First Year Programs & Orientation
Class of 2017 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 begin on Thursday, January 16, 2014 and the first day of classes is Monday, January 20th. 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.
In December we will send you more information about the specifics of orientation but for now you should mark your calendars and plan to arrive on campus between Noon and 2:00 p.m. on January 16th. The first orientation session – a welcome session for all new students and their families – will begin at 3:00 p.m. on the 16th. In several weeks the full orientation schedule will be on line.
In order to register for spring 2014 courses, you should first complete the online foreign language placement survey and exam. Then you should set up an in-person or phone appointment with Associate Provost Patrice DiQuinzio anytime after December 2nd, 2013. You can contact Ms. Calloway (410-778-7206 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange your appointment.
Before your appointment with Dean DiQuinzio, you should review the general education and distribution requirements for the class of 2017 (applicable to you even if you will graduate before May 2017) and the requirements of any majors you are considering.
In the meantime, 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.
We wish you the best during the upcoming holiday season and look forward to seeing you on January 16th.
Dean Patrice DiQuinzio
Associate Provost for Academic Services