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Pre-Orientation Programs

Registration for all Pre-Orientation programs is now closed! If you have registered for a program you can expect to receive an email by Wednesday, July 6th with your program placement.


Click here to view a Pre-Orientation move-in day schedule for August 20th.


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 Kellyanne Ford, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, at 410-778-6118.

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.


Registration will open on Wednesday, June 1 and will close on Tuesday, June 28. Trip space is limited so we recommend signing up early! 

Trip Cost

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

Variety of Programs

The one thing we strive to do is make our programs diverse and unique to our student body. We will be offering a total of 11 trips this summer that range from poetry workshops, kayaking, survival, and sailing on the Chester River. Our program descriptions will be updated and released by Wednesday, May 18. So check back for more information. 

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