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Transfer Students

Academic/General Questions

How many students transfer into Washington College every year?

The number of transfer students fluctuates each year, but typically there are between 25 and 45 students who choose to transfer to Washington College. Transfers play an important role in the Washington College community because they bring a unique perspective to the campus and a keen appreciation for all that Washington College has to offer.

Who do I talk to about transferring my credits from my previous institution?

All admitted applicants receive a preliminary credit review of their transcripts within 2-3 weeks of the admission decision. The registrar’s office performs an official review of the final transcript prior to entering Washington College.

Students transferring to Washington College from a Maryland community college may review their transfer credits through the University of Maryland ArtSys program on the internet at artweb.usmd.edu.

The maximum number of credits that will transfer is 72, from both a 2- and a 4-year institution.

Any questions you have about your credits at a former institution and the transfer of those credits should be directed to the registrar’s office (410-778-7299). Questions about registering for classes and the academic requirements at Washington College should be directed to the Associate Provost’s office (410-778-7206).

Will I have to take an English 101 and/or a GRW (Global Perspectives: Reading & Writing) course?

This depends upon how many credits you are entering with. Generally, students with 31 or fewer credits are required to take both the ENG 101 and GRW courses.

How will I be assigned an academic advisor?

Transfer students with at least 32 credits are encouraged to declare a major so that they can be assigned an advisor in that discipline. Otherwise, we will attempt to assign you to an advisor in an area that you have expressed academic interest or intend to major.

I didn’t attend any of the Summer Advising Days and don’t have my e-mail account set up yet. How can I do that?

The Office of Information Technology is responsible for acquainting you with the relevant technology issues on campus and can assist you in getting your e-mail and other related on-line accounts set up. You can e-mail them at helpdesk@washcoll.edu or call the Help Desk at 410-778-7777.

Residential Life

Am I allowed to live off campus?

All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus and the College expects transfers to spend at least one academic year on campus when they arrive. Under certain conditions, the off-campus review committee may decide to allow an exemption. Students requesting an exemption from the housing requirement must complete both the Housing Exemption Form and the Off-Campus Information Form, found at:  https://washcoll.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2mGUfY38rS1M8Tz

If I’m living on campus, will I live with another transfer student?

Housing is done according to compatibility rather than whether or not you are a transfer student. Therefore, you may be housed with an upperclassman, another transfer student, or possibly a freshman. The housing process takes several factors into consideration, such as neatness and study habits. Roommates/suitemates are matched accordingly. If you have specific questions about your housing assignment, please contact Associate Dean and Director of Residential Life, Carl Crowe at residential_life@washcoll.edu or by calling 410-778-7752.

Orientation

What type of orientation program will I attend?

All new students are required to attend the College’s new student orientation. However, we do differentiate between those students who are entering with 31 or fewer credits and those with 32 or more credits. Those with 31 or fewer credits in the fall are assigned to a Peer Mentor group along with first-year students. Those entering with 32 or more credits in the fall are placed together in a Peer Mentor group comprised exclusively of transfers. The group comprised of transfers with 32 credits or more will participate in a specially-designed orientation that blends sessions specific to the needs of transfer students as well as opportunities to meet the first-year students. Either way, your Peer Mentor will contact you prior to your arrival so that they can assist you with any questions you have and help prepare you for the transition to Washington College.

Even if you attended an orientation at your previous institution, you are expected to attend Washington College orientation. All events are designed to familiarize new students with both Washington College and the surrounding Chestertown community. In the past, transfer students who participated fully in orientation routinely tell us that they were glad they did because they not only met new students but met many upperclassmen, faculty, and staff members who were critical to their successful transition.

If you want to discuss your specific situation and any questions that you have about orientation, please contact Associate Vice President Sarah Feyerherm in the Student Affairs Office at sfeyerherm2@washcoll.edu or call 410-778-7752.

What if I transfer in January?

All students who transfer to Washington College in January, regardless of the number of credits they bring to Washington College, participate in the same orientation. A small group of Peer Mentors are assigned to work with this group and the orientation for students transferring in January of 2014 will start on Thursday, January 16th.

Life on Campus

Is it hard to get involved in campus life as a transfer student?

No, it is not difficult to get involved! There are more than 60 different clubs and organizations in which students can participate during their time at WC. These clubs welcome new members at any point in the academic year, whether they are first-year students, transfers, or upperclassmen. Additionally, at the beginning of the fall semester, a club fair is held to inform new students about various opportunities to get involved in campus life. This year, the club fair is being held on September 10th from 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Martha Washington Square. If you would like more information about getting involved in clubs and organizations, you can contact the Office of Student Activities by calling 410-778-7146.

Am I required to take AlcoholEdu?

All new students are required to take AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol education course, before classes begin. If you took the online class at your previous institution, you will not have to re-take the course. However, you will need to provide documentation that you completed the course at your previous institution. Sometimes “non-traditional” new students are exempted from completing AlcoholEdu because of their life experience. If you believe you should be exempted for this reason, have any questions about AlcoholEdu, or want to speak to someone about the requirement, please email Beth Anne Langrell at blangrell2@washcoll.edu or call 410-778-7752.

Do I need to a get a new physical if I already had one at my last institution?

Washington College Health Services will only accept documentation of a physical that has occurred within six months of the due date of completed forms. All new students must complete the required Washington College Health Form by July 15th for students entering in the fall and January 15th for students entering in the spring.