From the School

Washington College, one of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions, is passionate about providing students a truly personalized education.

The first college chartered in the new nation, Washington College was founded in 1782 to cultivate responsible, educated citizen-leaders who could nurture the new democracy. Today, the ideals of that founding purpose hold true. 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 examples of citizenship and leadership continue 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, examine different perspectives, and challenge old ways of thinking. We also will invite you to pursue creative endeavors, athletic competition, recreational activities, and leadership roles.


From The School

Washington College is a selective institution. In order to assess an applicant's "fit" with the College, the Admission Committee requires the submission of all relevant academic records and test scores, an activity profile, an essay/personal statement, and a letter of recommendation. In some cases, an on-campus interview may also be required.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to come to campus for an information session and tour. These visits should be scheduled in advance by calling 410-778-7700 or visiting

Prospective students may apply online using the Common Application or via Application deadlines are: November 15 for early decision; December 1 for early action; February 15 for regular decision. Admitted applicants must pay a $700.00 enrollment deposit by May 1. For details, visit


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 660

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — December 15

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15

Other Admission Factors


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Academic GPA

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

With a student body of 1,500 undergraduates, the College's deliberately small size celebrates the interaction between student and professor. The average class size is 17 students; only one class in seven will have more than 25 students enrolled. Faculty members challenge and nurture a student's maturing intellect and creativity with collaborative research, independent and self-directed study, and a rigorous senior "capstone" project.

Washington College is recognized for its rich literary arts environment. The Rose O'Neill Literary House hosts a steady stream of significant writers and editors supported by the Sophie Kerr Program, and each year, one graduating senior is awarded the Sophie Kerr Prize, the largest undergraduate literary award in the world (the 2013 winner took home $61,000). The College is committed to helping all students become stronger writers. Writing-intensive courses across disciplines and majors help students cultivate proficiency in the language arts.

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, take advantage of the region's history, rural and maritime cultures, and natural resources. The Chesapeake Semester, offered through the Center for Environment & Society, uses the nation's largest estuary as a classroom and then connects those studies globally with a trip to Peru. Based on the Chesapeake Semester's successful model, the CES in 2014 initiated the Puget Sound Summer Program.

The Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows is our flagship academic enrichment program, rewarding initiative and intellectual curiosity with competitive grants to support self-directed undergraduate research, internships, and scholarship anywhere in the world. Another important academic opportunity, the Presidential Fellows program, puts high-achieving freshmen on the fast track to academic distinction, including the chance to work with full Cater Fellows as an apprentice.

Washington College offers a growing array of internships and field experiences, as we believe that hands-on education outside of the classroom best prepares students for their careers. Among them are: The Comegys Bight Fellowships, which place students in paid summer internships at prestigious institutions including the Library of Congress, National Constitution Center, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Alex. Brown Fund, which enables students to manage an equities portfolio of $500,000; the Washington to Wall Street Program, which uses the College’s strong alumni network to offer internships to students pursuing careers in business or the financial sector (100 percent of those who participated in 2013's inaugural program are in graduate school or employed in the field); the John S. Toll Science Fellows and Hodson Science Fellows programs, which enable students to conduct in-depth research with faculty while earning a stipend and a housing allowance; the Summer Archaeology Field School, in which students conduct digs at area sites, bringing artifacts back to the school’s Archaeology Lab for further study; the celebrated Kiplin Hall Program offered through the English department, which takes students to England, Ireland, and Scotland to study Romantic poets and writers while hiking and traveling through the world that inspired them; and the biology department's Maine Summer Program, in which students spend two weeks earning four credits while studying the diverse ecology of Acadia National Park in Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

Washington College also offers an extensive study abroad program. With 28 partner institutions for semester and academic-year study abroad, and up to ten short-term programs led by College faculty, the programs traverse 24 countries, including South Africa, Australia, Ecuador, and the United Kingdom.

Majors and Degrees Offered

We believe that a liberal arts education gives students the strongest set of lifelong skills to never stop exploring the world. More than 40 areas of study allow you to investigate a wide variety of possibilities and combinations that will lead to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science. You will choose a major (or two) at the end of sophomore year.

American Studies
Art and Art History
Business Management
Communication & Media Studies
Environmental Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Hispanic Studies
Human Development
International Literature and Culture
International Studies
Mathematical Science

Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in the following:
Psychology-Behavioral Neuroscience

The College offers interdisciplinary programs of study, minors and/or concentrations in the following:
Accounting and Finance
African Studies
Art History
Asian Studies
Behavioral Neuroscience
Biophysics and Biological Chemistry
Black Studies
Chesapeake Regional Studies
Creative Writing
Clinical Counseling
Earth and Planetary Science
Ecology and Evolution
Elementary Education
European Studies
Gender Studies
Geographic Information Systems
Global Business Studies
Greener Materials Science
Information Systems
Justice, Law, and Society
Latin American Studies
Near Eastern Studies
Nursing 3+2
Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
Peace and Conflict Studies
Pharmacy 3+4
Physical and Instrumental Chemistry
Physiology and Organismal Biology
Pre-Law Preparation
Premedical Program
Secondary Education
Social Welfare
Studio Art

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender 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
  • 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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Basic educational fees for 2017-2018
Tuition (full-time) $43,702
Student Service Fee $748
Student Health Fee $250
Campus Housing $5,608
Meal Plans per year 19/week $5,432

Financial Aid

Washington College is committed to providing educational excellence and equity for all students; 90% of our students receive need-based financial aid and/or merit-based scholarships. We develop financial packages that include tuition scholarships, tuition grants, work/study, and low-interest loans, in addition to federal, state, and independent aid programs for eligible students. With the investment of funds for scholarships and grants from donors and benefactors, the College provides more than $20 million annually in scholarships and grants to help make it possible for students to get an education here. More than 50% of all Washington College students qualify for merit-based tuition scholarships averaging from $13,000 to $23,000 per year. In 2016, Washington College announced a fixed-rate tuition policy, FixedFor4, that will enable families to plan for college costs.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms


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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
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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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

We cherish our residential tradition because it brings constant opportunities for academic, social, and personal growth. We may be a small campus, but Washington College supports more than 80 clubs, from the nationally recognized Habitat for Humanity Club to wakeboarding, sailing, and entrepreneurial activism through Enactus.

A Division III member of the NCAA, the College fields 17 intercollegiate teams that compete in the Centennial Conference. About 25% of students are varsity athletes, while 60% of students participate in sports including clubs 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 Washington, D.C, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



56% female
44% male
53% are out of state
99% are full time
1% 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 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."


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Located in Chestertown, Md., our 120-acre campus breathes history, natural beauty, and rural charm, yet it's only 75 miles from the urban hubs of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. This proximity brings our students a wealth of distinguished speakers, intern opportunities, institutional partnerships, and other occasions 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 learning laboratory for intellectual, social, and personal growth.

Historic Chestertown is rooted in a strong sense of self and a diverse and creative local character. You'll experience this through events like First Fridays, when downtown reverts once a month to one big street party; the Farmers' Market on Saturdays, loaded with goods showcasing the region's rich agrarian culture; and at venues like the Garfield Center for the Arts in the beautifully restored Prince Theatre.

The Chester River meets the town at the foot of High Street. At its riverfront facility, just blocks from the main campus, the College maintains a variety of vessels that support coursework in underwater archaeology, marine and estuarine biology, environmental chemistry, and environmental studies. The College also supports nationally ranked programs in rowing and sailing.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Our beautiful campus is a collection of historic redbrick, Georgian-style structures, large shade trees, and brick walkways, seamlessly combined with new and renovated buildings featuring expanses of glass that create modern spaces flooded with light. The oldest buildings, the Hill Dorms, were built in the mid-nineteenth century; the newest, the $2.1 million Johnson Fitness Center, opened in 2013.

The Gibson Center for the Arts, opened in August 2009, is a glittering showcase where students can learn, rehearse, practice, perform, and exhibit their work. The $24 million facility encompasses a main stage, an experimental theater, a music recital hall, and an art gallery, as well as all the latest tools and technology to support professional theater, concerts, and exhibitions.

Opened in fall 2009, Hodson Hall Commons includes the main dining hall, a student lounge, an intimate space for meetings and performances, and several specialty eateries.

The Chester and Sassafras residence halls, completed in Summer 2008, were the first buildings on campus to incorporate geothermal heating and cooling. A major renovation of the campus library in 2012 included a geothermal system along with a new coffee shop and popular group-study rooms.

According to Lacrosse Magazine, our Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium is among the top ten venues for collegiate lacrosse in the nation. The stadium, completed in 2008, is the only Division III venue to make the cut. In 2009, Athey Park, the College's baseball park, was built to mirror Kirby Stadium.

Advances in technology are incorporated throughout the curriculum, from sequencing DNA in the lab to accessing primary sources for a Shakespeare project via the library's Early English Books Online database. Other examples include the new mass spectrometry lab, used for environmental chemistry, geology, and biology research; side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profilers, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and marine magnetometers to explore below the surface of the Chester River; and eye-scanning and brain-mapping technology the psychology department uses to test cognitive function.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Small Campus, Big Opportunities

With a student body of 1,500 undergraduates, the College remains defiantly, confidently small and celebrates the interaction between student and professor. The average class size is 17 students; only one class in seven will have more than 25 students enrolled. Faculty members reach beyond the classroom to challenge and nurture a student's maturing intellect and creativity with collaborative research, independent and self-directed study, and a rigorous senior "capstone" project.

Washington College offers a growing array of internships and field experiences, including fellowships for the study of American history, internships with theaters and museums and model diplomacy programs. Students can participate in a summer archaeology field school, make investment decisions for the $500,000 Alex. Brown Fund, and work at the College-run research center that studies migrating birds and sustainable land management.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Washington College is recognized for its rich literary arts environment-the Rose O'Neill Literary House hosts a steady stream of significant writers and editors supported by the Sophie Kerr Program, and each year, one graduating senior is awarded the Sophie Kerr Prize, the largest undergraduate literary award in the world. (The 2013 winner took home $61,000.) The College is committed to helping all students become better writers, no matter what major they pursue. Writing-intensive courses help students cultivate proficiency in the language arts, as well as stay up-to-date with ever-evolving information technologies.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

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 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."

Special Needs Admissions

Andrea Vassar

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

6% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

23% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Sho'men)
8 Sports

Crew Rowing
Women's Sports (Sho'men)
10 Sports

Crew Rowing
Field Hockey

Student Services

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



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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

IBM and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Barbara Merrill
Visit Coordinator

300 Washington Ave.
Casey Academic Center
Chestertown, MD 216201197



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)

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

Information Sessions

Twice daily (M--F)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night stay only


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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