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A Tight-Knit Community On Campus: Washington & Jefferson College

By December 19, 2023 No Comments

Fast Facts:

Location: Washington, Pennsylvania
Size: Approximately 1,100 undergraduate students
Known for: Business Administration, Accounting, Psychology, Political Science, and Biology
Rankings: #89 National Liberal Arts Colleges, #48 Best Value Schools (US News & World Report)

Are you interested in a small tight-knit community that still offers plenty of opportunities during and after college? Do you love a small town vibe, but want proximity to a larger city? Here are some reasons you may want to consider Washington and Jefferson!

High population of students who go on to earn professional degrees.

If you’re interested in a pre-professional path, you’ll be in good company. W&J has one of the highest proportions of students who go onto medical school among US colleges and universities! Many students also go on to earn their JD or MBA degrees. For this reason, business-oriented and science majors are among the most popular.

Generous financial aid.

It pays to be an out-of-state student! In addition to generous financial aid (both merit and need-based), out-of-state students are granted a $2,000 per year scholarship that renews over four years. Students are also eligible for a $1,000 per year grant for visiting campus or attending a live virtual event.

Opportunities of internships and research.

For students interested in summer internships or research opportunities, the Magellan Project provides funding for 100 students to pursue a self-designed project involving domestic or international travel. This opportunity is indicative of students’ natural curiosity and drive to learn, which W&J encourages and supports.

Greek life.

W&J students enjoy a vibrant campus social scene, particularly within the Greek system. While approximately 25% of students are involved in Greek life, you will not be the odd one out if you choose not to partake. Due to the campus’ small size and location, there are a diverse array of events and activities sponsored by Greek life and other student organizations.

Small town meets big city.

Finally, W&J’s location offers the best of both worlds. Washington, Pennsylvania is a small town of approximately 13,000 residents, furthering the tight-knit community feel on campus. Pittsburgh is only 30 minutes away and offers big city attractions like sports games, concerts, and internships.