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Washington and Lee University 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Guide

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Washington and Lee University 2019-20 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: 1 essay of 100-250 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why

Please elaborate on how you have familiarized yourself with Washington and Lee University and what led to your decision to apply. This is an optional question but if you choose to answer this question there is a 100-word minimum and 250-word maximum.

Time to do some research! If you haven’t already, set aside an hour or so to get intimately acquainted with the Washington and Lee website, and read up on all of the programs that you find interesting. Or, if you’ve become familiar with the university in some other way, take the time to write down some notes on that particular experience. Having access to as much information as possible before sitting down to write the actual essay will allow you to tell a much more well-rounded and intriguing story about your journey from discovering W&L to applying. Did you first hear about W&L at a college fair? Why did the booth catch your eye? Are you applying because you find ancient languages fascinating, and think the Classics Department at W&L has exactly what you need to further your research? What sort of resources are available to undergrads like you, both socially and academically, and in what ways do you believe these resources will help propel you into your dream career? The more detail you include, the more admissions will be able to learn about you, and the more easily they’ll be able to see why W&L  is the perfect school for you (and vice versa!).

Please note: the information below relates to last year's essay prompts. We are going to update this guide with the prompts for 2021-22 as soon as they become available. Check back soon!
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