Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Washington College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. Students are given the advantages of small classes (an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, to be exact), devoted professors, and a culture that inspires independent thought and critical thinking. WC’s three Signature Centers offer experiences and opportunities unavailable anywhere else: intern at the National Portrait Gallery through the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience; have deep discussions with acclaimed authors at the Rose O’Neill Literary House; and visit local Native American tribes while learning Chesapeake Bay history as a member of the Center for Environment and Society’s incredibly immersive Chesapeake Semester.


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

Student profile
Students have an an average academic GPA of 3.6 and average SAT scores in the 1120–1300 range; 30% were members of the National Honor Society. Students of color make up 21% of the student body, and international students constitute 7.5% of all undergraduates.

Financial aid
Washington College offers both merit-based and need-based aid; accepted members of National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society are awarded four-year grants of at least $60,000. 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 $13,000–$23,000 per year. Tuition plus room and board for 2017–2018 totals $55,740.

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

Areas of Study

Majors and Programs
• American Studies
• Anthropology
• Archaeology
• Art and Art History
- Studio Art
• Biology
- Biochemistry*
- Cell/Molecular Biology and Infectious Diseases †
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology †
- Physiology and Organismal Biology †

• Business Management
• Chemistry
- Biophysics and Biological Chemistry
- Greener Materials Science ?
- Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
- Physical and Instrumental Chemistry
• Communication and Media Studies
• Economics
• Education
• English
• Environmental Science and Studies
• History
• Human Development
- Teacher Certification †
• International Literature and Culture
• International Studies
- African Studies*
- European Studies*
- Global Business Studies*
- Latin American Studies*
- Near Eastern Studies*
- Peace and Conflict Studies*

• Mathematics and Computer Science
• Modern Languages
- French Studies
- German Studies
- Hispanic Studies
- Other Courses/Languages

• Music
• Philosophy and Religion
• Physics
• Political Science
• Pre-law
• Pre-medical
(Includes physician, veterinarian, dentist, podiatrist, and optometrist. Related health professions include physical therapy, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and occupational therapist.)
• Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Clinical Counseling

• Sociology
- Social Welfare
• Theatre

Dual-Degree Programs
• Engineering 3-2
• Nursing 3-2
• Pharmacy 3-4

Minors Only
• Accounting and Finance
• Asian Studies
• Black Studies
• Creative Writing
• Dance
• Earth and Planetary Science
• Ethnomusicology
• Gender Studies
• Information Systems
• Justice, Law, and Society
• Marketing
• Public Health
• Secondary Education Studies

• Chesapeake Regional Studies

* Concentrations
? Area of focus

Historic Chestertown
Our setting on the scenic Chester River, amid the ecological wellspring 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, DC.

Inspired by genius
A Washington College education reflects the beliefs 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, Procter & Gamble, Ameriprise Financial, and Wells Fargo prefer to hire students with a liberal arts background.