Open House - Travel and Lodging Details

We are happy to provide hotel accommodations and meals during your visit for Open House. We hope to see you on campus this spring!

Lodging

We will provide and pay for lodging at our area partner hotel for the Friday and Saturday nights of your Open House visit to Lexington. The online Open House registration form allows you to specify which nights you will require lodging (most opt to stay both Friday and Saturday nights, but Friday-only or Saturday-only stay is available). If you require a longer stay, please make the appropriate two-night selection as you complete Open House registration, and contact the hotel directly to make arrangements for the additional nights you require.  You will be responsible for costs for the additional nights that you require hotel accommodation.  You must request lodging through the Open House registration form if you wish to have it provided and paid for by the law school; requests for reimbursement for those choosing to stay at alternative hotels will not be met.

Any incidental charges over and above the cost of accommodations (telephone charges, late check-out fees, etc.) will be your responsibility; a credit card imprint will be required when you check in.

You may choose to share a room with another student attending Open House or to be assigned single accommodations - simply indicate your preference when you register. So that we extend the same hospitality to every student attending Open House, your travel reimbursement will be reduced by $100 for each night you require single accommodations.

Meals

Breakfast will be provided at your hotel each morning of your stay. We offer a welcome drop-in dessert reception Friday evening prior to the Open House, a Saturday lunch, and a closing hors d'ouvres reception as part of the Open House.

Travel Reimbursement

We reimburse all attending accepted students up to $500 for documented travel expenses. Please make your own arrangements for travel to Lexington, and keep your receipts for submission (together with the Reimbursement Request Form) after Open House. If you would like to request additional funds for travel expenses due to hardship, distance of travel, or other need, reach out to our office at 540.458.8503 or lawadm@wlu.edu.

Please note the following details and restrictions:

  • Reimbursable travel expenses include airfare, rail fare, parking, taxi fare, uber, car rental charges, tolls, and gas. Meals and hotel stays are not reimbursable.
    • Those requesting reimbursement for mileage for driving their own vehicle will be reimbursed at the university's rate of .375 per mile.  Please note that you may not be reimbursed for mileage and also request reimbursement for gas receipts.
  • Reimbursement is available only for travel to an Open House (not for visits on other dates) and attendance at Open House events is required to receive reimbursement. 
  • All reimbursement request forms, together with detailed receipts (showing proof of purchase and zero outstanding balances), must be received by April 15th. A reimbursement check will be mailed directly to you from the University's Business Office.
  • As noted above, so that we provide the same hospitality to every student attending Open House, the travel reimbursement for those requesting a single room will be reduced by $100 for each night of their stay.
  • Open House Reimbursement Request Form
Traveling to Lexington

By Air. The closest airport is in Roanoke (ROA), about 50 miles south of Lexington; other airports in the region include Charlottesville, VA, Richmond, VA, Greensboro, NC and Dulles. We are happy to arrange for ground transportation to and from the Roanoke airport, provided that the student arrives at the Roanoke airport on the Friday of Open House and departs on the Sunday of Open House. To request ground transportation, provide your arrival and departure times when you register online, or email them separately to us at LawAdm@wlu.edu no later than the Friday of the week before your Open House. We regret that we are unable to provide this service for those arriving at other airports. Most airport webpages include information on ground transportation options.

By Bus.  Lexington enjoys daily bus service from the Virginia Breeze connecting it and other towns in the Shenandoah Valley to Washington-Dulles airport and Washington, D.C. The northbound bus (heading in the direction of D.C.) departs Lexington daily at 9:45am, and the southbound bus (heading in the direction of Blacksburg) departs Lexington daily at 2pm. More information and the bus travel schedule can be found at www.catchthevabreeze.com. We are happy to arrange for ground transport to and from the Virginia Breeze bus stop in Lexington, provided that the student arrives at the bus stop on the Friday of Open House and departs on the Sunday of Open House. To request ground transportation to/from the bus stop, provide your arrival and departure times when you register online, or email them separately to us at LawAdm@wlu.edu no later than the Friday of the week before your Open House. Those arriving on alternate dates will need to make private arrangements for travel to/from the bus stop.

By Car. Lexington is easily accessible by interstate highway (I-81 and I-64 both pass close by). Directions are available on this website.

Other Options. Please see the university's transportation services website for additional information.


Getting Around Town

Shuttle service will be provided between your hotel and Open House events. If you prefer to drive, ample parking is available at the Law School.

If You Need to Cancel

If your plans change, please notify the Office of Admissions by telephone at 540.458.8503 no later than NOON on Friday, the day prior to Open House.