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"Washington College is all about the student experience. Their happiness reflects our student-centric focus, which is the cornerstone of who we are and the positive impact we have on a student's personal and professional life."
-Kurt Landgraf, President of Washington College

A Washington College education affords students unmatched opportunities to work closely with an exceptional faculty on projects they are passionate about. We believe that a diverse liberal arts education is both academically rewarding and the most effective way to prepare for a future in anything you want to do. From studying on the Chesapeake Bay to interning at The White House, there's something for everyone at Washington College.

In their first two years on campus, WC students are encouraged to explore their interests, examine different perspectives, and challenge their old ways of thinking. There is no one-size-fits-all education at Washington College: from double-majoring to internships to study abroad and semester-long interdisciplinary programs, we encourage our students to think outside the box and shape a college experience that is right for them.

Founded in 1782, Washington College was the first college chartered in the sovereign United States of America. General George Washington lent us his name, donated 50 guineas to our founding, and served on our first Board of Visitors and Governors. Our goal back then was to cultivate responsible, educated citizen-leaders who could nurture the new democracy. That founding purpose still holds true today.

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Overview

Applicants
5,515
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
3.65

GPA Breakdown

46%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — December 15

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Interview
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
175
with Terminal Degree
144

90
Women
85
Men
18
Minority
2
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Area Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


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.”

Degrees

Bachelor'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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$88,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$90,700

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

Percent STEM
21%


Students Say

Students here feel very prepared to enter the job market. That can certainly be attributed to the fact that “Washington College isn't just about teaching you the specific skills you think you need for one job, it's about teaching you the analytical and critical thinking skills that you KNOW you will need for any job.” Of course, credit is also due to the school's Career Development Office which has some amazing resources. For example, students can participate in mock interviews as well as sit for GMAT/LSAT/MCAT test prep courses. The office also runs programs like Washington to Wall Street which helps undergrads prepare for a career in the financial services industry. Further, there's an extensive job shadowing program which pairs students with professionals in any number of fields from the arts and education to social justice and science and tech. All in all, Washington students graduate knowing they are prepared to conquer their next steps.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,385

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,185

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,434

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,767

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,630

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,724
Required Fees
$1,090
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,700

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,722
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,484
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

3.45%
Asian
8.07%
African-American
5.66%
Hispanic
69.08%
Caucasian
3.24%
Unknown
9.11%
International

58% female
42% male
55% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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…generally…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 open-minded, ambitious, and extremely innovative.” Athletes and burgeoning writers alike “have strong pride and love for our school.”

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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 [video games] 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.” The school also offers weekend shuttles to off-campus hotspots like Annapolis, local transit stations, and shopping. Students do warn, “Being in a rural town was hard at first.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Andrea Vassar

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

15% join a fraternity
17% 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

63/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
IBM and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Barbara Merrill
Visit Coordinator

Address
300 Washington Ave.
Casey Academic Center
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 9:30 am-2:45 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Twice daily (M--F)

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
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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