From the School

The first college chartered for the new nation, Washington College was founded in 1782 to educate citizens for the tasks of the new democracy, and that mission remains central today. The College's rich history helps distinguish it among the nation's selective liberal arts colleges: General George Washington lent his name, donated 50 guineas to our founding and served on our first Board of Visitors and Governors. His example of citizenship and leadership continues to shape our traditions and our high expectations for our students.

We believe that a broad, general education in the liberal arts-one shaped by personal relationships with professors and classmates in a supportive residential community-is not only mentally liberating but also the most effective way to prepare for a successful career and a meaningful life. In your first two years on campus, we will encourage you to explore many interests and try new areas of study, to encounter different perspectives and challenge old ways of thinking. We also will encourage you to pursue creative endeavors, athletic competition, recreational activities and campus leadership roles.

Overview

Applicants
4,647
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.53

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 640
SAT Math
530 - 640
ACT Composite
25 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
November 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Interview
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

From The School

Academic Enrichment
The Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows is Washington College's flagship academic enrichment program-one that rewards initiative and intellectual curiosity with competitive grants to support self-directed undergraduate research, internships and scholarship anywhere in the world. Membership is open only to rising juniors and seniors, but another important academic opportunity, the Presidential Fellows program, was created with first-year students in mind. An invitation to be a Presidential Fellow puts you on the fast track to academic distinction, including the chance to work with full Cater Fellows as a Cater Apprentice. At the heart of each program are opportunities for intellectual exchange and social outings.

Study Abroad
Washington College offers one of the most extensive study abroad programs of any small liberal arts college. Among more than 40 offerings are summer programs in literature (the celebrated Kiplin Hall program), international business (Germany in 2013), economic development (Tanzania), and environmental studies (Bermuda, Ecuador); yearlong exchanges in Morocco and Ireland; and semesters abroad in Australia, Japan and Argentina.

Students Say

Washington College is all about “gaining a distinctive and strong education in the liberal arts through personalized programs and hands-on experience.” Located in small-town Chestertown, Maryland, this “small, tight-knit” community fosters a “high level of education” and an “intimate and personalized education experience.” Washington College is a place where “students learn to think outside of the box while becoming better people and having the time of their lives.” Centrally located between “three major employment markets: Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore,” this “beautiful campus” “provides the perfect setting for a learning environment.” “There are not as many distractions, but there is enough to keep you busy.” Professors here are “highly educated, very personal, and willing to bend over backwards to ensure your education.” Unlike at large research universities, faculty at Washington College are “here to teach, and they love to teach.” The “attention given to the students by faculty is undeniable.” The English and creative writing programs are among “the best in the country,” earning Washington College a reputation “as a writing school,” with the famous “Rose O’Neill Literary House, and the Sophie Kerr Prize.” Students say all in one breath, “The professors are world-class, and the campus is beautiful. Also the Eastern Shore of Maryland is an incredible place to be.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
181
with Terminal Degree
132

100
Men
81
Women
19
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Ralph Snyderman
Chancellor-School of Med., Duke Univ.

Dr. William O. Baker
Chairman Emeritus, Mellon Foundation

William B. Johnson
Chairman Emeritus, IC Industries of Chicago

Linda Hamilton
Television/film actress

H. Lawrence Culp
President and CEO, Danaher Corp.

John D. Hall
President of Time/Life International

Christine Lincoln
Author

Overview

From The School

Basic educational fees for 2013-2014
Tuition (full-time) $40,384
Student Service Fee $736
Campus Housing $4,796
Meal Plans per year 19/week $4,646

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 20

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,652

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,651

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,471

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,510

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,652

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,384
Required Fees
$736
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,250

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$750
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

We cherish our residential tradition because it brings round-the-clock opportunities for academic, social and personal growth. Students may choose to go Greek, participate in program-specific honor society activities, or volunteer in the community. There is a club to meet nearly every interest, from the Environmental Alliance and and Writers Union to clubs for Wakeboarding and Wilderness Adventure.

Nearly a third of our students compete in one or more of our 17 varsity sports, and another third participate in club sports and intramurals. The Student Events Board creates a variety of activities that everyone on campus can enjoy, from festivals and quiz nights to the semi-formal George Washington's Birthday Ball. While students reap the benefits of living in one of the best small college towns on the East Coast and the relaxed informality characteristic of the Chesapeake Bay region, they also take advantage of the campus's proximity to three urban center-Washington, D.C, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Students Say

A typical Washington College student “is preppy—from the way they dress to the way that they interact with each other and their professors.” It’s “an athletic campus, as even non-athletes are generally fit and participate in intramural sports.” Most students “come from a somewhat affluent background, and the majority study and work very hard, but they also party very hard on the weekends.” Though some note “there is very little diversity on campus,” others say while the campus “might lack in racial diversity, people have diverse morals, values, and political views.” There seem to be “two major, distinct campus cultures: the athletic/Greek life people and the English/drama people. People generally gravitate to one or the other.” “It isn’t hard to find your ‘place,’ though.” Most students are “involved in several different types of activities.” Students “usually fit in by playing a sport or joining Greek life, but there is always a club for everyone.” Others concur, Washington College is a “melting pot of individuals from different backgrounds, but the typical student is openminded, ambitious, and extremely innovative.” Athletes and burgeoning writers alike “have strong pride and love for our school.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,483
Out of State
48%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

1.90%
Asian
3.65%
African-American
4.02%
Hispanic
83.19%
Caucasian
4.68%
Unknown
7.38%
International

58% female
42% male
48% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

From The School

The College is set on the scenic Chester River on Maryland's Eastern Shore, between the Atlantic and the Chesapeake, just 75 miles from Washington, D.C. Students benefit greatly from our proximity to the mid-Atlantic's major urban centers, which offer a wealth of distinguished speakers, intern opportunities, institutional partnerships and other opportunities for academic and cultural enrichment. That said, we also take full advantage of our setting in a historic river town close by the Chesapeake Bay. The Eastern Shore becomes an extension of the campus-a personal learning laboratory for intellectual, social and personal growth.

Two centers of special research and programming, The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Center for Environment & Society, were developed specifically to take advantage of the region's history, rural and maritime cultures, and natural resources. Founded in 2009, the Chesapeake Semester offered through the Center for Environment & Society is a four-course immersion experience that focuses on the complex issues affecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the people whose lives depend on it.

The College maintains a small fleet of boats-including a 46-foot research vessel used as a floating classroom-that supports coursework in underwater archaeology, marine and estuarine biology, environmental chemistry, and environmental studies; the College also boasts nationally ranked programs in rowing and sailing.

Students Say

Living at Washington College “is as good as a college experience can get.” “No matter what your interests are there is plenty to do.” Some note that because of “the small-town environment, we have to make our own fun on weekends, but there’s usually something on-campus to make it less of a challenge.” “I personally love the environment and being outdoors. I spend a lot of time kayaking at our boat house on the Chester River, fishing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and supporting our athletic teams.” “The school’s rather small, so we know almost all of the athletes, so we’re not only supporting a program, we’re supporting our best friends.” On campus, “there are plenty of student-run activities.” When it comes to facilities, “the athletic department is great, and the dining hall is new and wonderful.” For fun, students “often go to plays hosted by the drama department, attend interesting guest lectures, play Wii in the dorm rooms, play Frisbee on the campus green, play pool in the student center, go to movies, or stroll around Chestertown and the waterfront.” We drink in the dorms and suites because almost everyone lives on campus.” Washington College “is located within a rural town; however, we are not completely isolated. We are about forty minutes away from Annapolis.” Students do warn, “Being in a rural town was hard at first.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
4

8% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

23% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Sho'men)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Sho'men)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Minority Student Advisor Black Student Union Cleopatra's Daughters Center for the Study of Black Culture

Sustainability

Green Rating
67

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
IBM and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Barbara Merrill
Visit Coordinator

Address
300 Washington Ave.
Chestertown, MD 216201197

Phone
8004221782

Email
bmerrill2@washcoll.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Miller Library
Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center
Gibson Center for the Arts
O'Neill Literary House
Hodson Commons Student Center
Hynson Pavillion and Washington College Boathouse providing water access and kayaks, sail boats, pantoons, canoes, motor boats, wakeboarding boats, etc.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chesapeake Bay
Eastern Neck Island National Wildlife Refuge
Chestertown Historic District
Rock Hall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; 8:30am-noon(on selected dates only)
8004221782

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 8:45 am-2:45 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
wc_admissions@washcoll.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Baltimore-Washington and Philadelphia International airports are 75 miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north, take I-95 S. to Rte. 896 S. in Newark, DE. Follow to Rte. 301 S. and exit at Galena. Proceed to Rte. 213. Take Rte. 213 S. to Chestertown. From the south, take I-95 N. to U.S. 50 and 301 (Exit 19). Take U.S. 50 and 301 E.; stay on U.S. 301 N. when it splits from U.S. 50. Continue on U.S. 301 to the intersection with Maryland Rte. 213; then take Rte. 213 N. into Chestertown.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Suites (160 Scheeler Rd.; 410-810-0555), a moderately priced motel, is just 5 blocks away. If you venture a little farther into historic Chestertown, you have a terrific choice of bed-and-breakfasts and inns. Widow's Walk Bed and Breakfast (402 High St.; 410-778-6864) is 6 blocks from campus and moderately priced. About 8 blocks from campus is the White Swan Tavern (231 High St.; 410-778-2300), a beautifully restored inn dating back to the 1700s with 6 rooms, private baths, and complimentary wine on arrival; bicycles are available for guests. Rates range from moderate to expensive. (Note: The inn does not take credit cards.) The Imperial Hotel (208 High St.; 410-778-5000) has 13 air-conditioned guest rooms with TVs and private baths. Rates are expensive. If you prefer a rural setting, consider Brampton Bed and Breakfast (Rte. 20; 410-778-1860), a wonderful brick house sitting on 35 lush acres 1 mile from campus (and from historic Chestertown).
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Key Stats

4,647
Applicants
1,483
Size
66%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

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