Do You. Do It All. Do It Here.
Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College was the first college chartered in the new nation.
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 18% of the student body, and international students from 29 countries constitute 9% of all undergraduates.
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 2019–2020 academic year totals $61,536.
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.
Areas of Study
Majors and Programs
• American Studies
• Art and Art History
• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Business Management
• Communication and Media Studies
• Computer Science
• Environmental Science and Studies
• Human Development
• International Literature andCulture
• International Studies
• Modern Languages
• Philosophy and Religion
• Political Science
• Related Health Professions
• Teacher Certification Programs
Minors, Concentrations, and Areas of Emphasis
• Accounting and Finance
• African Studies
• Art History
• Asian Studies (concentration)
• Asian Studies (minor)
• Behavioral Neuroscience
• Biophysics and Biological Chemistry
• Black Studies
• Cell/Molecular Biology and Infectious Disease
• Chesapeake Regional Studies
• Clinical Counseling
• Creative Writing
• Earth and Planetary Science
• Ecology and Evolution
• European Studies
• Gender Studies
• Global Business Studies
• Greener Materials Science
• Information Systems
• Journalism, Editing, and Publishing
• Justice, Law, and Society
• Latin American Studies
• Near Eastern Studies
• Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
• Peace and Conflict Studies
• Physical and Instrumental Chemistry
• Physiology and Organismal Biology
• Secondary Education
• Social Welfare
• Studio Art
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 an 11:1 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.
During the 2017–2018 academic year, the College directed $349,790 from more than a dozen funding sources to assist 487 students with expenses associated with experiential learning. Washington College is one of just 20 colleges and universities invited to send student interns to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Internship Program.
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.