Washington College

Chestertown, MD

Washington College, founded in 1782, is a private, liberal arts college. Its 120-acre campus is located in Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore, 75 miles from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

School Profiles: Undergrad

Washington College

Chestertown, MD

Do You. Do It All. Do It Here.


Areas of Study

Majors and Programs
• American Studies
• Anthropology
• Art and Art History
• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Biology
• Business Management
• Chemistry
• Communication and Media Studies
• Computer Science
• Economics
• English
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• French Studies
• German Studies
• Hispanic Studies
• History
• Human Development
• Humanities
• International Literature and Culture
• International Studies
• Mathematics
• Music
• Philosophy and Religion
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Theatre

Minors, Concentrations, and Areas of Emphasis

• Accounting
• Archaeology
• Art History
• Arts Management and Entrepreneurship
• Asian Studies
• Behavioral Neuroscience
• Biophysics and Biological Chemistry
• Black Studies
• Cell/Molecular Biology and Infectious Disease
• Chesapeake Regional Studies
• Clinical Counseling
• Creative Writing
• Dance
• Data Analytics
• Earth and Planetary Science
• Ecology and Evolution
• Ethnomusicology
• European Studies
• Finance
• Gender Studies
• Greener Materials
• Science
• Information Systems
• International Business
• Journalism, Editing, and Publishing
• Justice, Law, and Society
• Latin American Studies
• Marketing
• Medieval and Early Modern Studies
• Near Eastern Studies
• Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
• Peace and Conflict Studies
• Physical and Instrumental Chemistry
• Physiology and Organismal Biology
• Public Health
• Social Welfare
• Studio Art

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

Student profile
Incoming students have an average
academic GPA of 3.6 and average SAT scores of around 1200; 30% were members of the National Honor Society. Students of color make up 19% of the student body, and international students from 23 countries constitute 7% of all undergraduates.

Financial aid
Seventy-five percent of students are awarded merit-based scholarships and/or need-based financial aid. All admitted National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society students with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better receive at least $18,000 in merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships range from $18,000–$30,000. Tuition plus room and board for the 2020–2021 academic year totals $62,806.

Washington College hosts a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and many other academic honor societies and is
considered one of the top 10 “Best Colleges in Maryland.” Washington College is also a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Washington College knows when it comes to education, one size doesn’t fit all. Its multidisciplinary approach is designed to let students study what truly inspires them. With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, opportunities for fully funded independent research, pathways to internships and employment at locations ranging from Colonial Williamsburg to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that offers unprecedented access to a 4,700-acre living laboratory, Washington College embodies the value of a liberal arts and sciences education. Washington College students do it all and discover what they love on the journey.

Established in 1706 as a colonial port of entry on the Chester River, Chestertown offers plenty of history and plenty to do. With College locations and the waterfront campus right downtown, students get to know Chestertown just walking to class. Yearly events like the Chestertown Tea Party, Downrigging Weekend, and the Harry Potter Festival bring the College and Chestertown communities together. Additionally, Washington College students contribute 5,000 hours of community service each semester.

Hands-on learning
During the 2018–2019 academic year, the College distributed close to $350,000 to assist students with expenses associated with experiential learning. WC is one of just 16 institutions invited to send student interns to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Internship Program and one of 12 invited to apply for internships, scholarships, and security clearance with the National Security Scholars Program affiliated with the National Security Agency (NSA).

A signature education
Washington College’s three Signature Centers serve as hubs for interdisciplinary and cross-major education. The Center for Environment & Society focuses on environmental protection and preservation. The Rose O’Neill Literary House offers professional mentorship and guidance for student writers and training in new and antique printing technologies. The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience bridges the divide between the academic world and the public when it comes to history.