Washington and Lee UniversityWashington and Lee University
(originally Washington College) is a private liberal arts
college in Lexington, Virginia
. It was founded in 1749 as "Augusta Academy", and renamed "Liberty Hall" in 1776
. George Washington
gave the school its first significant endowment in 1796, and the board of trustees changed the name of the school to honor him. After the American Civil War
, General Robert E. Lee
reluctantly accepted the post of college president, and the school's name was changed to honor him after his death.
Washington and Lee was all-male until 1972, when women were admitted to the law school; the first female undergraduates were admitted in 1985. The school currently has about 1700 undergraduate students and 350 law students. The academic year is divided into two twelve-week semesters plus a six-week spring term, structured to allow internships or brief periods of study abroad.
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