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Your First Year

Frequently Asked Questions and Parent Information

Our unique Orientation Explore Programs offer an exciting start to your student’s first year at Washington College. Students that participate in the Explore Program are 6% more likely to stay at Washington College all four years. We believe that involvement in an Orientation Explore Program increases engagement among small groups of first-year students, helping to develop a strong network with peers, Faculty, and staff members at the College. Your student will gain valuable insight into the life on the Washington College Campus prior to the start of classes, thus easing their transition.

Q.  When will I know what program I will be participating in?

A: Registration for the Orientation Explore Programs opens on Friday, June 1st and closes on Thursday, June 28th.  Placement notification will be emailed to students no later than Thursday, July 5th. 

Q. When will I know what necessities I need to bring to be prepared for my specific program?

A: When students are notified of their program assignment on July 5th, they will also receive any special packing lists that may accompany their trip.

Q. What is the Orientation Explore registration fee? 

A. The Explore program is included as a part of the First Year Orientation fee. There will be no additional cost to the student during the Explore program. It covers the full cost of the program, all meals, transportation, supplies related to the program, and any entrance fees. 

Q. Is there a wait-list I can be added to if I do not get placed in an Explore program?

A: Yes! Students have until July 20th to secure their program placement. After July 20th students on the waitlist will be assigned to programs based on availability. 

Q. Who can participate in an Explore Program?

A. Almost any first-year student can participate in an Orientation Explore Program. Fall athletes will be ineligible to participate because these new students will have conflicting schedules during the trip times. 

Q.  If I have a disability, will I be able to participate in an Orientation Explore Program?

A: Yes, 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, or call 410-778-7883.

Q. Who can I contact about any other questions that I may have about my Orientation Explore experience?

A: Call Laura Johnstone Wilson, Special Projects Coordinator, at 410-778-6587.