- 4 Year
- CHESTERTOWN, MD
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- Academicsgrade B minus
- Valuegrade A minus
- Diversitygrade A minus
- Campusgrade C
- Athleticsgrade B minus
- Party Scenegrade B minus
- Professorsgrade B+
- Locationgrade C
- Dormsgrade C+
- Campus Foodgrade C
- Student Lifegrade C+
- Safetygrade B minus
Founded in 1782, Washington College was the first college chartered in the sovereign United States of America. General George Washington lent us his name, donated 50 guineas to our founding, and served on our first Board of Visitors and Governors. Our goal back then was to cultivate responsible citizen-leaders. Nowadays, we’re committed to giving our students the chance to succeed on their own terms through purposeful choices, enabling a healthy and regenerative global community.
There is no one-size-fits-all at Washington College: from double-majoring to internships to study abroad and semester-long interdisciplinary programs, you can shape your ideal education. Our student body draws roughly 1,400 students from 23 countries, and with a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 12, you’ll never feel lost in the crowd.
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Most Popular Majors
- Business65 Graduates
- Biology44 Graduates
- Economics39 Graduates
- Psychology37 Graduates
- English28 Graduates
- Environmental Science26 Graduates
- Computer Science17 Graduates
- Political Science and Government16 Graduates
- International Relations15 Graduates
- Liberal Arts and Humanities13 Graduates
Environmental Science & Studies at WC
Washington College, located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic beaches, is in a unique location for the study of the environment. Washington College students use the Chesapeake Bay Region—its farms and waterways, its history and culture, its people and their environmental concerns—as a learning laboratory. Students can pursue an environmental science or an environmental studies major.
- A small-town tight knit community26%
Washington College Reviews
In short, it has its ups and downs. Starting with the positives, parts of Chestertown are beautiful in all seasons and worth visiting. The town is full of interesting shops and characters that help keep student life interesting. The campus itself is nice. The professors here are engaging and interesting people, which helps with the small class size.
However, there have been some administrative issues. Part of the Board of Governors (who de facto run the college) operate the college from a financial standpoint with austere measures, which results in crucial budget cuts to student organizations. Furthermore, the town has had issues with racists harassing students of color, and the administration has only given lukewarm responses. This has been especially pronounced the last couple years, leaving a tense and dull environment to some.
There is potential growth at WC, but know what's up.