Washington & Jefferson College is one of America’s most historic and distinguished private liberal arts colleges. Students at W&J receive a first-rate liberal arts education that prepares them to be ethical leaders poised for professional success. Located just south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, W&J is proud to foster an environment where students engage their intellectual capabilities, allowing them to find their voice and pursue their passions.
Professional readiness is a key component of the W&J advantage. The College helps students build their network, position themselves for success and develop into leaders of uncommon integrity. W&J's supportive, diverse culture allows students to feel valued, be included and realize their full potential.
Professional readiness begins with the selection of two areas of study — the combination of majors and minors allows students to broaden their skills, experience a diverse curriculum and build a marketable pre-professional résumé. With more than 90 study areas, students can discover majors and minors that match their interests and passions.
W&J offers every student a personalized path to success for their next journey after graduation. The Center for Professional Pathways helps students discern interests, sharpen skills and pursue long-term goals.
Faculty advisors guide students and assist with building a personalized “Path to Success” in earning high-quality internships, fellowships and merit-based awards. These experiences are combined with studies rooted in ethical leadership and College-funding travel opportunities, such as the Magellan Project, to complete a customized and personalized academic experience.
Belonging and engagement are central to the student life experience at W&J. Whether through participation in a club, organization, athletic team or intramural sport, students can enjoy endless opportunities to connect and engage with peers who share their passions and interests.
With more than 60 clubs and organizations and 26 NCAA Division III-sponsored varsity athletic programs, W&J offers something for everyone. Students pair their world-class education with several College traditions, from live concerts to holiday celebrations to annual Student Life-sponsored events.
Another component of the W&J advantage is unsurpassed value, providing students with a quality education at an affordable price. The College’s simplified pricing structure ensures a W&J education is affordable and accessible to all students and their families.
W&J is ranked nationally as a leader among liberal arts colleges for value and student outcomes. The Wall Street Journal places W&J at the No. 105 spot on its 2024 “Best Colleges in the U.S.” list and at or near the top 15 percent nationwide for Salary Impact and Social Mobility. U.S. News & World Report has the College at No. 89 — the highest placement since 2005 — on its 2024 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” list and among the “50 Best Value Colleges” nationally.