Since 1782, students have come to this Maryland Eastern Shore campus at pivotal moments in their lives, seeking not only an education, but an experience like no other. Offering rigorous coursework in the liberal arts, we invite you to engage in “all hands on learning.” Founded under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College was the first college chartered in the new nation. An intellectual and cultural hub now in its third century, Washington College holds a significant place in the history of American higher education. Today it ranks among the nation’s top 100 selective liberal arts colleges.
Be a part of the Revolution…
The need for a rigorous, engaging liberal arts education has never been greater. Washington College is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who will support the College’s mission to challenge and inspire students to discover lives of purpose and passion. We share the values of our founding patron, George Washington: integrity, determination, curiosity, civility, leadership, and moral courage. We offer academic rigor and self-discovery in a supportive, residential community of well-qualified, diverse, and motivated individuals. We develop in our students habits of analytic thought and clear communication, aesthetic insight, ethical sensitivity, and civic responsibility. We prepare our students for rich and fulfilling lives; for myriad and unpredictable opportunities; for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and productive endeavor.
- Approximately 1,400 undergraduate students from 33 states and 22 nations attend WC.
- Slightly more than half of our students are from public schools, 7 percent are minority students; 3 percent are international.
- Of the most recent entering class, 60 percent took Advanced Placement coursework, 57 percent played a varsity sport, 43 percent were members of the National Honor Society, 33 percent had a music background, and 31 percent held a leadership position during their high school careers.
More than 50 students participate each year in the College’s National Model UN and Model African Union programs.
The Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows provides nearly $100,000 annually in grants of $500 to $3,000 to support student-designed projects and research activities.
The Sophie Kerr Prize, which recognizes the literary promise of a graduating senior, is the largest undergraduate prize in America. The 2012 winner received a check for $58,274.
The College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience sponsors the annual George Washington Book Prize, a nationally prominent award for the year’s best work on early American History.
We offer more than 40 study abroad programs, more than any other private college in Maryland.
FACULTY AND STAFF
The student-to-faculty ration is 12-1 and of our 98 full-time faculty members, 94% hold a Ph.D. or equivalent.
Faculty and students are supported by a staff of roughly 500 employees.
Average class size is 17 students; only 1 in 7 classes has more than 25 students.
For the love of teaching
A dedicated faculty, committed to helping students discover their passion and purpose, is among the particular benefits of attending this small, liberal arts college on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Their love of teaching, and their affection for their students, are genuine. Professors converse easily with students in hallways, at meals, between classes. Beyond organizing class trips and field research, it’s not uncommon for professors to host dinner parties. This uncommon bond is something our students remember for a lifetime.
Although we’re set in a rural location, our 120-acre campus is only 90 minutes from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The main campus sparkles with newly constructed and renovated facilities, and plans are being drawn for a fabulous waterfront campus on the Chester River.
For more information about the Chestertown community see: http://www.chestertown.com/index.php
Washington College has recently acquired the Chester River Field Research Station, where students work to restore native grasslands—the perfect habitat for migratory bird populations. Under the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we are adopting measures to reduce our carbon footprint. A recycling program, a bike share program and a campus garden reinforce the notion that small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
Washington College offers a comprehensive benefit package for full time and part time benefit eligible employees; including health, vision, and dental coverage for employees and their families, group life AD+D and LTD coverage, optional life insurance, retirement plan, and generous leave time. These benefits not only enhance financial security and well-being, they also add significantly to total compensation.
To learn more about the benefits package, please visit: https://www.washcoll.edu/offices/human-resources/benefits.php
Invest in Your Future
Employees and their families have the opportunity to participate in a number of educational programs:
- Tuition Waiver for Employees: Benefit-eligible employees may take up to two courses per semester
- Tuition Waiver for Dependents: After one year of employment, spouses and dependents of benefit-eligible employees may take courses
- Tuition Exchange for Dependents: After one year of employment, dependents of full-time benefit-eligible employees may participate in the Tuition Exchange Program with any other participating institution. For a list of participating institutions and further information, please visit the Tuition Exchange Website.
Top performing colleges rely on top-performing employees.
After one year of full-time employment, Washington College will assist in paying educational costs for approved outside educational courses for full-time employees through our Educational Assistance Program.
In addition, the college supports staff development through on-campus workshops and training, and pays for approved off-campus training and conferences.
Faculty scholarship and development is supported through Faculty Enhancement grants, fellowships and sabbaticals.