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First Year Programs & Orientation

Class of 2018 and New Transfer Students
Get ready, get set…

Welcome to Washington College. We’re thrilled you will be joining us and look forward to getting to know you and helping you transition into life at Washington College.

You may be having some concerns about transferring in the middle of the academic year but as you will see, we provide excellent opportunities for you to bridge the gap from where you are now to your new life here in Chestertown.  We are committed to working with you to make your transition as smooth as possible.

Orientation is required for all new students. New student orientation will be announced soon. During orientation, you will be introduced to both the academic and non-academic aspects of the College and will also have the opportunity to get to know your fellow transfer students and begin to develop a support network that will be critical to your success as a student.

I recommend:

“How is College Different From High School” a good short introduction to college academic life by the staff of the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center at Southern Methodist University

“The Fifteen Habits of Top College Students” by professors Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman of the education website of US News and World Report.

I also recommend a great short reading that explains very well your Washington College professors’ goals for you:

“Only Connect:  The Goals of a Liberal Education” by William Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography and  Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Dean Patrice DiQuinzio
Associate Provost for Academic Services