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Washington College

Since 1782, students have come to this Maryland Eastern Shore campus at pivotal moments in their lives, seeking not only an education, but an experience like no other. Offering rigorous coursework in the liberal arts, we invite you to engage in “all hands on learning.”

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Education & Training (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



As the Revolutionary War came to a close, Washington College was just getting started. Its founder, William Smith, had a revolutionary idea: to educate responsible citizen-leaders who could make the new democracy work.

We think this idea is still incredibly important. 


Washington hoped that young people of the new nation would be equipped not just with facts and figures, but with creativity and the moral courage to safeguard our inheritance and help us form a more perfect union.Establishing a liberal arts college with this distinctly secular mission was a revolutionary idea at the time. But the idea still resonates on this campus, where students are conducting groundbreaking scientific research, discussing the proper role of government power, exploring great books and works of art.


The Chester River Field Research Station was established in 1999 with the initiation of an academic study to restore a native grassland landscape habitat on 228 acres of what had previously been row crop farmland, and an avian migration banding station on Chino Farms, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.Recently merged with the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, CRFRS continues its research while providing educational opportunities for both the public and up-and-coming biologists. 


Washington College can help you stand out among your peers in the job market or graduate school application process. With an exceptional array of internships, fellowship programs, study abroad opportunities, and summer undergraduate research, Washington College is an ideal place for you to begin your journey.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

The HelpDesk can troubleshoot and repair software related computer problems, refer hardware repairs to a certified technician for resolution and assist you with protecting your computer against spyware, adware and viruses. 
The Global Education Office provides international and intercultural educational experiences for all Washington College students and seeks to foster global engagement and international competency campus wide.  GEO promotes and facilitates study abroad for Washington College students and supports all visiting exchange and matriculating international students through mentorship programming, intercultural campus activities and off-campus trips.

Library services

Built in 1970 and renovated in 2012, Miller Library is located at the heart of the Washington College campus. The library is home to hundreds of thousands of research materials, as well as Sophie’s Cafe, Academic Technology offices, Office of Academic Skills, Quantitative Skills Center, and the College archives.

ICT services

 Client support and technical services ensures that faculty, students and staff can access and use the College’s networked resources. We consult with faculty; assist them with integrating technology in their courses to promote active learning and enhance learning outcomes.

There are Macs and PCs located in both the InfoCommons and the first floor of the library.

Medical services

Health Service is an on-campus clinic which provides medical and counseling services to full-time students. They also sponsor an annual flu shot clinic.

Student Life

Campus life

Washington College’s campus is located in Chestertown, MD, a charmingly preserved historic town on the scenic Chester River.  Our campus’s beauty is matched only by its modern amenities, such as Hodson Hall, our award-winning dining hall and student center. Situated 90 minutes from Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, WC sits on 120 acres filled with green spaces, a nationally recognized sports venue, and brick paths connecting our state-of-the-art learning spaces.

Sports facilities

The Johnson Fitness Center, also known as ‘The JFC’ is the place to go to get fit and have fun. Whether you want to grab a workout in the weight room or tackle a Zumba class, this is the place.Renovated in 2013, the fitness center offers a wide-range of cardio machines and universal weight equipment. The field house holds 4 tennis courts, 3 basketball courts, which are surrounded by an indoor track. There are also 2 racquetball and squash courts. If group exercise is your thing, then you can check out the different fitness classes offered throughout the day. Personal training is also offered.

Student clubs

The Student Events Board is a student-run organization, made up of over 25 students, who’s sole purpose is to plan awesome events for the students at WC. The SEB works to have fun, innovative, and creative events to entertain a variety of students on campus. SEB strives to serve students all over campus.The mission of the SEB is to engage students through social, creative, and collaborative events, which cultivate opportunities and increase co-curricular involvement in the Washington College community. From movie nights, giveaways, performers, make and takes, bus trips, and game shows, the SEB has the campus covered. 


Most recently effective June 26, 2014, Washington College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Chestertown, Maryland, United States