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Established in 1706 as a colonial port of entry, CHESTERTOWN, MARYLAND, offers plenty of history. With downtwown College locations like the Center for Environment & Society, Starr Center, Eastern Shore Food Lab, and the waterfront campus, students see Chestertown on the way to class. Yearly events bring the College and Chestertown communities together.


Type of School: Private Liberal Arts College

Size of campus: 112-acre main campus, 4,700 acre waterfront River and Field Campus

Number of students: 1,481 total undergraduate enrollment

Number of faculty: 116 full-time faculty, student-faculty ratio of 11:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: See listing in box to the left.

Geographic Diversity: More than 1400 students from 39 states/territories and 29 countries

International student services: WC’s Global Education Office and Office of English Language Learning provide our international students with resources, support, and programming.

International Student Budget: $61,536 in tuition, room & board and fees\

Financial Aid: All international students are considered for merit-based scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 annually.

Test Score requirements:
• Final exam results
• TOEFL exam report (see below)
• Teacher recommendation (optional)
• Certificate of Finances
• Personal essay
• Passport
• International applicants who are non-native speakers of English must present a TOEFL score of 79. WC also accept scores of 6.5 or better from the IELTS exam.

Application Deadlines and fees: International applicants are accepted on a rolling basis for fall and spring entry.
Preferred Deadlines:
Early Decision: November 15
Early Action: December 1
Regular Decision: February 15

Areas of Study Majors and Programs
• American Studies
• Anthropology
• Art and Art History
• Biology
• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Business Management
• Chemistry
• Communication and Media Studies
• Computer Science
• Economics
• Education
• Engineering
• English
• Environmental Science and Studies
• History
• Human Development
• Humanities
• International Literature and Culture
• International Studies
• Mathematics
• Modern Languages
• Music
• Nursing
• Pharmacy
• Philosophy and Religion
• Physics
• Political Science
• Pre-law
• Premedical
• Psychology
• Related Health Professions
• Sociology
• Teacher Certification Programs
• Theatre

Minors, Concentrations and Areas of Emphasis
• Accounting and Finance
• African Studies
• Archaeology
• 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
• Dance
• Earth and Planetary Science
• Ecology and Evolution
• Ethnomusicology
• European Studies
• Gender Studies
• Global Business Studies
• Greener Materials 
• Information Systems
• Justice, Law and Society
• Journalism, Editing and Publishing
• Latin American Studies
• Marketing
• Near Eastern Studies
• Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
• Peace and Conflict Studies
• Physical and Instrumental Chemistry
• Physiology and Organismal Biology
• Pre-health
• Secondary Education
• Social Welfare
• Studio Art

Do you. Do it all. Do it here.

A Washington College education offers students the chance to pursue their passions and work closely with faculty to craft an education that’s just right for them. Fellowship and funding opportunities give student researchers a chance to shine, and a welcoming community means students never feel like just another face in the crowd. Washington College keeps the spotlight on its students and the focus on their future.

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to education. Washington College’s multidisciplinary approach is designed to let students study what truly inspires them. With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and average class size of 17, 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 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 like the Center for Environment & Society, the Starr Center, the Eastern Shore Food Lab, 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.

Hands-on learning
Whether it’s landing the perfect internship, traveling the world in the Chesapeake Semester, or doing research on the River and Field Campus, a Washington College education is never confined to the classroom. From hands-on learning to meaningful job experience, students have the chance to craft their ideal education.
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 Rose O’Neill Literary House offers programming across disciplines, professional mentorship and guidance for students, and training in new and antique printing technologies. The Lit House helps students grow as artists and lets them envision their futures as writers, editors, and publishers. In addition to offering internships in literary editing, journalism, and publishing, it hosts a series of salons of international caliber year-round, introducing students to celebrated writers like Neil Gaiman, Toni Morrison, and Claudia Rankine.

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public through educational programs, scholarships, public outreach, and a special focus on oral history. It also offers programs such as StoryQuest, an oral history project available to students from all majors.

The Center for Environment & Society offers internships and fellowships in areas related to environmental protection and preservation. The popular Chesapeake Semester—an interdisciplinary study of North America’s largest estuary, Chesapeake Bay—is just one of many opportunities for students to experience the great outdoors.

Travel the world
Washington College offers semester- and year-long study abroad programs all over the world! Most study abroad opportunities are through tuition exchange programs in Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Peru, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Short-term programs held over summer and winter breaks give students a chance to study for a few weeks in places as diverse as China, Cuba, Ecuador, Israel, and Tanzania. These programs are led by faculty and are open to all students.

Washington College in a Nutshell

Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College was the first college chartered in the new nation. General George Washington lent his name, donated 50 guineas to the College’s founding, and served on its first Board of Visitors and Governors in the interest of cultivating responsible citizen-leaders. The times may have changed, but Washington College’s goal of producing well-rounded students with the ability to lead the way has not.

Student profile
Students have an an average GPA of 3.6 and average SAT score of around 1200. Thirty percent of students 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.

Washington College students are strongly
involved in campus life, taking part in 18 Division III varsity sports, eight intramural sports teams, 11 club sports, and more than 80 student organizations. The student body completes 5,000 hours of community service annually.

Alumni excellence
Washington College’s interdisciplinary approach to education leaves graduates uniquely qualified to succeed no matter
their chosen path. With 65% of students conducting internships, and another 14% participating in practicums or student teaching, almost three-quarters of students have work experience when they graduate. Eighty-eight percent of Washington College students are employed or in graduate school nine months after graduation, and 37% of mid-career alumni hold executive leadership positions in government, business, and nonprofit organizations and institutions.