Foresight of a forefather

August 29, 2006|by SARAH JOHNSTON

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - On a warm, sunny day, Washington College is a delightful feast for the eyes. On campus, the tree-lined paths leading to refined brick buildings are graced by delicate petals in the spring and blazing leaves in the fall. Off campus, charming shops lace Chestertown's quaint downtown. A short walk from the college campus, where the downtown meets the Chester River, stands the Truslow Boathouse, headquarters of the crew and sailing teams. A waterfront pavilion provides a tranquil retreat for students - when the structure is not resounding with the cheers of fans rooting on their watersports teams.

Located in Chestertown, which is along the Chester River on the Eastern Shore, Washington College is an ecological hotspot, abounding in unscathed beauty.

Founded in 1782, Washington College was one of the first institutes of higher education established after the United States became a nation. George Washington fostered a magnanimous vision: He would not only govern the people, but educate them. His legacy of generous funding continues to this day, as Washington College offers a wealth of financial aid to its students. Academically and aesthetically, Washington College is as appealing today as it was more than two centuries ago.


At a glance

Type: private

Environment: small town

Affiliation: none

2006-2007 tuition: $29,640

2006-2007 estimated total yearly cost (includes tuition, fees, room and board): $36,650

Popular majors: business/administration management, English/language arts, psychology, biology

Student population: 1,300 undergraduate students, 100 graduate students

Student body: 40 percent male, 60 percent female

Student/faculty ratio: 12:1

Clubs and organizations: more than 60

Greek life: yes

Athletics: 18 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports

Famous alumnus: screenwriter Theodore Simonson, who scripted "The Blob," a 1958, sci-fi horror classic

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