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Presidential Fellows


Washington College offers select first-year applicants membership into a unique fellowship program.

Who are the Presidential Fellows?

They’re students who’ve demonstrated a commitment to high-level academic achievement and intellectual rigor. They’re curious, ambitious, and highly motivated, willing to work hard and be active participants in their education and the College community. 

Why do they choose the Presidential Fellows program?

For the free dinners, of course! (Just kidding.) True, there are perks like sailing trips on the Chester River and elegant dinners with President Kurt Landgraf and members of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors. But the main reason students become Presidential Fellows is because it can give them a leg up in their college, post-grad, and professional careers. Of the 35 seniors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2015, over one-third were Presidential Fellows. 

How does the Presidential Fellows program help you go farther?

You already know that at Washington College you’ll benefit from small classes and personal attention from your professors. As a Presidential Fellow, get ready to ramp this up. You will immediately be introduced to other students of like mind, dedication, and ambition—a tight, academically focused community within the larger College community. You’ll be paired with faculty advisors who thrive on working with students like you, who will help you maximize your academic schedule and point you to cool opportunities like internships, honors, and fellowships. Those fun perks like dinners with the President and tours to the State House? They all have the broader goal of giving you face time with a distinguished company that includes technology entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 company leaders, cutting-edge scientists, and respected academics.

The Benefits 

  • Students having dinner with faculty.Begin your college career with an elegant dinner hosted by President Kurt Landgraf; you’ll have unique opportunities to meet with distinguished scientists, artists, technology and business entrepreneurs, authors, policy makers, legislators, and academics—all of whom want to see you succeed and can help you do it.
  • Get priority course registration for your first two years.
  • You’ll be a special guest at activities sponsored by the College’s chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows, and the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. These opportunities will help you qualify for election to these honors societies, which can open further doors for you to compete for distinguished national honors such as Fulbright Fellowships and Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships.
  • Spend a day sailing aboard an 18th-century tall ship. An experience which gives you a unique and memorable way to get acquainted with the heart of your new College home, the Chester River, complete with riverside picnic and fireworks at dusk.
  • Attend programs designed to help you take advantage of essential experiences including internshipsexternshipspost-graduate and career-oriented opportunities.
  • Be mentored by a faculty advisor who has earned high marks from students and can help you plan your course load to maximize your time and effort.
  • Get special invitations to enroll in honors courses.
  • Enjoy the option of rooming with other Presidential Fellows who share similar study habits and social interests.