Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

At W&L, we believe in the power of learning by doing which is why exploration and challenge are at the heart of our curriculum.  

Our students are invited to expand their education beyond traditional classrooms and broaden their understanding through engaging, hands-on experiences. Learning opportunities come in a variety of shapes and size, often in the form of community-based learning, global education and undergraduate research. Experiences are only limited by students’ imaginations.

Students might predict the next presidential nominee during Mock Convention, devise ways to supply clean water to impoverished communities with Engineering Community Development, produce weekly news broadcasts with The Rockbridge Report, provide pro bono consulting services to non-profits as part of W&L Student Consulting group, or facilitate communication within the increasingly diverse population in Rockbridge County through ESOL.

Spring Term

Imagine exploring a topic in-depth and working intensely alongside your fellow students and your professor. That’s the essence of Spring Term. Students choose one course from about 200 options that may be conducted in the U.S. or abroad. It’s not uncommon for students to say after their Spring Term experience, “This course changed my life.”

The Rockbridge Report

Produced weekly by journalism students at Washington and Lee University, The Rockbridge Report seeks to provide the community with fair, accurate and accountable news coverage and in-depth analysis of local issues. While the content is produced by Washington and Lee students and overseen by their professors, The Rockbridge Report focuses on news outside of the college campus.

Mock Convention

Beginning in 1908, ֳ students have replicated the national convention of the party out of power in the White House every four years, continuing a tradition fueled by rigorous research and non-partisan student leadership. Mock Convention is now a 112-year tradition at ֳ, and is the most accurate and realistic mock presidential nominating convention in the nation.

Field Programs

ֳ offers several field programs through a variety of programs and departments where students are introduced to and participate in activities directly related to potential careers after graduation.


Laura Murambadoro '26

Laura Murambadoro ’26 brings varied interests, a collaborative leadership style and a passion for community engagement to ֳ’s campus.

W&L Repertory Dance Company students and alumni participate in a joint concert in Brooklyn, NY. Alumni include Rasaq Lawal ’10, Elliot Emadian ’17, Runa King ‘21, Amalia Nafal ‘21, and Mary Pace Lewis ‘21.

The ֳ Repertory Dance Company’s alumni-student dance performance in New York City’s Center for Performance Research returned after a four-year hiatus.

Students in Accounting 452 VITA program Winter Term 2024

Washington and Lee students are applying their accounting skills in the community as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Washington and Lee's RAM volunteers at a clinic in West Virginia.

Washington and Lee’s chapter of Remote Area Medical takes students to remote rural areas to provide medical services and gain valuable practical experience along the way.

Mock Con's memorabilia on display in Special Collections.

Washington and Lee University’s Special Collections and Archives has been working with the 2024 Mock Convention to debut an exhibit showcasing extraordinary items from past conventions.

WLSC students at Blue Sky

Students in the Williams School consulted on a number of projects including marketing, research and social media strategy for businesses and organizations.

Mock Convention 2024's Presidential Gala in full swing

The 28th Mock Convention’s Presidential Gala on Nov. 12 offered the campus a glimpse of the upcoming excitement for the 2024 mock presidential convention.

Stella Adamopoulis '27 performs in Speech & Debate in the Johnson Theater

ֳ’s recent staging of ‘Speech & Debate’ brought its cast, crew and audience an opportunity to engage with an innovative, collaborative approach to theater.

Students talk through the curatorial process with Patricia Hobbs.

“Mohammad Omer Khalil: Musings,” co-curated by four Washington and Lee students as part of a seminar course in museum studies, will be on display in the Watson Galleries Sept. 28, 2023 through June 1, 2024.

Leading Edge Wellness Adventure 2023 ziplines at the Peaks in Thaxton, Virginia

Washington and Lee's Leading Edge program welcomed the Class of 2027 to campus with dynamic programs designed to build community.

Washington and Lee students gain new perspectives after internships through the Shepherd Program.

Washington and Lee students explored the world this summer thanks to grant funding opportunities through the Center for International Education.

“ The invaluable lessons I have learned from Mock Con, both in political analysis and leadership, will carry with me into my future endeavors, whatever they may be.”

John Harashinski
Major: American Politics • Minor: Education Policy