Facilities and Services
There is a wide variety of facilities and services offered to students on campus.
You are encouraged to take advantage of as many as possible, to make your life here a lot easier. Among the facilities that you will find at Washington College are:
OIT (Office of Information Technologies) offers the Washington College community many different public computing facilities in convenient locations across campus. For specific information about hardware or software in these labs, please contact the Help Desk.
Clifton Miller Library supports students’ learning by providing a collection of academic resources in a variety of formats: print and electronic books and journals, CDs, DVDs, online databases, etc. A team of competent and highly qualified librarians is here to help you with all of your research needs. They will work with you one-on-one to help you find the most appropriate sources for your assignment. Additionally, Miller Library offers library instruction classes to teach you how to find and use the resources in the library. If Miller Library does not have the books or articles you want, we will borrow them from other libraries for you.
Books from Miller Library may be borrowed for the entire semester; books that are borrowed from other libraries are checked out for 30 days.
The library is open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 2:00 a.m.
Computing and printing services are available on the first floor.
Washington College is renowned for emphasizing the writing component in the classes. Therefore, the Writing Center (located in Goldstein Hall, Room 106) is available for students who need guidance. Trained students and staff are ready to help you with your papers, and to offer you advice on how to be a better writer.
Incoming freshmen will have to fulfill the writing component of the GRW (Global Research and Writing) seminars. During each semester of the freshman year, you will have to take one of the GRW courses offered, and you will have to meet at least three times with your assigned writing instructor in order to get a passing grade. During those sessions, you will discuss your work and ways in which you can make any necessary improvements.
If you want to schedule an appointment with the Writing Center, you may contact one of the writing instructors:
Please, schedule an appointment with the Writing Center prior to submitting your work.
The Math Center is located on the main floor of Miller Library. If you have any math courses, you will find the answer in the Math Center. Peer tutors work in the center and they will be able to help you.
Office of Academic Skills
The Office of Academic Skills is available to help all students succeed academically in their classes. If you do not know how to approach studying for a course, if you have time management problems, or if you feel your skills are not that good, Amanda Vassar will be more than happy to meet with you and help you with any problems relating to study skills. This office can also help you find a peer tutor in any of your courses. The OAS is located in Miller Library. Call to schedule an appointment.
The telephone will play an important role in your life here, because it allows you to contact people easily.
Washington College has its own switchboard, so calls within campus area will be free. You will only have to dial the extension number (four digits) in order to call on campus. There are call boxes at the entry of most dorms, so if you want to make a call on campus, you can use them, as well.
To place calls outside the campus, you will have to dial 9 first, and then your intended number. If you want to purchase the Washington College phone card, you should contact Sara Smith (410-778-7290), the Switchboard Manager. If you plan on having a phone for your room; you will have to purchase your own phone. You may find it easier and more convenient to purchase a cell phone while you are here in the U.S.
There will be an opportunity to purchase a U.S. cell phone during the first few days of Orientation. Using your cell phone will be how you remain in contact with friends.
One word of warning- for international calls, please purchase a calling card that best suits your needs. If you are going to call from your room telephone without having a service provider, it may cost you a great deal of money. When you purchase a calling card, pay attention to the surcharge fee (if there is any) and to the monthly fee (if there is any), the most convenient cards are those without such fees.
Washington College offers mail services, as well. Central Services – the place where you can send letters and receive packages is located in the basement of the Casey Academic Center . Central Services are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. When you arrive at the college, you will be given a key to your own mailbox. Please do not lose it and remember the number of your box. Mailboxes are located on the first floor of the Casey Academic Center or in Hodson Student Center. Remember to check it regularly, because a lot of information is sent through campus mail. Sending mail to people on campus is free of charge. Off campus mail will be charged according to set prices. You can either send your mail from the Central Services, or you can go to the Post Office in Chestertown, located on 104 Spring Avenue (tel. 410-778-0690).
The Career Center assists students in preparing for their future goals by helping them define their personal and professional objectives. They also help students gain experience with careers that will help them achieve their goals by helping students find internships and jobs.
The Career Center is located in Caroline House, Jim Allison the Director, and/or Vicky Sawyer, meet one-on-one with students to discuss career exploration, internships and jobs. The library in the Career Center contains information from possible careers in every field, to internships available for undergraduate and graduate students.
The bookstore is located on the 1st floor of Casey Academic Center. You can purchase your textbooks; Washington College imprinted supplies, stationary, books, gifts and computer accessories. All purchases can be charged to your ID, so long as you have added the appropriate funds to your ManagemyID account. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Textbooks are relatively expensive in the U.S., depending on the courses you have selected. The price for your textbooks for a semester can vary from $150 to $600. Because of that, many students opt to buy used books from the students that took the course earlier. If you choose to do that, make sure that the edition of the book is the one required by the professor. You can also buy your textbooks online through Amazon or EBay which will be less expensive than through the bookstore. If you buy books on-line make sure you have them in time to complete your assignments at the beginning of the semester.
Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center
The Benjamin Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center provides an array of activities and fitness options for the Washington College Community. The facility is dedicated to meeting the strength, aerobic, and fitness needs of the college community through its variety of activities, programs, and state of the art equipment. View the fitness class schedule for class hours of the JFC.
Do you like to play soccer, football, or basketball? Join an intramural sports team! Student coordinators handle the logistics of paperwork, scheduling, and facilitation of events. Students create their own teams by filling out an IM Roster Form and submitting it to the Intramural Coordinators. Teams then elect captains; these captains are in charge of seasonal meetings and providing the proper intramural schedules to their teams. Both men and women play on the same team. Intramural seasons typically consist of two games a week, which are very flexible and do not take away from your academics. The IM schedule is broken into fall, winter, and spring seasons with 2 sports a season.
In addition to Intramural Sports, the College also has a Varsity Athletics program. Washington College competes against other colleges in Field Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Rowing and Sailing. Students that participate in these sports practice and compete weekly during their competitive season.
The College provides a weekend shuttle service to Annapolis Mall and New Carrollton Metro Station. Students can take the Metro transit system into Washington, D.C., and can access the Amtrak train system at New Carrollton. The weekend shuttle offers a trip to and from Annapolis and New Carrollton Station once each day on Friday and Sunday, and twice on Saturday. Students must make advance reservations, however, using WebAdvisor to reserve a seat. Reservations must be made before 2 p.m. on the Thursday before a Friday shuttle trip or before 2 p.m. Friday for a Saturday or Sunday shuttle trip. During College Vacation/Break the shuttle will run more frequently and will stop at BWI Airport. Once again, reservations must be made in advance
Kent Crossing Shuttle
The College offers a shuttle service for those students living in Kent Crossing Apartments. It is available every day of the week starting in the late afternoon, however, time vary depending on the month. The shuttle is available every 20 minutes at the parking lot by Hodson Hall. Here is an up-to-date schedule.
Safe Ride is a student run service that picks students up at night on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Call Safe-Ride, 810-750-7433, tell them your location and they will come pick you up, returning you to campus.
The MUST transportation service operates a regular bus schedule for transportation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. You can catch the bus at two locations in Chestertown, Dollar General and Rose’s Store. This bus, #4, will take you to Easton where you can take another bus, #9 to Cambridge. At Cambridge you can take a Greyhound bus to Washington, DC, Philadelphia or New York City. It is advised that you call in advance to ensure that all buses are operating.
If you get sick or have a health related problem, you can go to the Health Center and they will take good care of you. It is located in Queen Anne’s Hall, and you have to make an appointment in advance in order to be seen by the staff (unless it is an emergency). To make an appointment, contact Vicky Anderson from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you have an emergency or need to be seen outside the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Chester River Hospital is located on 100 Brown Street (right behind Queen Anne Hall), and the phone number is 410-778-3300. In case of an emergency, you may go to the Emergency Room, and they will take care of the problem. Make sure you have your insurance card with you at all times, in order to avoid any delays in your treatment.
Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety is located on the ground floor of Wicomico House in Cullen Hall. Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Officers conduct foot, bike and vehicular patrols of the entire campus. The department aids in the enforcement of federal, state, and local statutes, as well as Washington College regulations. All officers work closely with the local and state jurisdictions and information on criminal activity is shared among agencies when appropriate. To call campus safety dial ext. 7810 from an on-campus phone or 410-778-7810 from off-campus. Dial 911 to call local police, ambulance and/or fire services in case of an emergency.
The Department of Public Safety’s responsibilities include basic security for the entire campus, enforcement of all traffic regulations, including vehicle registration, coordination of fire safety programs, and distribution of all building keys, ID cards, and access control. Public Safety officers have full authority to enforce all College regulations. Failure by members of the College community to comply with a reasonable request of a Public Safety Officer may result in a Washington College Campus Citation being issued, disciplinary action referral, or a criminal charge in the District Court of Maryland.
The Department of Public Safety recognizes that the current location of the office may not be accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone needing assistance can access public safety services by calling 410-778-7810 to make arrangements for service or go to the Student Affairs Office during regular business hours.
The College uses a web-based emergency alert system that you can subscribe to. The emergency notifications are sent to your email and can also be sent to your cell phone. Sign up for WAC Alerts here.
Looking for a place to hold an event on campus? There are several large spaces that are available for student use. They are the I-House (East Hall), Student Center, Lounges in Chester and Sassafras Dorms and the Lit House. Still not quite the space you were looking for? Email Shirley Loller, Campus Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help you reserve your space!
All events on campus must be registered. To register an event, these are the following steps that must be taken:
- Events may occur on any day of the week, with the exception of events that include alcohol. Events involving alcohol (with the exception of the Student Center bar) may occur only Friday and Saturday, or on days that precede a day when no classes are scheduled.
- Events may be scheduled until 12:00 a.m. on the Saturday before final exams.
- Events must be registered using an Event Registration Form and approved by the Office of Student Activities a minimum of two weeks prior to the event date. Event registration forms can be found on the Office of Student Activities website.
- Events must end by 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, and by 11:00 p.m. on all other days, unless the Director of Student Activities approves an exception.
- Sponsoring student(s) or student organization(s) are responsible for all event clean up. Event clean up should occur as close to the ending of the event as possible but must be completed within 12 hours of the events end (unless previous arrangements for a shorter or longer time frame have been made).
- Sponsoring student(s) or student organization(s) are responsible for ensuring that all event conduct is in compliance with state law, local ordinances, and College policy.
- All registered events including alcohol must follow all campus alcohol policies.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed at either indoor or outdoor athletic events, including recreational sports and intramural events.
- Student(s) and/or student organization(s) violating college policy will be subject to disciplinary action by the College or the Honor Board.
All exceptions to the Student Social Event Policy are to be submitted as a request to, and are granted at the discretion of, the Office of Student Activities.
The Dining Hall has many food offerings for residential students, located on the second floor of Hodson Hall Commons. Students, faculty, staff and guests will find different food stations with a variety of options. The Fresh Market has house made soups and fresh salads. The Kitchen offers an ever-changing buffet with entrees (including vegetarian options). Baker’s Crust has with classic deli favorites. The Hearthstone Oven has a brick stone pizza oven to prepare classic Italian dishes. My Pantry offers a freshly prepared special of the day.