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Undergrad Profile

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions, Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers each student the advantages of small classes, attentive professors, and opportunities and experiences available only to upperclassmen at larger schools. Students can choose to pursue collaborative research; fellowships in American history; internships in art history, psychology, and political affairs (among others); and an extraordinary addition to the curriculum, the Chesapeake Semester.

Historic Chestertown
Our setting on the scenic Chester River, amid the ecological bounty of the Chesapeake Bay, helps define who we are and shapes our students’ college experience. They become immersed in the region as a natural extension of the classroom—performing underwater archaeology, pursuing environmental chemistry, conducting historical research, volunteering in local schools, or studying policy in nearby Annapolis or Washington, D.C.

Inspired by genius
A Washington College education reflects the maxims of our founding patron, George Washington, that the strength of America’s democracy depends on the success of students just like you: on your ability to evolve as a critical and independent thinker, to persevere in the face of a challenge, to assume the responsibilities and privileges of informed citizenship. His idea is still revolutionary, and the education we provide is still inspired by his genius.

High achievers
More than half of our graduates earn advanced degrees, many at the nation’s best graduate and professional schools—among them Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and UVA. Graduates who choose to enter the job market find that employers, including Under Armour, Proctor & Gamble, Ameriprise Financial, and Wells Fargo, prefer to hire students with a liberal arts background.




Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College was the first college chartered in the new nation.

Student Profile
Students in our most recent entering class had an average academic GPA of 3.7 and average SAT scores in the 1120–1300 range; 33% ranked in the top tenth of their class. More than 68% of these students completed Advanced Placement courses and 38% were members of the National Honor Society. Students of color and international students constituted 37% of the freshman class.

Financial Aid
Merit- and need-based aid; accepted members of National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society are awarded four-year grants of $52,000. Washington College recognizes and rewards exemplary academic achievement. More than 50% of all Washington College students qualify for a merit-based tuition scholarship at the time of their admission to the College. On average, these tuition scholarships range in amount from $11,000–$21,000 per year. Tuition plus room and board for 2015–2016 totals $54,462.

Washington College shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society and is considered one of the top liberal arts institutions in the nation. 

Courses of Instruction

• American Studies
• Anthropology
- Archaeology
• Art and Art History
• Biology
- Biochemistry
• Black Studies
• Business Management
- Accounting and Finance
• Chemistry
• Chesapeake Regional Studies
• Creative Writing
• Dance
• Drama
• Earth and Planetary Science
• Economics
• Engineering 3:2
• English
• Environmental Science and Studies
• Gender Studies
• History
• Human Development
- Secondary Education
- Teacher Certification

• Information Systems
• International Literature and Culture
• International Studies
- African Studies
- Asian Studies
- European Studies
- Global Business Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Near Eastern Studies
- Peace and Conflict

• Justice, Law, and Society
• Mathematics and Computer Science
• Modern Languages
- French Studies
- German Studies
- Hispanic Studies
- Other Courses/

• Music
• Nursing
• Pharmacy
• Philosophy and Religion
• Physics
• Political Science
• Pre-law
• Pre-medical
- Osteopathy
- Pre-dentistry
- Pre-optometry
- Pre-podiatry
- Pre-veterinary
• Psychology
- Behavioral

- Clinical Counseling
• Sociology