Located on a 112-acre campus in the historic river community of Chestertown, Md. — easy driving distance to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore — the private, independent, liberal arts college has an enrollment of approximately 1,450 undergraduates from 35 states and 40 nations, offering more than 40 majors and academic programs.
While its namesake and founding patron, George Washington, never slept there, “he did walk the streets of Chestertown, donate 50 guineas to our founding, and serve on the Board of Visitors and Governors,” according to the school’s website.
Founded in 1782 — in the closing days of the American Revolution — Washington was the first college chartered in the newly independent United States and is defined still by its close connection to America’s founding era. Established then to educate and develop minds that would “lead a free society and do the hard work of democracy,” the college remains passionate about its past — teaching how the lessons of history relate to modern issues. Like their 18th century counterparts, Washington’s 21st century graduates are prepared to assume important roles in society.
How? Through a rigorous, engaging liberal arts education facilitated by a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio that encourages close collaboration, conversation and study. The average class size at Washington is 17 students. Outside the classroom, students develop interests and connect with others through 62 clubs, 17 varsity sports, intramural athletics and a full schedule of student-run events.
According to its website, Washington College shares its core values with its founding patron: “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.”
George Washington would be proud. And we sure are proud to welcome historic Washington College to the Capture family.