Our Story

Our story begins with three leaders creating three colleges on the American frontier. Since then, W&J College has emerged as a leading institution with a storied history of doers, dreamers, and achievers: Senators and Congressmen, Hall of Famers, an NFL commissioner, CEOs, chairpersons, space travelers. For over 200 years, W&J College has produced ethical, well-rounded, and informed leaders in all fields and a strong network of alumni to support the next generation.

History of W&J College

Founded in 1781, right after the end of the battles for American independence, W&J College has its origins in three log cabin colleges established by three graduates of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton). Soon after, two of those initial founders joined together as the first trustees for the newly charted Washington Academy, later Washington College. The other founder became headmaster of Canonsburg Academy, later Jefferson College. His students joined him at the new academy. Finally, in 1865, Washington College and Jefferson College unified, establishing Washington & Jefferson College. Since then, Juncta Juvant: Together We Thrive.

W&J College At A Glance

W&J College continues to lead, educating individuals who can interpret, analyze, critique, innovate, and communicate the skills employers will always value most. With a practical and liberating arts and sciences curriculum that reflects our history and looks to the future, we're proud to be one of the oldest colleges in the United States.

Academic Excellence


Student/Faculty Ratio

80% Classes with fewer than 20 students

123 Number of FTE faculty

99% Full-time tenure/tenure track faculty with terminal degrees

40% Students who study abroad each year

2020-21 Enrollment

Total Enrollment

582/584 Male/Female Ratio


Minority Students


Pennsylvania Residents


Out-of-State Students


International Students

Accepted Student Profile


Average GPA (unweighted)

1180 Mid 50% SAT (Critical Reading and Math Sections Only)

25-24 Mid 50% ACT (Critical Reading and Math Sections Only)

Most Popular Majors for the Class of 2019

Business Adminstration



Political Science





Assistant Professor of History David Kieran, Ph.D.

Financial Aid Information


Amount of scholarships and financial aid awarded annually

99% Students receiving some type of financial aid

$30K Annual average institutional financial aid offer for 2019 enrolled freshmen 

The W&J College On-Time Graduation Guarantee

At W&J College, we guarantee that all students who meet academic expectations will graduate in four years. From the day you arrive on campus, you will experience first-hand how we deliver on our promise. Inside and outside of the classroom, you will receive undivided attention from our dedicated faculty and staff, helping you every step of the way to explore and uncover your passions and academic opportunities.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

Washington & Jefferson College is recognized nationally as a highly selective, residential, student-centered liberal arts college with an exceptional record of producing future leaders, whose graduates are prepared for a breadth of life opportunities and professional success. Toward that end, W&J asserts its place as Pittsburgh's premiere liberal arts institution, a role it has played for more than 230 years. More broadly, it is known as a robust community of engaged and intellectually curious faculty, staff, and students.