Washington and Lee University is a private liberal arts university in Lexington, Virginia. Set on a sprawling 325-acre campus sharing borders with the Virginia Military Institute in the Shenandoah Valley, it is located between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.
It was founded in 1749 as a small classical school by Scots-Irish Presbyterian settlers. It 1796, as the school was experiencing financial struggles, George Washington became a benefactor. In 1865, Robert E. Lee served as the university's president, giving the school its present name.
It is the ninth-oldest university in the United States and the second-oldest in the state of Virginia.