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Academics

Founded in 1781, Washington & Jefferson College is a top-notch liberal arts college that offers an integrative education to 1,100 students, preparing students “for life after graduation, whether that be continuing education or getting a job.” There is “a long and deep history that involves a lot of traditions,” such as the college’s signature Magellan Project, which provides funding for students to pursue internships and research to open their eyes to the possibilities that lie beyond the classroom, or the JayTerm that “allows students to take a class abroad with a professor” (88 percent of students take part in at least one realworld experience while at W&J). “First-Year Seminars also include trips off campus” such as “attending a concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,” and “many professors are willing to hold class outside.” There is “a lot of potential for opportunities and employment networking,” and “small class sizes and activities outside of the classroom [allow students] to create trusting and productive networks with the faculty at the college.”

A 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio “is just right and most professors are eager to interact with their students on a one-on-one basis,” creating an environment where they “walk the line of friend and professor…in the best ways possible.” It’s not unusual that “each [professor] knows your name and little details about you,” or comes to “support [you] at sporting events,” and that connection helps to enhance the discussion-based classes, in that there’s “a space where we can share our ideas without feeling insecure about it.” Of course, that’s also due to professors being “passionate about what they teach,” that each class “is designed remarkably well and prepares each student for their respective majors and future careers,” and that instructors “make sure that all the students understand the concepts and are thoroughly set for the exams.”

Student Body

Washington & Jefferson is “a positive environment that draws in students from all over the nation and world.” The majority of the student body “is white, but our school is trying to grow and focus on diversity,” and students often challenge each other “to have productive conversations” about their differences. Everyone “knows everyone because of how small our student body is,” forming a “tight-knit community of people with a lot of different interests, whether that be primarily in academics, arts, sports, or other extracurriculars.” While everyone is motivated, there “is a mixture of people who are more driven and people who are more laid-back.”

Campus Life

“Most students are constantly doing work for school or a job,” but on weekends they “spend time on and off campus, hanging with friends or doing events.” Foodies will rejoice to know there “are a high number of chain restaurants and local restaurants” within a fiveminute drive, and for those who want to explore, the Pittsburgh Pipeline shuttle offers free trips into the city. “Leadership on campus is really strong among student organizations” and there’s “a weekly calendar of different events that are happening, ranging from concerts to escape rooms.” Everyone “is very involved on campus” and there is “a lot of school spirit [so] you’ll always see people in the student section supporting their classmates at sports games.” Students “fill their free time with studying, athletic practices, and club meetings in the evening,” and “volunteering with professors for service activities like creek clean-ups.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michelle Heiser
Guest Services Coordinator

Address
60 South Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301

Phone
724-503-1001 x6025

Email
guestservices@washjeff.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Hub (Student Center)
Ross Family Recreation Center
Rossin Campus Center / George & Tom's
Clark Family Library
The Ski Lodge / X'Prezz'O

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Southside Works (biking trail, shopping, movie theatre, restaurants)
Carnegie Museums
Pittsburgh's Historic Market District
The Cultural District (theatres/live performances)
Tanger Outlets (shopping)
Professional Sports (Steelers/Pirates/Penguins)

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
guestservices@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, Freedom Transit and Metro Bus Service, Pittsburgh International Airport, Greyhound bus station in Pittsburgh, Amtrak Pittsburgh, student-run airport shuttle service, college shopping shuttles to local businesses, 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 to the traffic light. 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. Exit and 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. Exit and bear right to the traffic light. 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) proceed for 1.3 miles, then turn LEFT onto College Street (one-way). Remain in the left lane and turn LEFT at the next stoplight onto Wheeling Street (two-way). Continue STRAIGHT through the next stoplight and proceed down the hill to the Burnett Center (gray stone building) on your right. Turn RIGHT into the drive just behind the Burnett Center, then RIGHT onto Grant Street. The Taylor lot will be immediately on your LEFT.

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, Hyatt Place Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Marriott SpringHill Suites, Rush House Bed & Breakfast, The George Washington Hotel

Admissions

Applicants: 3,414
Acceptance Rate: 88%
Average HS GPA: 3.50







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