About Us


When we first opened our doors in 1782, parents paid college tuition with bales of tobacco and bushels of oysters. While it’s been a long time since barges laden with peaches and tomatoes plied the Chester River, we think our rural heritage is still worth preserving.

Washington College has recently acquired the Chester River Field Research Station, where students work to restore native grasslands—the perfect habitat for migratory bird populations. Under the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we are adopting measures to reduce our carbon footprint. A recycling program, a bike share program, campus garden reinforce the notion that small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.

Campus Sustainability

Student Environmental Alliance (SEA)

The Student Environmental Alliance has inspired many of the initiatives that make Washington College a more sustainable campus. SEA primarily focuses on:

  • Promoting awareness of local, national, and international environmental issues and concerns
  • Environmental education
  • Keeping a record of accomplishments to provide for future SEA generations
  • Fostering personal environmental well-being
  • Positively affecting the campus community, our hometown of Chestertown, and outside communities through its environmental initiatives