Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Washington and Lee University

     Washington and Lee University is a Private arts university located in Lexington, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1749. In the beginning it was regarded as a small classical school named Augusta Academy .later by Scots-Irish Presbyterian pioneers,it was known by Liberty Hall Academy. The University has never claimed any sectarian affiliation. In 1796, George Washington endowed the struggling academy with a gift of stock. In gratitude, the school was renamed for the first United States President. In 1865, after his surrender at Appomattox Court House, General Robert E. Lee served as president of the college until his death in 1870, prompting the college to be renamed as Washington and Lee University.

Known as  the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the second oldest in Virginia, It consists of three academic units: The College; the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; and the School of Law. The school's teams are known as "The Generals" and compete in NCAA Division III in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the Centennial Conference for wrestling. Washington and Lee has 11 men's teams (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and wrestling) and 10 women's teams (basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, riding, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball). In 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Generals football team won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. The Generals baseball team won the NCAA championship in 2009.

Washington and Lee offers Forty two undergraduate majors (including interdisciplinary majors in neuroscience, medieval and Renaissance studies, and Russian area studies) and 22 minors, including interdisciplinary programs in African-American studies, East Asian studies, environmental studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, poverty and human capability studies (Shepherd Program), and women's and gender studies. It is regarded as the best university by many organization such as US US News & World Report, Forbes magazine and so on.