Washington & Lee University
Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts university in Lexington, Virginia, United States.
The classical school from which Washington and Lee descended was established in 1749 as Augusta Academy, about 20 miles (32ï¿½km) north of its present location. In 1776 it was renamed Liberty Hall in a burst of revolutionary fervor. The academy moved to Lexington in 1780, when it was chartered as Liberty Hall Academy, and built its first facility near town in 1782. The Academy became a college when it granted its first bachelor of arts degree in 1785, making it the ninth oldest institution of higher education in the country.
Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students' capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.
Washington and Lee University is the alma mater of three United States Supreme Court Justices, a Nobel Prize laureate, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, and the Emmy Award, as well as many government officials, judges, business leaders, entertainers, and athletes. Several well-known alumni include United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.; United States Senator John Warner from Virginia; United States Solicitor General John W. Davis, Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States during the 1924 presidential election; author Tom Wolfe, founder of New Journalism; artist Cy Twombly; explorer Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and billionaire Rupert Johnson, Jr. of Franklin Templeton Investments.
Rural, 325 acres (1.32ï¿½km2)