See what students say:


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.” Students feel that there is a very “open learning environment,” and that “as the class levels increase, so does the amount of open discussion.” The professors “want the students to learn” and “are willing to meet with students at any point to discuss how to better their education.” “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 “tons of grants to do a research project abroad or to do internships across the U.S” or overseas with funding from the Magellan Project.

Student Body

At Washington & Jefferson, “while every student is generally friendly and will help you, interaction between different kinds of people is still limited and at times, the student body can be cliquish,” and the average student is a “white upper middle class republican Christian,” although there is a “growing number of international students.” While many students are “truly good, smart, open-minded people,” there are “a few religious bigots who are rich and feel elite.” 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.” 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.”

Campus Life

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.” Students “study hard during the week, but party hard on the weekends,” however, 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. 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.” A few students also feel that the Greek life on campus is a bit too prevalent. 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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Anna Koffler
Visitor Services Coordinator

60 South Lincoln Street
Washington, PA 15301



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
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

Information Sessions

varies yearly

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Students can contact Admissions or the coach directly.

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


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


Applicants: 2,806
Acceptance Rate: 82%
Average HS GPA: 3.71



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