Founded in 1749, Washington & Lee is the twelfth oldest college in the United States. Robert E. Lee was president of the school after the Civil War (1865-1870) and established the School of Law and the nation's first journalism program. George Washington endowed the school with canal stock that is still earning dividends. The Neoclassical Front Campus of the University was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and the Department of the Interior characterized W&L as “one of the most dignified and beautiful college campuses in the nation.”
Washington and Lee is a small liberal arts university that emphasises scholarship, civility, honor and leadership, and boasts a top-ranked law school and accredited business school.