The WC Standard
Five pillars provide the foundation of a Washington College education. They create well-rounded students, form the unparalleled WC experience, and inspire successful graduates. We call these foundational principles the Washington College Standard.
1. Learning Without Limits
Our students and alumni follow their passions and are always finding new ways to synthesize the things they love. Whether it’s landing the perfect internship, traveling the world on Chesapeake Semester, or doing field research right here on the River and Field Campus, a Washington College education is never confined to the classroom. By providing hands-on learning and meaningful job experiences alongside traditional instruction, we encourage students to craft the education that’s right for them.
2. The Written Word
No matter the major, all Washington College students graduate with the ability to communicate clearly in writing. From our inclusive first-year writing seminars to the extensive literary lecture series offered by the Rose O’Neill Literary House, and even to applications for our Sophie Kerr Prize, opportunities for student writers are never restricted to the English department.
3. Environmental Action
With guidance from the Center for Environment & Society, we work hard to keep Washington College a sustainable, environmentally friendly campus. Student initiatives like Our Back to Tap Program, Bike Share, and Food Recovery Network give our whole campus community the chance to pitch in and make the world a better place. On top of that, our Campus Garden is the first certified Bee Campus USA in Maryland.
4. History Informing the Future
Washington College has provided a solid liberal arts and sciences education since 1782, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the past. From the work done by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience on preserving and updating oral histories to the state-of-the-art equipment in our laboratories and MakerSpace, WC learns from history but never stops looking ahead.
5. Meaningful Connections
At Washington College, you’ll never feel like a number. With a close-knit student body and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, your professors won’t just know your name, they’ll run into you in town or share a coffee with you in the mornings. Whether it’s students, staff, faculty, or alumni, Washington College is a family. Everyone who comes to WC is a part of our family for life.