From admitted students events to choosing classes, there's a lot to keep up to date with. This page has it all in one place (so does your Next Steps Folder, hang onto that for all four booklets!).
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- Claim your self-service account
- Schedule a campus visit
- Pay your deposit & enroll
- What is Orientation Explore?
- Choose an Explore! program
- Register for Explore!
- Connect with your classmates on social media
- Learn about peer mentors
- Register & prepare for Flock Together Summer Advising
- Take Math and Language Placement Exams
- Complete Housing and Dining Forms
- Flock Together Registration
- Complete Health Form
- Summer To-Do Items
- How to pay your bill
- Move-in day information
Claim Your Self Service Account
We hope you will be joining us as one of the newest members of Goose Nation, but in the meantime, let's start things off by claiming your temporary Self-Service Account. By now, you should have received an email from the Office of Information and Technology with instructions on how to claim your temporary Self-Service Account. You will also receive paper copies in the mail.
Your temporary Self-Service Account will allow you access to view:
- Your financial aid award
- Information about what may be missing for us to complete your file
If you have not received either an email or a letter, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will contain your College issued ID number. You’ll need this to set up your account. We’ve provided space in the hard copy booklet for you to write them down as a reference.
Step One: Explore Washington College
As an admitted student to WC, you have so much to look forward to! From exclusive events (trivia, anyone?) to daily visits, to our video library, there is a world of opportunity for you to deepen your understanding of Washington College.
Whether you are planning your first or fifth visit, Washington College believes that you can never visit too much. Each visit—virtual or in person—allows you the opportunity to take away new experiences and connections.
Attend an Admitted Students Event
From faculty meet-and-greets to alumni panels, WC offers an array of opportunities for you to envision yourself as a member of Goose Nation and to connect with your fellow admitted students. One of our favorite events of the year is Admitted Students Day, our spring open house exclusively for admitted students! We’ll make sure you receive an invitation to each of our special events, but you can also access our upcoming events at washcoll.edu/admittedevents.
Use Your Resources
We’ve put them all in one place for you! washcoll.edu/admitted is your hub for staying up to date on upcoming events, next steps, and important dates. If you have questions during your next steps as an admitted student reach out to your admissions counselor!
Step Two: Pay your Deposit and Enroll
Ok, you’re admitted, you have a temporary Self-Service Account, you’ve set your sights on WC, and now it is time to officially enroll!
The first step is to pay your enrollment ($700) deposit. This will allow you to access your student email account, sign up for Orientation Explore!, and complete all of the necessary paperwork.
There are three ways to pay:
- Call 410-778-7700. We can take your credit card over the phone.
- Mail a check in the amount of $700 to:
- Pay online at: enrollment.washcoll.edu/status
You will also complete your “Commit to Enroll” form at enrollment.washcoll.edu/status. This is the Admissions Student Portal. You will use the same credentials to login here that you used to apply to Washington College.
Having trouble logging in? Email email@example.com for assistance.
Please note: You are considered “enrolled” the following day (24 hours) after payment is received.
Hooray, you are officially a member of Goose Nation!
Step Three: Check your Account Access
Now that you are enrolled, be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Information and Technology containing your permanent Washington College credentials. These credentials will be used to access many secure online services associated with WC, such as your WC email, Canvas, and Self Service using Single Sign-On (SSO). This email will also have instructions for claiming your WC Account, in case you have not done so already. If you claimed your temporary account using the instructions under Claim Your Self Service Account, the information from your temporary account will automatically transfer over to your WC Account and you do not need to reclaim your account.
To ensure that you do not miss out on any important information, you will want to check your account access by logging into your Washington College email.
If you run into any trouble using your SSO please contact Washington College’s Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-778-7777.
We recognize that your chosen name may differ from your legal name. If you have a name that you would prefer us to associate with your SSO and use on class rosters, please share it with us through the Chosen Name and Pronoun(s) Form.
The Chosen Name and Pronoun(s) Form is optional to complete. If your chosen name differs from your legal name we invite you to complete the form, however the form is not required to complete your enrollment to Washington College.
Booklet Two: Getting Started with Orientation
What is Orientation?
Washington College’s orientation is a multi-faceted program that will take you through every step of preparing for your first semester. Each member of Goose Nation wants you to feel welcomed and supported as you begin your college experience, so our orientation program was created to connect you with the resources you’ll need most throughout your time here.
Our four components of orientation will help you soar with confidence into your first year at WC:
1. Pre-Flight Check
These are the online tasks that you need to complete throughout the summer to prepare for living and learning at Washington College. Your pre-flight check items will be provided to you in the next booklet.
2. Flock Together
In June you and your family will come to Chestertown to get better acquainted with Washington College, connect with fellow students, meet faculty and staff, register for classes, make new friends, and learn about important resources. There will be more about this event in the third Next Steps booklet.
3. Explore! | August 22-25
This signature pre-orientation program occurs right before our traditional on-campus orientation. Students move in on Monday, August 22 and begin Explore! experiences that day. The three-day program is designed to help you connect with a small group of fellow first year students, cultivate new friendships, and gain an appreciation for the unique opportunities in our area. You will learn more about Explore! in this booklet.
4. Goose Nation Gathers | August 25-28
When most people imagine college orientation this program is what comes to mind. On-campus new student orientation begins right after Explore! on August 25 and ends with convocation on August 28. Guided by your peer mentor, you will become immersed in our Goose Nation Community. Each day of this on-campus program is packed with informative sessions, social events, and outlets for wellness. By the end of the program, you will have tips and tools to help you navigate the challenges ahead.
Step One: Choose an Explore! Program
This three-day specialty experience offers an exciting start to your first year at Washington College and an excellent opportunity to meet people with similar interests.
Explore! programs range from trips to Washington D.C. to filmmaking, kayaking on the Chester River to e-sports, visits to our River and Field Campus and much, much more. With over 20 programs to choose from, you may have a hard time selecting your favorite. Read through the program descriptions at the end of this booklet to get an idea of programs offered in the past.
Stay tuned in early April for the 2022 program descriptions.
Step Two: Register for Explore!
Once you pay your deposit and activate your permanent WC account (see your first Next Steps booklet for instructions), you can sign up for your Explore! program. Registration for 2022 Explore! opens at the beginning of April. Programs are offered on a first come first serve basis, so the sooner you register the more choices you will have.
Online Explore! registration is from April 4th — July 1st at washcoll.edu/explore.
Click on the first link for registration. The Qualtrics Survey will appear — please fill in the survey. On the survey, rank your top 6 Explore! programs in the order of your preference, with 1 being most preferred. You must rank your top 6 program selections in order to complete this survey.
We will make every effort to notify you of your placement within four weeks of completing your registration survey. All communication will occur through your Washington College email account. Once notified of your placement, you may need to fill out additional forms depending upon the program.
There is no additional cost to participate in an Explore! program. WC works with students of all abilities to maximize participation in programs and activities.
Contact Assistant Dean Tricia Connor Biles, at email@example.com or call 410-778-7752 if you have questions or require accommodations.
Step Three: Connect on Social Media
Washington College students are invited to meet other students in their class on Facebook. As a member of the Facebook group you will be able to introduce yourself, find potential roommates, meet classmates, receive reminders about due dates and events, and more!
Find us on Facebook by searching “Washington College Class of 2026”.
Once you make contact with your Peer Mentor, you will have the opportunity to connect with your Peer Mentor group on additional social media platforms.
Who is my Peer Mentor?
Peer Mentors are your own personal first year guides! They are exceptional student leaders who you can depend on to help you adjust to all aspects of college life throughout your first year.
As a new student, you are assigned to a Peer Mentor and a Peer Mentor group. Sometime over the summer, after you’ve registered for classes, your Peer Mentor will contact you to introduce themselves, learn more about you, and connect you with your peer mentor group. Be sure to make time for this connection.
Peer Mentor groups generally consist of 8–15 new students led by one or two Peer Mentors. For those of you who are starting Washington College in the fall, students from your Peer Mentor group will be your classmates in your first-year seminar. This means that on your first day of class you will be greeted by familiar faces, which allows you to start your academic journey with a solid foundation.
To make sure that your transition is smooth and complete, your Peer Mentor will continue to meet with your group and you, individually, throughout the entire year. They will remind you about post-orientation events and other programs for first-year students. They may also draw your attention to interesting lectures, concerts, open mic nights, and many other traditions and events at Washington College. It is your Peer Mentor’s utmost responsibility and promise to continue to check in with you to help you feel welcome and supported. For many of you, you will find that your Peer Mentor becomes a valued friend and guide throughout your college career and beyond.
Sample of Previous Explore! Programs
Wacked out Service: Habitat for Humanity
Meet your new neighbors and fellow community members, work alongside your new classmates, and build connections to your new home in ways that will make a lasting difference for years to come. Use a drill to help rebuild a wheelchair ramp for a disabled veteran, or a hammer to hang siding on the future home of a single mom and her kids, or a paintbrush on the trim of the front porch of an elderly couple – we’ll teach you how to do all of it.
Shore & Sports
Campus Recreation runs weekly sport programs, called Intramural Sports, takes trips off campus to experience outdoor adventure and oversees all Club Sports. Enjoy a mix of some of the different sports, along with a few trips off-campus to experience cool activities like crabbing and seeing a baseball game.
Sustainability at WC and Beyond
Students have the power to make changes on campus and in Chestertown. Be part of making WC more sustainable. Learn about local, national, and international environmental issues. Kayak in a near-campus watershed, talk about sustainable food for the campus, and build something from reclaimed materials.
The National Society of Leadership and Success Crash Course
Do you want to be a leader on campus? Do you want to be a leader who builds a better world? Meet your classmates, develop your leadership skills, and participate in a community service project. Learn about Student Government Association, the Student Events Board, and being a class officer. Participate in team building and fun social events.
Kent County: A Space to Create
Explore Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment District and other arts venues and studios around Kent County. Meet local artists making their living and contributing to their communities through art. Talk with local leaders about both the economic benefits of a strong arts sector, and its impact on the quality of life in Kent County. Enjoy performances, creative workshops, and more.
Land and Sea Adventure
Challenge yourself with this three-day adventure with activities such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, swimming, fishing, and paddle boarding. Students will spend most of their time on the Chester River, including a local crabbing trip. A ropes course will be included as part of the adventure.
Let's Play – Washington College
Join the Washington Interactive Gaming Society (WIGS), the campus gaming club, and play games and make new friends. Like strategy? We’ve got two kinds of Risk (one of which has dragons), classic games galore, and plenty you’ve never heard of (Coup, Pushfight, Power Grid, Seven Wonders, the list goes on). Card games your thing? We’ve got Magic on lock. Maybe you’re a role-player? We have way more than just Dungeons & Dragons.
Join us for a hands-on approach to learning filmmaking as you explore storytelling from documentary, experimental, and narrative perspectives. You’ll work on projects — independently and/or collaboratively — to learn how to find compelling stories and then how to script, shoot and edit your film to engage your audience.
Experience Kent County: Eastern Shore Style
On this three-day, two-night experience with Echo Hill Outdoor School (EHOS), participants engage in a series of high-ropes elements on the Challenge Course. Tour different parts of Kent County and meet a variety of personalities who call the area home. Other activities include exploring a freshwater shrub swamp by canoe and roasting marshmallows for s’mores over a beach bonfire. Enjoy a traditional Eastern Shore crab feast followed by a Chesapeake poetry and music performance to end your journey.
Experience The Chester River: Live On It!
Navigate the Chester River with Echo Hill Outdoor School (EHOS) on their historic wooden workboats. Experience living legacies of Maryland history while on this three-day, three-night expedition, led by captains who have spent their lives on the Chester River. Spend your days fishing, crabbing, meeting local watermen, swimming, and exploring the ecology of rural coastlines along the Chester River.
Booklet Three: Flock Together
Step 1: Register and Prepare for Summer Advising
Flock Together Summer Advising dates are June 22, 23, and 24, 2022
In June, you and your family Flock Together at Washington College with other incoming students and families. This day welcomes you to your new college community and provides valuable information for making the most of your Washington College experience. You’ll hear from faculty and meet representatives from key offices, including Residential Life, Athletics, Career Development, Health Services, Counseling Services, Intercultural Affairs, Student Engagement, and the Office of Academic Skills. Students will sign up for their first year seminar and set their fall schedule. Parent sessions highlight college services, financial processes, and how families can support this pivotal transition.
Why must I attend?
The transition to college is an exciting time in your life. Flock Together is an opportunity for you and your family to become better acquainted with Washington College. The most important task you will accomplish during Flock Together is to meet with an academic advisor to plan your Fall schedule. It is also a time to connect with other first-year students – the starting point for many WC friendships.
When can I register?
Registration for Flock Together opens Monday, May 2, 2022 and closes on Friday, June 10, 2022. You can change your selected date any time between May 2 and June 10 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I register?
What if I cannot attend Flock Together?
While we urge you to attend Flock Together in June, we are happy to assist you with registering for your Fall 2022 classes in person or by phone any time after June 24. To make an appointment to register for your courses, please call the office at 410-778-7202 or email email@example.com after May 2. The first available appointment will be June 27.
What should I do to prepare for Flock Together?
1. Complete the Financial Responsibility Form
Students receive bills and statements online and get a monthly email reminder about their statement at their washcoll.edu email address. Complete the required Financial Responsibility Form in order to add at least one additional email address for someone who will also receive an email alert that the bill is available for viewing/printing. You will not be allowed to register for Fall 2022 classes at Flock Together or later unless you have completed the Financial Responsibility Form.
2. Take the Foreign Language Placement Survey and Math Placement Exam
These exams open on May 2 and you must complete both by June 10. You will not be allowed to register for Fall 2022 classes at Flock Together or later unless you have taken the Math Placement Exam and either taken the Foreign Language Placement Survey & Exam or indicate why you should be exempt. More information can be found on the following page under “Step 2: Take Placements Exams.”
3. Review the information at washcoll.edu/new under Academic Success, where you will find:
- Suggestions for how to select courses and balance your course load.
- Explanation of the first-year seminar program.
4. Complete your Course Selection Worksheet:
The worksheet is available at washcoll.edu/summertodolist. Click on “Flock Together Course Selection Worksheet.” Please bring the completed worksheet with you to your advising appointment with your summer academic advisor, who will help you register for your Fall 2022 courses. You will also need to complete these items if you are not able to attend Flock Together, in order to prepare for your advising appointment.
Step Two: Take Placement Exams
*Please Note: The Language Placement Test is not compatible with iPhone devices or browser. Please use Chrome or Firefox browser to take the test.
Instructions for the Language Placement Survey & Exam
In order to register for classes, all students must complete the online language survey on Web Advisor. Please follow the instructions below:
1. Go to washcoll.edu/new
2. Click on “WebAdvisor.”
3. With your username and password, log into WebAdvisor and click on the “Students” menu. DO NOT include “@washcoll.edu” when entering your ID.
4. Under “Miscellaneous options,” click on “Language Survey/Placement.”
5. Read the instructions carefully and indicate (with a “yes” or “no”) whether you will need to take the placement exam.
You MUST take the placement exam if: English is your first language and you have studied Chinese, French, Spanish or German.
You should NOT take the exam if:
a) English is not your first language.
b) You have studied a foreign language other than Chinese, French, Spanish or German.
c) You have never studied a foreign language.
If you select “no,” you will be asked to complete a survey about your language experience. Please answer all of the questions to the best of your knowledge.
If you select “yes,” please follow these instructions:
Taking the Placement Exam (Chinese, French, German or Spanish)
1. Read and acknowledge the Honor Code statement and click “Submit.” By clicking “Submit,” you promise to do your own work and your best work on the placement exam. Any attempt to manipulate the results of the exam (for instance, by giving wrong answers or by using outside sources to answer the questions) will be considered a violation of the Honor Code.
2. While viewing the Honor Code Acknowledgment page you will want to copy down your Student ID number:___________________________________
You will need it to take the placement exam.
3. Click on “Continue to exam.”
4. Log into Test Site with the following:
- First name
- Last name
- Full Washington College email: ex. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student ID number
- Enter the password “shoremen1”
5. Select the language to be tested.
6. Begin the language background Pre-Test Survey and submit when finished.
7. Once Pre-Test Survey is complete, click “Begin Test.”
8. Once you finish the test, click “See Score Report.”
9. At this point, results are recorded on your language test profile and you can log out.
Special Notes about the Language Placement Exam
It will take you approximately 5 to 35 minutes to complete the Language Placement Exam. The exam is a “smart test;” it offers a new question based on your previous response. For example, if you get a question right, the program will follow with a different question than if you were to get the same question wrong.
In some cases, the program decides on a placement level with just a few questions; in others, you may have to answer many questions before the program can determine your placement level.
For more details about the language requirement, please visit: washcoll.edu/world-languages-cultures
Instructions for the Math Placement Exam
In order to register for classes, students must complete the Math Placement Exam. The Math Placement Exam is administered through Canvas, WC’s online learning management system. Please follow the instructions below to get to the exam website in Canvas.
1. Go to washcoll.edu/new and click “WebAdvisor.”
2. With your User ID and password log into WebAdvisor and click on the “Students” menu. DO NOT include “@washcoll.edu” when entering your ID.
3. Under “Miscellaneous options,” click on “Math Placement Exam.”
4. Read the page carefully and then continue to the Math Placement Exam website by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
5. Now you will be asked to log in to Canvas. You need to log in with your Washington College email ID and password. DO NOT include “@washcoll.edu” when entering your ID.
Special Notes about the Math Placement Exam
- All students must take the Math Placement Exam. There are two short exams. The website will explain if you have to take only one or both. Taking one or both depends on your anticipated area of study.
- You must have “claimed” your Washington College email account before attempting to go to the Math Placement Exam website.
- The first time you log in to Canvas for the Placement Exam, it will ask you to accept the course invitation. Make sure to “Accept” the invitation, which will take you to the Math Placement Exam.
- You are welcome (and encouraged) to go to the website for the Placement Exam to read about the exam before you actually take it. This can be helpful if you are concerned about what topics are on the exam.
If you have any questions please contact the Dean’s Office at email@example.com or 410-778-7202.
Step Three: Complete Housing and Dining Forms
Please complete the forms below by May 31, 2022
Your Washington College residence hall will truly be your home away from home; the oncampus living experience is one of the most rewarding aspects of your education. Directions for completing these forms are also available at washcoll.edu/new.
- Visit washcoll.edu/housing-meals to sign-up for your housing and meal plan. Use your user ID and password that you use for your email account. DO NOT include “@washcoll.edu” when entering your ID.
- The new student application is under the “Applications” tab on the left.
- After completing the Housing and Meals Application and Information forms, be sure to click on “Personal Information” and fill in the Addresses and Emergency Contacts form. Make sure the information is correct.
- Your parent or guardian must complete the “Parent/Guardian Information Form” found on WebAdvisor.”
Helpful tips while filling out your forms:
- Application: New Student Housing Preference.
Make sure to enter your cell phone number!
- Room Selection: Roommates/Suitemates.
If you know the first and last name of the person you wish to room with, this is where you submit their name.
- Meal Plan: Select a meal plan.
Information about the meal plans is available here online at www.dineoncampus.com/wc/for-residents. For questions regarding meal plans and dining on campus, please contact Dining Services at 410-778-7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions as you complete your housing forms, visit Residential Life at washcoll.edu/new-student-housing for information about each hall, themed housing, resident assistants, and more.
For students who complete their housing forms by May 31, we anticipate that housing assignments will be available on or around July 8.
Flock Together Checklist
- Register for a Flock Together day
- Complete the Financial Responsibility Form
- Take the Foreign Language Placement Exam
- Take the Math Placement Exam
- Explore the WC Course Catalog at washcoll.edu/course-catalog
- Complete the Flock Together Course Selection Worksheet
- Complete the Parent/Guardian Information Form
- Complete the Housing and Meals Application and Information Forms
Booklet Four: Joining The Flock
Participate in Flock Together Summer Advising
Beginning May 2, 2022 you can register for Flock Together here. Registration closes on June 10, 2022 at 4pm.
During Flock Together you will hear from faculty and meet representatives from key
offices including Residential Life, Athletics, Career Development, Health Services, Counseling
Services, Intercultural Affairs, Student Engagement, and the Office of Academic Skills.
Students will sign up for their first- year seminar and set their fall schedule. Parent
highlight college services, financial processes, and how families can support this pivotal transition. More information about Flock Together requirements can be found at washcoll.edu/new.
For a deeper look into Flock Together you can revisit Booklet Three: Preparing for Advising Day “Flock Together” in your handy-dandy folder or at washcoll.edu/next-steps. There you will find tips for picking classes and everything you need to know to prepare for this important day.
Step 1: Complete Your Health Form
The required student Health Form is available online at
Please print out the health form and schedule your physical now so your
doctor can complete the physical and immunization portions of the form.
This form must be uploaded to the student health portal at
https://washcoll.studenthealthportal.com/ under “1st year and transfer physicals” by August 1st for Fall arrivals or January 1st for Spring arrivals.
In your student health portal, you will also be assigned forms to complete
including: consent to treat, emergency contacts, health history and proof of immunizations that must be completed on the portal. Athletes will be assigned documents to complete for athletics in the student health portal. Students who have not completed the Student Health Form and provided proof of required immunizations will not be allowed to move into their residence hall.
Health Insurance is required. Please complete the waiver (if you
have private insurance) or enroll in the student health insurance at
www.universityhealthplans.com. Please upload a copy of the front and back of your insurance card on the student health portal Form by August 1st for Fall arrivals or January 1st for Spring arrivals. International students are required to purchase the student health insurance as most international policies will not work in the U.S. You will be automatically enrolled.
Step 2: Complete Your Summer To-Do Items
EVERFI Online Coursework
At Washington College we are dedicated to setting you up for greater success both as a student and as a member of the community here and beyond. As such, Washington College has partnered with EVERFI, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills, such as alcohol abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, diversity and inclusion and mental well-being while at college.
Washington College expects you to complete the following EVERFI courses:
- Sexual Assault Prevention
- Mental Well-being for Students
- Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
This online education will cover topics that will help you to:
- Develop critical skills to make thoughtful and healthy choices outside the classroom
- Reflect on your knowledge, attitudes, and experiences related to these issues
- Support your peers and yourself when faced with tough situations
You will receive access to the courses after you claim your Washington College email account (see Booklet One for instructions).
The coursework must be completed by August 19, 2022.
- To log in to the course, please go to washcoll.edu/new and click on Student Self-Service and navigate to “Student Planning”.
- Click on “Student Planning” on the top navigation bar; this should release a dropdown list. Click on EVERFI Classrooms in the list.
- You’ll be taken to the EVERFI website where you will select “Student” as your user type to begin.
- You will use your Washington College email address and password to log in.
- If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
A comprehensive career guidance program from the Center for Career Development.
Focus 2 is housed inside of Handshake, our comprehensive student career management system. You’ll use Handshake to register for events, workshops, make appointments, post your resume, search for internships and jobs, schedule interviews, and more. It is an important tool that you’ll need to use throughout all four years at WC.
The deadline to complete your Focus 2 is August 26, 2022.
- Go to washcoll.joinhandshake.com/login to access Handshake. (Handshake has an app for Android and iPhone!)
- Click the blue “Single Sign On” button and enter your WC username (i.e.: jsmith2) and password. (It’s the same information you use to sign into email). Take time to complete your user profile as this will help Handshake’s analytics to refer appropriate content to you.
- Once you arrive at your home page, go to the “Career Center” tab on the top toolbar to the right.
- Select “Resources” from the drop down.
Step 4: Arrive and Move-in!
Move-in Day is on Monday, August 22, 2022*
Dates and details about move-in will be posted at washcoll.edu/new under “Moving In and Orientation.”
Do you have questions like: What size area rug should I buy? Can I bring a microwave? What size sheets should I bring? Visit washcoll.edu/whattobring to answer all of your burning questions!
If your parent or guardian would like to stay overnight in the Chestertown area for Move-in Day, there’s a list of accommodations at washcoll.edu/accommodations.
*If you are a fall student-athlete, please contact your coach to determine your team’s move-in day.
Find a comprehensive list of important summer deadlines here!