their passion to the classroom on a regular basis; students say that they are “very interactive and enjoy the small class sizes and getting to know each student’s personality.”

Overview

Applicants
7,094
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 610
SAT Math
520 - 620
ACT Composite
22 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Washington & Jefferson College is a small, elite school known for its “academic rigor” and “prestigious reputation.” In addition to two conventional semesters, the college also features a unique intercession period in January, “which allows for a month of focused learning on a topic that is often much different than something…offered during a semester, including travel and topics of specific interest to professors.” Professors bring their passion to the classroom on a regular basis; students say that they are “very interactive and enjoy the small class sizes and getting to know each student’s personality.” “Professors are there because they love to teach and will go the extra mile for students.” “They are very knowledgeable and are very accessible outside of class,” and personal connections with professors “oftentimes leads to internships or research projects” for undergraduate students. In general, the college is excellent at providing students with ample opportunities to prepare for their futures. It boasts “a great reputation for graduate school preparation” and has an “impeccable record at placing students in medical, graduate, and law schools.” Additionally, there are “so many opportunities with alumni relations.” The study abroad office is also excellent, and there are many opportunities for students to develop their own research projects overseas or at home with funding from the Magellan Project. In short, students think that “a degree from Washington & Jefferson College is valuable.” The academics here are “very demanding, but the opportunities that you will get both during and after your time there are unmatched.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
154
with Terminal Degree
116

83
Men
71
Women
20
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Roger Goodell ('81)
NFL Commissioner

M. Gerald Schwartzbach (`66)
Defense attorney who originated the battered woman defense

John Reed ('60)
Former CEO of Citibank and President of NYSE

Richard Clark ('68)
Former CEO of Merck

Dr. Dennis Slamon ('70)
Discovered Herceptin, the breast cancer drug

Reynold (Pete) Mooney (`79)
Global Managing Dir., Deloitte & Touche

James G. Blaine ('47)
U.S. Secretary of State; U.S. Speaker of the House

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,950

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,270

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,440

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
82%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,125

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,722
Required Fees
$560
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,910
Transportation for Commuters
$200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students at Washington & Jefferson College tend to have “similar backgrounds, beliefs, and morals.” A typical student “works hard in the classroom and is serious about getting good grades but likes to go out and have fun on weekends with friends.” Students tend to be “athletic, sporty, smart,” “well-off financially,” and “relatively preppy.” However, students are also noted for being very social, as well as “extremely friendly and helpful.” Many students are a part of Greek life, and many are “student athletes who seem to balance sports and academics with much success.” Some say, “It would be nicer to have more of a range of ethnic and social backgrounds” at the college, and the administration is making small but sure strides to increase diversity on campus. The typical student at W&J is focused on his or her course work; he or she is “also involved outside of the classroom in clubs, athletics, Greek Life, or one of a variety of other things the school has to offer.” The students here “have a common goal to be successful in life,” and with this goal in mind, everyone works together to form a tight-knit community and “gets along pretty well.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,362
Out of State
23%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

2.54%
Asian
3.38%
African-American
3.00%
Hispanic
85.01%
Caucasian
2.84%
Unknown
4.61%
International

49% female
51% male
23% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Student life at Washington & Jefferson College is a “good balance of schoolwork, athletics, and fun.” The “beautiful, small campus” is home to a “friendly, warm,” “family-like environment,” where the emphasis is placed on the well-being of the students. It is “easy to get involved and be active in campus organizations.” Greek life is extremely popular on campus, as are sports and club activities. Students “study hard during the week, but party hard on the weekends.” “Parties are regular on weekends,” but alternatively, the school also “provides multiple activities over the weekends—especially for students who do not drink.” “There are always music, art, speakers, and events” on campus. “A lot of students…will attend these, but most are more likely to party for fun.” Some students complain, “There needs to be more to do on campus on the weekends,” and the school is trying to respond to this demand by “working hard to produce more student activities, such as bringing in great bands for concerts” to campus. Washington & Jefferson’s home city of Washington “isn’t ideal” for college students, but student services provides a shuttle to and from nearby Pittsburgh on the weekends, which can be “a great escape from the close-knit campus community.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
71
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
71
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

37% join a fraternity
40% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

28% participate in intramural sports
35% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Presidents)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Presidents)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.washjeff.edu/student-organizations

Minority Support Groups: www.washjeff.edu/BSU

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pittsburgh

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
27

Average Number of PC's per Lab
28

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, JourneyEd.com, Apple, IBM

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Erin McGarry
Visitor Services Coordinator

Address
60 South Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301

Phone
724-223-6025

Email
visitorservices@washjeff.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Hub (Student Center)
Swanson Wellness Center
Technology Center
Rossin Campus Center/George & Tom's
The Ski Lodge/Barista

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Southside Works (biking trail, shopping, movie theatre, restaurants)
Carnegie Museums
The Strip District, Pittsburgh's historic market district
Cultural District (theatres/live performances)
Washington Crown Center (movies, shopping, restaurants)
Professional Sports (Steelers/Pirates/Penguins); Trinity Point and Tanger Outlets, Washington (shopping/dining). W&J offers the "Pittsburgh Pipeline" which shuttles students to popular Pittsburgh destinations on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies yearly

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Students can contact Admissions or the coach directly.

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@washjeff.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, bus, Pittsburgh International Airport, Greyhound bus station in Pittsburgh, Amtrak into Pittsburgh, student-run airport shuttle service, college shopping shuttles to local businesses (two times a week), college weekend shuttles into Pittsburgh Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North - Take Interstate 79 south to Interstate 70 east/79 south to Exit 20, Beau Street. Exit and bear right around the loop. Turn left at the traffic light and follow Beau Street to the College. (See directions below for PA Route 136 west.) From the South - Take Interstate 79 north to Interstate 70 west/79 north to Exit 20, Beau Street. Make a left from the exit ramp. Turn left at the traffic light and follow Beau Street to the College. (See directions below for PA Route 136 west.) From the East - Take Interstate 70 west to Exit 20, Beau Street. Make a left from the exit ramp. Turn left at the traffic light and follow Beau Street to the College. (See directions below for PA Route 136 west.) From the West - Interstate 70 east to Exit 20, Beau Street. Make a right from the exit ramp. Turn left at the traffic light and follow Beau Street to the College. (See directions below for PA Route 136 west.) PA Route 136 West - Traveling on PA 136 west (Beau Street) you will proceed for 1.3 miles. Turn left at the fourth light onto College Street (one-way), remain in the left lane; proceed 1 block and turn left at the light onto Wheeling Street (two-way); proceed one block and turn left at the light onto South Lincoln Street (one-way), remain in the left lane. The Visitor's Parking Lot is on the left at the midpoint of the block.

Local Accommodations
Cambria Suites, Candlewood Suites, Comfort Inn Washington/Comfort Inn Meadowlands, Country Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton Meadowlands, Grammy Roses Bed & Breakfast, Hampton Inn Washington/Hampton Inn Meadowlands, Holiday Inn Express, Marriott SpringHill Suites, Ramada Inn, Red Roof Inn, Rush House Bed & Breakfast, The George Washington Hotel
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Key Stats

7,094
Applicants
1,362
Size
42%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

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