Have a question about the College? Or maybe about the application process? We’ve got the answers.
In the Office of Admissions, we answer a range of questions from “What’s your application deadline?” to “How many students are in each class?” to “What can I do with a major in history from Washington College?”
Where can I find additional sources of financial aid?
Students can conduct scholarship searches and discover a wealth of helpful information at a number of websites. A good place to start is www.fastweb.com
Does WC offer a prepaid tuition plan?
Yes, Washington College offers a prepaid tuition plan which guarantees savings by protecting the student from future increases in the price of tuition. Tuition may be prepaid at the prevailing semester rate by multiplying the current semester rate by the number of semesters to be prepaid. Prepayment must be received in the student accounts office along with the prepayment agreement document no later than August 5 to lock in that semester’s rate.
The prepaid tuition option covers tuition only; room, board, and other fees cannot be prepaid and will be invoiced according to the normal billing cycles.
For additional information, contact Doryann Barnhardt, Director, Office of Student Aid, 410.778.7214.
Does WC participate in a tuition payment plan that allows installment payments for each semester’s bill?
For a modest annual fee, Washington College families can make their college payments in 5,10, 11, or 12-month installments.
Are there state financial aid programs that I should know about?
Yes. Maryland residents can benefit from a variety of state-funded scholarships and grants. Information about these programs is available in high schools and at local public libraries. Filing the FAFSA on or before February 15 is a requirement for state-funded programs. In most cases, out-of-state residents cannot transport their home-state awards to Washington College.
Will your institution meet my full financial need?
The percentage of demonstrated need that is met by the College’s aid award varies from student to student. Meeting full demonstrated need is not the policy of Washington College.
Once my financial aid package is awarded, will additional scholarships reduce the amount of financial aid I can receive?
Additional scholarships will not reduce the amount of a merit-based aid award; however it may change the distribution of funds within a need-based award package. WC is one of many institutions that reserves the right to replace institutional funds in a need-based award with outside funds. Additional scholarships can be combined with institutional merit scholarships—up to the annual cost of attendance.
Does Washington College offer athletic scholarships?
No. As a NCAA Division III member, Washington College is prohibited from awarding athletic scholarships.
Are Washington College admissions decisions ‘need-blind’?
Yes, admissions decisions are made without consideration of a student’s financial circumstances.
Does Washington College engage in award negotiation?
No. Special circumstances that relate to the needs-analysis process and that can be documented should be brought to the attention of the Office of Student Aid as soon as possible.
Will my request for aid have any impact on my ability to be admitted?
No. All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid.
When will I be notified of my need-based financial aid eligibility?
Financial aid for new students is awarded in March and April.
What are the deadlines for submitting financial aid forms?
The FASFA must be filed by March 1.
What materials are needed to apply for need-based financial aid?
WC requires aid applicants to submit the FAFSA (WC code # 002108.) Signed copies of student and parent federal tax returns are also required prior to the awarding of need-based aid.
What types of financial aid are available?
- Federal Pell, TEACH, and SEOG grants
- Perkins and PLUS (parent) loans
- Federal Work Study
- State scholarships and grants
- WC academic scholarships (merit-based)
- WC grants (need-based)
How many Washington College students receive aid?
Approximately 75 percent of the student body receives some form of need-based financial aid or merit-based scholarship award.
To which medical schools have our graduates recently been offered admission?
Brown Medical School
Drexel University College of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Jefferson Medical College
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Marshall University School of Medicine
Medical College of Ohio
New York University School of Medicine
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine
St. George’s University School of Medicine
SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
University of Alabama School of Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
University of Miami School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine
University of South Florida College of Medicine
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Washington University School of Medicine (M.D. Ph.D.)
West Virginia University School of Medicine Wright State University School of Medicine
To which law schools have our graduates recently been offered admission?
Albany Law School
Florida State University
Brooklyn Law School
CUNY Law School at Queens College
Dickinson (Penn State)
George Mason University
George Washington University
Hastings College of Law
John Marshall Law School – Chicago
New England School of Law
New York Law School
Penn State University
Saint Louis University
St. Thomas University School of Law
University of Georgia
University of Iowa
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Missouri, Kansas
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of Texas
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Whittier College School of Law
Widener University School of Law
William and Mary
William Mitchell College of Law
What is the College’s persistence rates?
Approximately 87% of all freshmen return for their sophomore year and approximately 73% graduate.
What is the average class size?
The average class size is 17; the distribution of courses by class size is as follows:
Class Size % of Total
Ind. Study 6%
2 to 5 11%
6 to 10 16%
11 to 15 20%
16 to 20 21%
21 to 25 11%
What is the student/faculty ratio?
Eleven to one.
What degree programs does Washington College offer?
Areas of Study
Art and Art History
Accounting and Finance
Chesapeake Regional Studies
Earth and Planetary Science
Environmental Science and Studies
Elementary Education Studies
Secondary Education Studies
International Literature and Culture
Latin American Studies
Near Eastern Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies
Justice, Law and Society
Mathematics and Computer Science
Philosophy and Religion
3+2 in Nursing with University of Maryland College Park
3+2 in Nursing with University of Delaware
3+4 in Pharmacy with University of Maryland
3+2 in Engineering with Columbia University
What degrees are conferred?
We offer the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
Does Washington College accept the Common Application?
Yes! The Web site for the Common Application is www.commonapp.org
Are high school honors courses weighted?
Yes, if the high school does not provide a weighted GPA, we will calculate an Academic Grade Point Average and give extra weight to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other accelerated or enriched courses.
Is an interview required?
Interviews are strongly recommended and, in some cases, specifically required. Qualified applicants who have interviewed may be given preference over qualified applicants who have not interviewed.
What credentials are required to complete the application?
The following credentials are necessary:
- completed and signed application form
- one teacher recommendation
- admission essay/personal statement
- SAT-I or ACT scores
- one counselor recommendation
- official transcript
When should I apply?
Early Decision applicants have an application deadline of November 15, Early Action applicants have a deadline of December 1, and Regular Admission applicants have a deadline of February 15. Early Decision is binding, Early Action is not. Early Decision and Early Action applicants who have not had an admission interview or attended an open house program may be deferred to Regular Admission. Admission decisions are issued bi-weekly from mid-October through the end of March. Admitted applicants are expected to pay a non-refundable $700.00 enrollment deposit by the Candidate’s Reply Date of May 1. Deposits received after May 1 will not be honored if the entering class has reached its enrollment capacity on May 1.
Are students required to live on campus?
In most cases, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus; students may petition to receive permission to live off-campus. On-campus housing is available for approximately 1,100 students.
How many graduates attend graduate school?
Approximately one-third go on to advanced studies in the first year following graduation; approximately half within five years.
What percentage of the faculty hold a terminal degree? (Ph.D., Ed.D, etc.)