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Your First Year

Frequently Asked Questions and Parent Information

Our unique pre-orientation programs offer an exciting start to your student’s first year at Washington College.Students that participate in pre-orientation program are 6% more likely to stay at Washington College all four years. We believe that involvement in a Pre-Orientation 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 to the life on the Washington College campus prior to the start of classes, thus easing thier transition.

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

A: Registration for Pre-Orientation Programs opens on Thursday, June 1st and closes on Tuesday, June 28th.  Placement notification will be emailed to students no later than Thursday, July 6th. 

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 6th, they will also receive any special packing lists that may accompany their trip.

Q. What does the $75 Pre-Orientation registration fee cover? 

A. It covers the full cost of the program, all meals, transportation, supplies related to the program, and any entrance fees. There will be no additional cost to the student during the pre-orientation program. The $75 is an all-inclusive cost. 

Q. Is there a wait-list I can be added to if I do not get placed in a pre-orientation 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 a Pre-Orientation Trip? 

A. Almost any first-year student can participate in a pre-orientation program. Fall athletes and any member of George’s Brigade 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 a Pre-Orientation 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 Pre-Orientation experience?

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