Washington & Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College is one of the most venerable institutions in the United States of America. Founded in 1781 by a group of pioneering Presbyterian ministers, the College is located in Washington, Pennsylvania, just 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, and provides undergraduates with a top-ranked four-year, co-ed liberal arts and sciences education. The pre-law and pre-health programs at Washington & Jefferson, in particular, are internationally recognized.

The mission of Washington & Jefferson College is to graduate people of uncommon integrity, competence and maturity who are effective lifelong learners and responsible citizens, and who are prepared to contribute substantially to the world in which they live. To this end, the College promotes the development of skills, knowledge, personal qualities and a worldview that characterizes a well-educated person. All components of the living and learning environment at W&J are designed and intended to support this mission.



  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Education
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Physics
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development and Education (CDE)
  • Chinese
  • Communication Arts
  • Computational Science
  • Computing and Information Studies (CIS)
  • Conflict and Resolution Studies
  • Earth and Space Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education (Teacher Certification)
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Economics
  • Forensic Science
  • French



  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Pre-Law
  • Professional Writing
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • ROTC
  • Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Russian Area Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Thematic Major


Key Facts

Founded: 1781
Affiliation: Presbyterian
Enrollment: 1,362
Campus: Residential: 60 acres
Academics: Liberal Arts and pre-professional studies
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Classes with fewer than 20 students: 70.2%
Number of faculty: 127
Full-time tenure/tenure track faculty with terminal degrees: 97%
Students who study abroad each year: 40%
Location: Washington, Pennsylvania


#99 – National Liberal Arts Colleges – U.S. News & World Report
#112 in the Northeast – Forbes

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