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Your First Year

Pre-Orientation Programs

Each pre-orientation program provides the opportunity to gain leadership skills, a jump-start on getting involved on campus, and a chance to meet other students with similar interests. 

  • Outdoor activities are a great way to become acquainted with Chestertown and the Eastern Shore. Through these programs you will gain appreciation for the environment that surrounds Washington College and the community!
  • Connecting Washington College students with people in Kent and Queen Anne’s County. These programs create positive changes for our community partners as well as an educational experience for you!
  • Washington College and community leaders come together to share their knowledge and expertise through academic enhancement. These programs are designed to inspire intellectual and personal development in an area of interest to you!

Registration for all Pre-Orientation programs is coming soon!  

Our pre-orientation programs offer an exciting start to your first year at Washington College. Gain valuable skills, get a jump-start on getting involved on campus, and meet other students with similar interests.

Questions? Call Laura Johnstone Wilson, Special Projects Coordinator, at 410-778-6587.

Washington College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any accommodation, please contact Andrea Vassar, Section 504/ADA Coordinator at avassar2@washcoll.edu, or call 410-778-7883.


Registration opens June 1 and closes June 28. Trip space is limited so we recommend signing up early! 

Trip Cost

The pre-orientation programs cost $50. This payment is made after you have received your pre-orientation program placement email and accepted your placement. It is due by August 1 with your tuition bill. 

Variety of Programs

We strive to make our programs diverse and unique to our student body. We will be offering 25 trips this summer that range from poetry workshops, kayaking, survival, and sailing on the Chester River. Our program descriptions will be updated April 8.