Washington and Lee University, the nation's ninth oldest institution of higher education, is a liberal arts university that prepares its graduates for a life of learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society. One of the hallmarks of Washington and Lee is its student-run Honor System, which shapes not only the individual lives of the students but also establishes a community of trust on the campus. Through coursework, research, study abroad and service to others, W&L students are deeply engaged in the local and global community. Washington and Lee's faculty of teacher-scholars is committed to a student-oriented approach to scholarship, engaging and inspiring undergraduates in the classroom, the laboratory and beyond. As part of its 12-12-4 academic calendar, the university's four-week Spring Term allows students to focus on a single course and provides faculty the opportunity to create innovative, intensive learning experiences, including off-campus and international travel. W&L's curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law, giving students a contemporary perspective necessary to flourish in a complex world. Washington and Lee is the only top tier liberal arts college in the United States to claim a nationally accredited commerce school -- the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics -- and the department of journalism is also a nationally accredited program. W&L's law school, one of the nation's smallest top-tier law schools, offers students a rigorous legal education in a close-knit community, with unparalleled access to professors and a strong focus on positive employment outcomes. Washington and Lee students are actively involved in shaping their education. Currently, 28 percent of students participate in 24 varsity athletics teams in the NCAA's Division III. The vibrant campus life features over 100 active student organizations. Students are committed to leadership and service and enjoy numerous opportunities to participate in both. The quadrennial Mock Convention, which predicts the presidential nominee of the party out of power, has built a reputation as the most realistic and accurate in the nation. Students in the Williams Investment Society manage $10 million of the University's endowment, primarily in equity securities. The acclaimed Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity funds the Johnson Scholarship Program, which awards full tuition, room and board plus funding for summer experiences to 10 percent of the entering class on a competitive basis. Located in the lively small town of Lexington, Virginia, W&L's campus is a national historic landmark and has a timeless beauty. The Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled natural surroundings and opportunities for students to participate in a variety of outdoor activities through the Outing Club, which provides equipment and leads excursions throughout the year.W&L graduates excel in their chosen professions as well as pursuing leadership roles in their communities. More than 97% of W&L's graduates are either employed full-time or in graduate school within nine months of graduation. For information, see www.wlu.edu.