About Us

Do You. Do It All. Do It Here.

Founded in 1782, Washington College was the first college chartered in the sovereign United States of America. General George Washington lent us his name, donated 50 guineas to our founding, and served on our first Board of Visitors and Governors. Our goal back then was to cultivate responsible citizen-leaders. Nowadays, we’re committed to giving our students the chance to succeed on their own terms.

Hands-On Learning

Washington College students work closely with exceptional faculty on projects they are passionate about. With independent research facilitated by programs like the Cater Society and Toll Fellows and hands-on learning provided by our Signature Centers, our students have access to amazing opportunities no matter what they’re studying. Print a chapbook on the antique letterpresses in the Rose O’Neill Literary House, scan the Chester River on one of the Center for Environment & Society’s research vessels, or study the history in our own backyard with the Starr Center.

There is no one-size-fits-all at Washington College: from double-majoring to internships to study abroad and semester-long interdisciplinary programs, students at Washington College get the chance to shape their ideal education. Our student body draws roughly 1,480 students from 29 countries, and with a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 and an average class size of 17, you’ll never feel like a number.

Chestertown isn’t for everyone, but Maryland’s Eastern Shore is heaven for the adventurous spirit who loves the outdoors - and where else would we be able to fit a 4,700-acre living lab like our River and Field Campus? Plus, with Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. within day-trip distance, there are plenty of solutions for the occasional city-life craving.


  • What won’t you study?

    Our list of majors and minors is a good place to start - or find out more from our passionate faculty.

  • Diverse enrollment

    Of our 1,480 students, 18% are minority students and 9% are international. WC students come from 21 states and 29 countries.

  • Explore, explorer!

    Visit us for an open house or tour. Visit admissions for more details.