Q: What kind of school is Washington & Lee?
A: Washington & Lee is a small, private, coeducational institution. The University is devoted at the undergraduate level to providing educational excellence in the humanities, liberal arts and sciences, and business and commerce. There are two undergraduate divisions - the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; the only graduate division is a nationally recognized School of Law. While Washington & Lee's size - about 1,755 undergraduates - hardly makes it unique among small liberal arts colleges, the comprehensive curriculum does. In a given academic year, more than 1000 different courses are taught; there are more than 40 majors ranging from accounting to engineering to neuropsychology. Additionally, there is an array of special academic opportunities, including honors work, the Robert E. Lee Undergraduate Research Program, a six-week Spring Term, independent work, interdepartmental majors, and a preprofessional ethics program in journalism, law, medicine, and business. Regarding the faculty, 92 percent hold earned doctorate degrees. It is both a distinguished and accessible faculty, dedicated to teaching, but actively involved in research and creative work.
Q: Where is Washington & Lee?
A: The University is in the historic town of Lexington, Virginia (pop. 7000), situated in the Shenandoah Valley - one of the nation's most beautiful locations. Lexington and the surrounding Rockbridge County have about 41,000 year-round residents, and is also the home of Virginia Military Institute.
Q: From which parts of the country do most of Washington & Lee's students come?
A: All parts. Washington & Lee prides itself on the geographic diversity of its student body, of which only about 15 percent come from Virginia. The W&L student body is made up of students from all 50 states and 39 foreign nations.
Q: What are the admissions requirements?
A: Washington & Lee is highly selective. Most of the entering freshmen rank in the top tenth of their high school graduating classes. In 2005 , the University received 3,649 applications for just 450 places in its freshman class. The mid-50 percent range for SAT scores was 1330-1430 (this means 25% of all recruits scored higher than this range, and 25% scored lower). Through its admissions process, the University strives to choose students who will benefit from and contribute to its educational programs. The Committee on Admissions considers many other things besides SAT scores and class standing in making decisions: secondary school records, recommendations relating to the applicant's character, intellectual curiosity, seriousness of purpose, and range of interests. An on-campus or area alumni interview is strongly encouraged.
Q: How much does Washington & Lee cost?
A: The comprehensive tuition for 2005-06 is $27,960, and room costs range from $2,435 to $4,265. A full meal plan in the University dining hall is $3,800 per year.
Q: What financial aid is available?
Traditionally Washington and Lee University has been one of the most competitively priced institutions among the nation's premier liberal arts colleges. Our ability to offer a first-rate, four-year undergraduate education that is characterized by small classes instructed by a superb faculty, is the result of both a substantial endowment and careful, conservative fiscal management practices. Washington and Lee's financial aid program is funded through endowment resources specifically generated for the purpose of providing need-based aid and merit-based scholarships. Unlike the vast majority of colleges, this means that tuition is held to an absolute minimum for all students, whether they need financial assistance or not. One student's tuition does not underwrite the education of another.
Its goal is to assist talented students who otherwise would not be able to attend the University. In addition, the University offers a series of honor scholarships on a competitive basis to the most promising students. Any specific questions about financial aid opportunities should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
Q: Where would I live at Washington & Lee?
A: Freshmen and sophomores are required to live in on-campus housing and freshmen must take their meals in the University dining hall. After the freshman and sophomore year, students make numerous kinds of living arrangements, residing in on-campus apartments, a new, modern dormitory for upperclassmen, private apartments in Lexington, or fraternity houses. Often, groups of students join together and rent houses in the surrounding countryside.
Q: What kind of athletic program does Washington & Lee offer?
A: The underlying philosophy of athletics at Washington & Lee is based of the University's firm belief that athletics and academics cannot only coexist on a college campus, but can and do complement each other. The intercollegiate athletic program, featuring 23 sports, is available for all Washington & Lee students whose participation is motivated by their love for the game and desire to excel in competition. Although we are justifiably proud of the honors our athletes have earned through the years, we are equally proud of their work in the classroom. Evidence of the success of the program is manifest by Washington & Lee students winning prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships in recent years as well as numerous All American honors in various sports.
Q: Who are the swimming staff members?
Kiki Jacobs enters her 15th year at Washington and Lee as the head women's swimming coach, and will also begin her eighth year as aquatics director. Jacobs guided the Generals to an 8-6 mark last season, earning a 12th-straight first place finish at the ODAC/Atlantic States Championships. The 10 wins she guided the Generals to during the 1999-00 season were a school record. Jacobs has been named the ODAC and Atlantic States Coach of the Year nine times during her tenure.
Jacobs is a 1989 graduate of Dickinson College and was one of Division III's top swimmers during her college career. She earned four varsity letters, was the team's Most Valuable Swimmer three times and was an 11-time NCAA Division III All-American. She set seven Dickinson records and won nine Middle Atlantic Conference Championship events. Her senior year, she won the McAndrews Award, given to the Dickinson Female Athlete of the Year. Jacobs was a dual major in political science and economics at Dickinson.
Jacobs came to W&L after serving as an assistant coach at Western Illinois and at Dartmouth College.
Joel Shinofield is in his third season as head men's swimming coach at Washington and Lee. Shinofield came to W&L from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., where he served as the head women's water polo coach. He also served as the executive director/head coach of the Richfield Swim Club/Minnesota Federated Swimming since 1996. In addition, he has also held the post of volunteer assistant women's swimming coach at the University of Minnesota.
In one season at Macalester, Shinofield earned region coach of the year honors while leading the Scots' women's water polo team to a sixth place finish at the Collegiate III National Championships. At the Richfield Swim Club, Shinofield was responsible for developing a competitive USA swimming team for youth from the novice to national level. He helped direct 15 swimmers to national-level competitions and increased club membership from 35 to over 150 members.
A volunteer assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Minnesota since 2000, Shinofield aided the Gophers' breaststrokers and butterflyers to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Division I finals.
Active in the sport, Shinofield has also held coaching positions with Team Minnesota and Minneapolis Washburn High School. He was the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Swimming Coaches Association and was a member of the board for Minnesota Swimming, Inc. In the summer of 2003, Shinofield was presented with the Conoco/Phillips USA Swimming Service Award for his volunteer work in the sport.
Shinofield is a 1994 graduate of Washington and Lee with a bachelor of arts in biology. He lettered for the Generals' swimming team as a freshman before his career ended prematurely due to injury.
Q: What is the swimming practice schedule?
A: Washington & Lee's comprehensive and challenging practice sessions combine dry land workouts with pool time. Practice is six days a week, and training is grouped between sprinters, strokers and distance swimmers and is specifically designed with an emphasis on end of season performance. Men and women practice together, and with the men’s and women’s head coach working together for most practices.
Q: If I swim and work hard at my academics, will I have time for anything else?
A: Absolutely. Washington & Lee swimmers are campus leaders as well as champions. In recent years, swimmers have been active in virtually all areas of campus life: student government representatives, dormitory counselors, reporters on the student newspaper and TV station, radio station disc jockey, members of fraternities and sororities, and every other activity open to students at Washington & Lee.
Q: How can I find out more about Washington and Lee and the swimming program?
A: Email, write, telephone or fax the following coaches:
Kiki Jacobs, Head Women’s Swimming
Washington & Lee University
PO Box 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Joel Shinofield, Head Men’s Swimming
Washington & Lee University
PO Box 928
Lexington, VA 24450
To follow the W&L athletic program throughout the year, call the Generals Sports Hotline at (540) 458-8998. The hotline is updated after each athletic competition.