Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, PA

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington, PA

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Together we thrive

Welcome to Washington & Jefferson College, one of America's oldest and most distinguished liberal arts institutions. We have a proud tradition of preparing students for post-graduation success in a way that few colleges or universities match. At W&J, students discover their unique gifts and interests while benefitting from a personalized educational experience designed to meet the needs of each student. Beyond the classroom, students participate in more than 90 student organizations, play championship varsity sports, develop exceptional leadership qualities, and explore their interests around the world through our acclaimed Magellan Project.

Student success at Washington & Jefferson College begins with a generous financial aid program, with scholarships endowed by generations of alumni and friends of the College. It continues with devoted faculty mentors who support your academic performance every step of the way. And it extends beyond graduation as our network of 15,000 alumni helps students and each other find opportunities everywhere. 

Academic programs
The College offers a robust, comprehensive learning experience with all students completing two concentrations of study: a double major or a major with a minor. New students can choose from 32 majors and 27 minors, ranging from traditional offerings like Business, Chemistry, English, and Music to interdisciplinary programs like African American Studies, Biochemistry, Computing & Information Studies, and Environmental Studies. If an existing major doesn't fit your goals, you can design your own major. We also have pre-professional programs in Law and numerous areas of Health Care. And if you have trouble deciding, faculty and staff are here to help you choose courses of study that align with your interests and goals.

Your community
When you arrive at W&J, you become part of a talented and engaged student body made up of individuals who are recognized for their abilities, dedication, and integrity. Take advantage of exceptional opportunities to participate in activities outside of the classroom that all add value to your education. You'll have access to mentors, advisors, peer counselors, and success consultants who will help you navigate your time on campus.

Intellectual engagement
We believe in a differentiated, outcomes-based experience for every student. Regardless of your career path, you’ll be valued by leading employers around the world. Ethical leadership training is built into each year of your academic experience. Our curriculum includes a required practicum that gives students the knowledge and confidence to prepare for the career that awaits them. With all this and more, you'll graduate in four years—we guarantee it.

Beyond the classroom
At W&J, you’ll utilize your academic strengths in a non-classroom setting to further your professional development. The College-required practicum provides the job-specific, hands-on knowledge employers want. Our students are hired by leading employers such as PPG, UPMC, Highmark, Deloitte, and other internationally recognized companies.


Washington & Jefferson College's beautiful 65-acre campus in WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA, is within walking distance of many restaurants, coffee shops, and community events in a growing downtown business district. On campus, you’ll find comfy spaces for studying and social time in our eclectic mix of historic and modern buildings. Or take advantage of our proximity to Pittsburgh and all it has to offer just 30 miles south of campus. 

WS&J by the Numbers

student-faculty ratio

20 students
or fewer in most classes

average annual institutional financial aid for freshmen

free weekend shuttle runs from campus to downtown Pittsburgh

on-campus leadership engagement opportunities

varsity athletic programs competing in NCAA Division III

of students living on campus

reduction in tuition starting in fall 2023

of students receiving institutional aid

of financial aid awarded as gift aid

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I think W&J has made me understand that my worth isn’t based on a particular skill set but a pretty broad range of skills that I’ve developed here.”

    • Cole Leathers '22
  • “My close relationships with professors and the opportunities they offered me inspired me to stay at W&J when things got tough.”

    • Lily Bonasso '22
  • “Working at both internships really made me realize I do and will love being an attorney and that making the commitment to law school will be totally worth it.”

    • Kyleigh Jester '22
  • “I still don’t know what I want to do, but the Center for Professional Pathways has really helped me…and the whole faculty and staff. We really do have something special at W&J.”

    • Alyssa Pollice '24