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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

    American University

    Boston College

    Boston University

    Florida State University   

    Brooklyn Law School

    Catholic University

    Cornell University

    CUNY Law School at Queens College

    Dickinson (Penn State)                     

    DePaul University

    Duke University                                                

    Emory University                                               

    George Mason University                                    

    Georgetown University   

    George Washington University

    Gonzaga University

    Hastings College of Law                    

    Hofstra University                                              

    John Marshall Law School – Chicago  

    New England School of Law                             

    New York Law School                            

    Northeastern University                       

    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

    Villanova University

    Wake Forest University

    Washburn University 

    Washington 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%     

    25+                                                      15%

  • What is the student/faculty ratio?

    Eleven to one.

  • What degree programs does Washington College offer?

    Areas of Study

    American Studies                  



    Art and Art History



    Black Studies

    Business Management

         Accounting and Finance

         Global Business


    Chesapeake Regional Studies

    Creative Writing



    Earth and Planetary Science




    Environmental Science and Studies

    Gender Studies


    Human Development

    Elementary Education Studies

         Secondary Education Studies

         Teacher Certification

    Information Systems

    International Literature and Culture

    International Studies

         African Studies

         Asian Studies

         European Studies

         Latin American Studies

         Near Eastern Studies

         Peace and Conflict Studies

    Justice, Law and Society

    Mathematics and Computer Science

    Modern Languages

         French Studies

         German Studies

         Hispanic Studies

         Other Courses/Languages




    Philosophy and Religion


    Political Science









         Clinical Counseling

         Behavioral Neuroscience


    Dual-Degree Programs   

    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.)

    Approximately 96%.