PROFILE

Washington & Jefferson College

About Washington & Jefferson College


For two and a half centuries, Washington & Jefferson College has provided a first-rate liberal arts education that is both broad and practical, preparing students as ethical leaders poised for professional success. Located just south of Pittsburgh, PA, W&J is proud to foster an environment where students engage their intellectual capabilities, allowing them to find their voice and pursue their passions. At W&J, we connect students with the real world so they can build networks and position themselves for success. The W&J experience stands apart by emphasizing continuous professional preparation and the development of leaders committed to a standard of uncommon integrity. We empower our students to assume roles of leadership throughout campus, and we lead the way in integrating professional readiness with intellectual engagement. We foster a supportive, diverse culture where all members of our campus community are valued, included, and able to realize their full potential.

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About Our Students

FALL 2021 ADMISSIONS   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2021.


Middle 50% SAT Range for Freshman Class   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Washington & Jefferson College no longer requires applicants to submit test scores (SAT or ACT) as a part of the admission process. Academic success at Washington & Jefferson College is driven by engagement with distinguished faculty, involvement in the classroom, diligent study habits, and a strong desire to excel. Testing is only one of many measures of potential academic success and often not the strongest. Students who choose the score-optional application alternative will be given full consideration, with no disadvantage for admission.

Mathematics 530 - 640
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 520 - 660

The SAT has two sections (SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and SAT Math), each scored on a scale of 200-800. In the ranges provided for each section below, 25% of freshmen admitted to this institution in the fall of 2021 scored the same as or lower than the first number. Fifty percent of admitted freshmen received scores between the two numbers given, and 25% of admitted freshmen received a score the same as or higher than the second number provided for each section.

Freshmen Returning for Sophomore Year
77.8%

FALL 2021 ENROLLMENT   Numbers are for degree-seeking undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Graduate Student: A student that holds a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. Students formerly designated as first-professional students are now captured in the graduate student enrollment numbers.

Average High School GPA of the Freshman Class
3.54

FALL 2021 FRESHMAN CLASS
GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE   Percentages are for the origins of first-time freshmen enrolled in the fall of 2021.

GENDER: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

Women 49%
Men 51%

DIVERSITY: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

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What Students Pay

Price of Attendance in 2021 - 2022   Note: Numbers are estimates only for full-time undergraduate students living on campus in academic year 2021 - 2022. Room & Board: This figure assumes double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or the maximum meal plan). Books and Supplies: These costs include the average cost of books and supplies for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Unusual costs for special groups of students (for example, engineering or art majors) are not included unless they constitute a majority of the students at the institution. Transportation: These costs include two round trips per year to the hometown of a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Other Expenses: These expenses include average costs for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus, for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.

At Washington & Jefferson College, we are committed to removing the financial obstacles with scholarships, grants, and financial assistance. Because together we thrive, we seek to understand your particular financial situation and explore all of your options for paying for college with you.

Estimated Tuition & Fees$50,192
Estimated Room & Board$13,524
Estimated Books & Supplies$1,000
Estimated Transportation$200
Other Expenses$1,000

Percent of Freshmen Receiving Aid by Type   Note: Percentages are for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2021 - 2022. Federal Grants: These monies include Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants made by the U.S. Department of Education as well as need-based and merit-based educational assistance funds and training vouchers from other federal agencies. State/Local Grants: These monies include grants provided by the state to the institution through the LEAP program as well as state merit scholarships and tuition and fee waivers. Local grants are any local government grants, scholarship, or gift-aid awarded directly to the student. Institutional Grants: These monies include scholarships and fellowships funded by the institution and/or individual departments. Also included are tuition and fee waivers and athletic scholarships from the institution. Student Loans: These monies include subsidized and unsubsidized loans made directly to the student, including Perkins Loans. Also included are institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans for which the student is the designated borrower and funds go through the institution. PLUS and other loans for which the parent is the designated borrower are excluded.

Use Our Net Price Calculator   An institution's Net Price Calculator provides an individualized estimate of the net price of attendance for a first-time, full-time aided undergraduate at that institution. The federal definition of net price is as follows: an institution's cost of attendance for first-time, full-time undergraduate students less the total need- and merit-based federal, state and institutional grant aid awarded (i.e., monetary awards that do not have to be paid back) divided by the number of first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving such aid. The estimates generated by an institution's Net Price Calculator do not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price; they are only estimates.


We are excited you are considering attending W&J! Using the net price calculator, you can find out your eligibility for financial aid.

The College takes a holistic approach when evaluating a student for a merit award. Academic performance, curriculum, class rank (if available), standardized test scores (unless the student elects our score optional policy), and co-curricular involvement are all considered.

W&J offers four tiers of merit awards: The W&J Thrive Scholarship, the Howard J. Burnett Presidential Scholarshipthe W&J Scholars Award, and the Dean’s Award.

The College also offers a W&J grant to its students. The W&J grant is based on the demonstrated financial need of the student as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. The W&J grant will vary based on your financial status.

FALL 2022 Tuition and Fees History   These figures represent typical tuition for a full-time undergraduate student for the full academic year (generally September to June) plus required fees or those charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (for example, registration, health, or activity fees). Optional fees such as parking and laboratory use are not included.


 
Our Graduates

Percentage of Students Who Graduate   Percentages are for full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered this institution in the summer or fall of 2015 and completed their degree at this institution by the fall of 2021.

Within 4 Years 71%
Within 5 Years 76%
Within 6 Years 76%

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded Last Year*   This graphic represents the four majors in which the most bachelor's degrees were awarded between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The category of “All Others” is the sum of all the other majors earned at the institution in that year. Students with a double major will only be represented by the category of their first major.

Other popular majors include neuroscience, economics, computing and information studies, and chemistry.

Number of Degrees Awarded in 2021   Numbers are for degrees awarded between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Bachelor’s: Bachelor’s degrees are any degrees that normally require at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees awarded in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program which provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government and thus allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years. Master’s: Master’s degrees require the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (ex., M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees, may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work. Doctoral Doctoral degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study. There are three categories of Doctoral degrees:
  • Doctor's degree-research/scholarship: Requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
  • Doctor's degree-professional practice: A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. OR D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Vetrinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
  • Doctor's degree-other: A doctor's degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor's degree-research/scholarship or a doctor's degree-professional practice.

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About Our Faculty

Faculty Information   Student Faculty Ratio: Ratios are for full-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty for the fall of 2021. Full-time equivalent equals all the full-time individuals plus one-third of the part-time individuals. Faculty and students in stand-alone graduate programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate level students are not included in the ratio calculations. Undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants are not included as faculty. Full-Time Faculty with Highest Degree: Full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2021 who held a doctorate, first professional, or the highest degree available in their field. Instructional faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

Student Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Full-time Faculty with highest degree: 92%

Undergraduate Class Size   Undergraduate Class Size:This table reports on the number of classes by class size that was offered in the fall of 2021. Number of Classes:This is the number of classes per semester. A class is an organized course offered for credit, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion section. Not included in this table is distance learning classes, noncredit classes, individual instruction such as thesis research and music instruction, independent studies, co-operative programs, internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes.

Number of Students 2-19 20-39 40-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 282 67 1 0 350

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Life on Campus

When you attend W&J, you aren't just getting a world class education, you're forging connections with lifelong friends and discovering all the ways you can make your mark on the world. Our student clubs and organizations help you do just that. Our clubs give you a place to connect with people who share your interests, become a leader, and have fun. There's no shortage of ways for you to get involved!

What it's Like on Our Campus   Percent of Freshmen Who Live on Campus is for freshmen enrolled in fall 2022. Percent of Undergraduates Who Live on Campus is for all degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in fall 2022.

Freshmen who live on campus 90%
Undergraduates who live on campus 89%

Campus Safety

The Department of Campus & Public Safety takes the lead in promoting a safe and secure environment for everyone who works at, attends, or visits W&J College. 24 hours a day, 7 days, a week, 365 days a year, we are your partners in and guardians of public safety.

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