Washington College

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Washington College is a private, 4-year school located in Chestertown, MD in the Eastern Shores area of the state, along the Chester River which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. The school was founded in 1782, with the blessing of George Washington who assented to having the “College of Chester” renamed in his honor. Washington College is among the oldest colleges in the country and the first chartered post-Independence. Washington College admitted women as of 1891. The 100+ acre campus features traditional collegiate red brick architecture along with more contemporary buildings. The compact campus still features much green space and close proximity to the Chester River.

Academic Programs

Washington College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees in over 40 majors. The largest programs on campus are in Business and Social Sciences. The College also hosts three Signature Centers: the Center for Environment & Society, the C.V. Starr Center for the study of the American Experience and the Rose O’Neill Literary House; Internships and Study Abroad programs are administered by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture. Per the Mission Statement, “Unhurried conversation and close connections with an exceptional faculty and staff complement a broad curriculum of study. A beautiful campus, ready access to exciting cities and the Chesapeake Bay, and engagement with cultures and communities locally and around the world afford our students ample resources and opportunities for personal exploration and shared challenges. We prepare our students for rich and fulfilling lives; for myriad and unpredictable opportunities; for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and productive endeavor.”

Student Life

There are nearly 1,500 undergraduate students enrolled in Washington College, most of whom live on campus among the many residence halls, suites and apartments. The college sponsors over 90 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the maroon and black Shoremen and Shorewomen, led by Gus the Goose, field teams in 10 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. The College hosts the Harwood Series, a sponsored speech/lecture program that has included John McCain, James Carville and other political figures. Annual calendar events include the Washington Birthday Ball (a formal affair celebrating George Washington’s birth) and the ‘War on the Shore’ – a lacrosse game with rival Salisbury University. Students accept the stated Values of the College: We share these values of our founding patron, George Washington: integrity, determination, curiosity, civility, leadership, and moral courage. We offer academic rigor and self-discovery in a supportive, residential community of well-qualified, diverse, and motivated individuals. We develop in our students habits of analytic thought and clear communication, aesthetic insight, ethical sensitivity, and civic responsibility. “The enduring values of Washington College – critical thinking, effective communication, and moral courage – move the world.”

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