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Washington and Lee University (originally Washington College) is a private liberal arts college in Lexington, Virginia. It was founded in 1749 as "Augusta Academy", and renamed "Liberty Hall" in 1776. George Washington gave the school its first significant endowment in 1796, and the board of trustees changed the name of the school to honor him. After the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee reluctantly accepted the post of college president, and the school's name was changed to honor him after his death.
Washington and Lee was all-male until 1972, when women were admitted to the law school; the first female undergraduates were admitted in 1985. The school currently has about 1700 undergraduate students and 350 law students. The academic year is divided into two twelve-week semesters plus a six-week spring term, structured to allow internships or brief periods of study abroad.