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Your First Year

Pre-Orientation Programs

Our unique pre-orientation programs offer an exciting and inspiring start to your first year at Washington College. Each pre-orientation experience provides an opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills, get a jump-start on getting involved on campus and meet other students with similar interests. You will also be able to move in early and become familiar with the Washington College campus before the formal new student orientation program begins.

We believe that a positive college experience for students. Rich with opportunities for personal development will help you to achieve the following results:

  1. Intellectual growth and appreciation for the liberal arts;
  2. Sense of responsibility and beginning independence;
  3. Appreciation for diversity;
  4. Knowledge of Chestertown and the eastern shore region.

Additionally, we believe that involvement in the pre-orientation programs increases engagement among small groups of first-year students, helping to develop a strong network with both peers and staff members at the College.

If you have any questions about the program, please call Heather Morris, Director of Student Activities, at 410-810-7146.

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


All registration and payment information can be found here.

Arrival and Check-in Information

Please view our pre-orientation Arrival and Check-in Information page for information about moving into your residence hall on Saturday, August 16th, and ticket information for the Welcome Dinner/Crab Feast.

Check out video highlights from various Pre-Orientation Programs!

Part I

 Part II