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W&L Enrolls First-Year Class of 455, Will Award Financial Aid to Record Percentage

Some 455 first-year students will be among the student body when fall semester classes begin Sept. 10 at Washington and Lee University, and a record percentage of them will receive financial aid.

Forty-eight percent of the 214 women and 241 men will receive direct grant aid from W&L. The university does not make loans a part of its financial aid packages, and, under the W&L Promise, domestic students whose families earn less than $75,000 receive at least full-tuition scholarships.

Members of the first-year class hail from 39 states, with the largest delegations coming from Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, New Jersey, Florida and New York. Among international students, the largest groups represent China, Brazil, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea and Vietnam.

Thirty-five first-years are the first members of their families to attend college, and 30 have received federal Pell grants.

The class ranks among W&L’s best-qualified. The middle 50 percent of those who took the SAT scored an average of 1960-2200. The middle 50 percent of those who took the ACT scored 30-33. Around 76 percent of the class took a calculus-based math class in high school, 74 percent studied science at least four years, and more than three-quarters studied four or more years of foreign language, including Spanish, French, Latin, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Arabic.