Washington College

About Us

Do You. Do It All. Do It Here.

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 citizen-leaders. Nowadays, we’re committed to giving our students the chance to succeed on their own terms through purposeful choices, enabling a healthy and regenerative global community.

Hands-On Learning

Washington College students work closely with exceptional faculty on projects they are passionate about. With independent research facilitated by programs like the Cater Society and Toll Fellows and hands-on learning experiences, our students have access to amazing opportunities no matter what they’re studying. Print a chapbook on the antique letterpresses in the Rose O’Neill Literary House, scan the Chester River from aboard one of the Center for Environment & Society’s research vessels, or study American history in our colonial town with the Starr Center. Fuse ancient wisdom and modern science with the Eastern Shore Food Lab to optimize human and environmental health.

Customize Your Education

There is no one-size-fits-all at Washington College: from double-majoring to internships to study abroad and semester-long interdisciplinary programs, you can shape your ideal education. Our student body draws roughly 1,400 students from 23 countries, and with a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 12, you’ll never feel lost in the crowd.

Our Beautiful Place

Chestertown, a charming location on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is heaven for the adventurous spirit who loves the outdoors (and also for those who enjoy a vibrant, close-knit community full of fun shops and activities) — and where else would we be able to fit a 4,700-acre living lab like our River and Field Campus? Plus, with Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. within day-tripping distance, there are plenty of solutions for the occasional urban craving.

Washington College 300 Washington Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620, USA
Merit-Based Tuition Scholarships Merit-based academic tuition scholarships are awarded at the time a student is admitted to Washington College. These scholarships recognize academic achievement regardless of financial need. More than half of our students qualify for a merit-based tuition scholarship. Scholarship amounts can be up to $35,000 per year. Academic Tuition ScholarshipsClick to Close Merit-based academic tuition scholarships are offered to students based on GPA, test scores, class rank or other criteria as determined by the Office of Admissions.  Donor Scholarships Named and endowed scholarships are provided through the generosity of donors, alumni, corporate foundations. Eligibility for endowed scholarships are based on fspecific qualifications as established by the scholarship donor(s), such as merit, residency, financial need, major, GPA, involvement in extra-curricular activities, etc.  Students need not...
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Washington College 300 Washington Ave, Chestertown, MD 21620, USA
International Students As an international student, you are a vital part of our College’s campus community. By choosing Washington College, you are joining a vibrant campus community that benefits from the plurality of views and ideas that you bring from your home country and culture. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Students are admitted to WC on the basis of scholastic achievement, personal characteristics and overall potential for success in a collegiate environment. Learn more below about the requirements and checklist items you need as an international student interested in attending Washington College.  CHECKLIST To ensure a thorough review of your application for admission to WC, make sure we have the following items: International First-Year RequirementsClick to Close Transcript and/or Final exam results SAT/ACT/IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo English Test/ PTE scores (see below) Counselor/ Teacher/ School Administrator recommendation...
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