Choosing a College: Washington College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Washington College
Chestertown, MD

The tenth oldest college in America is named for our nation’s first president. And while George Washington didn’t attend Washington College, he is a founding patron of this beautiful liberal arts college that’s located midway between Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Nearly 1,500 undergraduates are enrolled at WC, and with an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, personalized attention here is a given. Popular majors include business management, biology, and psychology although students from any major can apply for the one-of-a-kind Chesapeake Semester. Through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework, 50 plus days of field work, and serious outdoor adventure, participating students gain a hands-on appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay each fall semester. Interested in pursuing a writing career? You’ll be pleased to know that WC sponsors the Sophie Kerr Prize, which goes to the graduating senior who shows the greatest promise in the field of writing. Valued at over $60,000, this prestigious award is the country’s largest literary prize designated for undergraduates. Fun WC tradition: the freshmen and senior classes each visit George Washington’s famous Mount Vernon home – the former to affirm their commitment to the College’s Honor Code; the latter to celebrate graduation with a campaign toast!

Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of Washington College


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.