10 Things to Know
Watch the videos below to learn more about Washington College, the liberal arts experience, and the surrounding area.
Students working in the Office of English Language Learning developed a series of videos to help new students understand Washington College and the academic way of life they will experience here.
#1. About Washington College & A Liberal Arts Education
Watch this short video to learn more about the history of Washington College as well as the type of education the institution offers undergraduate students.
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#2. Location & Transportation
Washington College is located in Chestertown, a quiet, small town of approximately 5000 people in eastern Maryland. The town is one and a half hours (120 km) by car from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. It is about one and three-quarter hours or 135 km from center city Philadelphia. Chestertown is a little farther from New York City, taking about three hours (approximately 275 km) to drive to Manhattan.
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#3. Weather at Washington College
Because of its location on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, Washington College has milder weather than other nearby areas, such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. But we still enjoy all four seasons throughout the academic year, with spring and autumn being especially beautiful.
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#4. About Chestertown
Chestertown is a historic small town in eastern Maryland, known as the Eastern Shore. Watch the short video below to learn more about the beautiful home of Washington College.
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#5. Things to Do in Chestertown
Some people may think that a town of 5,000 people, such as Chestertown, would be quiet and boring. However, the residents of Chestertown are proud of their historic town and schedule special events throughout the year. This is in addition to the restaurants, stores, and theaters that are open all year.
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#6. Clubs & Organizations
Competitive and recreational sports are not the only way to relax and make friends at Washington College. After classes and studying, spending time with other students who share your interests is a great way to relieve stress and have fun. Visit Student Groups to learn more.
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#7. Classes & Books
Because Washington College is a liberal arts college, we focus on the comprehensive development of students. This means that students study courses in a number of disciplines, with some classes required only for their disciplines, and others required for graduation from the college. Textbooks are not included in the tuition; students can research the textbooks required for their classes through the campus bookstore.
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#8. Communicating with Professors
Professors at Washington College expect students to interact with them, both inside and outside the classroom. In class, they want students to ask questions, express opinions, and even disagree. Being able to repeat what is written in textbooks is not enough; professors want students to volunteer answers and extend the topics discussed in class with their own thoughts and observations.
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Sports are an important part of campus life at Washington College. We offer a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, rowing, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming tennis, and volleyball. Visit Athletics to learn more about sports at Washington College.
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Safety is a primary concern at Washington College. All campus residence halls have secure entrances. Students can register to receive text alerts on their smartphones and college closures or delays are also announced on the college website. Visit Public Safety to learn more about security at Washington College.
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This video project was made possible in part through the support of the Barbara and George Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington College.