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About Us

The Basics

Welcome to Washington College, where George Washington never slept. But he did walk the streets of Chestertown, donate 50 guineas to our founding, and serve on the Board of Visitors and Governors.

As the first college chartered in the newly independent United States, we are still defined by our close connection to America’s founding era, along with an appreciation for our beautiful Chesapeake Bay environment and a culture that fosters good writing.

Personal Connections.

About 1,450 undergraduates from 33 states and 22 nations share a 112-acre campus.  A 12-to-1 ratio of students to faculty encourages conversation in and out of class. Beyond academics, there are countless ways to define yourself, develop your interests, and connect with others: 62 clubs, 17 varsity sports, 17 club sports, a half-dozen intramurals, and a packed schedule of student-organized events.

Perfectly situated.

Our setting may be a historic river town surrounded by farmland, but it’s also an easy drive to D.C., Baltimore and Philly. We think it’s the best of both worlds. Traffic congestion only when you want it.

Passionate about the past.

We were founded in 1782—in the closing days of the American Revolution—to educate students who could help lead a free society and do the hard work of democracy. Today our students learn how the lessons of history relate to the issues of today. And, like their 18th-century counterparts, they graduate ready to assume important roles in society. 

Psyched about the future.

The need for a rigorous, engaging liberal arts education has never been greater. The main campus sparkles with newly constructed and renovated facilities, and plans are being drawn for a fabulous waterfront campus on the Chester River.  

General Washington would be proud.


  • High school stats

    Of the most recent entering class, 60% took Advanced Placement coursework, 57% played a varsity sport, 43% were members of the National Honor Society, 33% had a music background, and 31% held a leadership position in high school.

  • Student/Faculty Ratio

    Our student-to-faculty ratio is 12-to-1. The average class size is 17 students; only one in seven classes has more than 25 students.

  • Enrollment

    Of 1,460 undergraduates, slightly more than half are from public schools, 7% are minority students, and 3% are international.