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The Washington Way

What distinguishes life at Washington College from other campuses?

The Washington way means sitting with your professor for more than an hour in one-on-one conversations about your thesis—and about life. It means knowing every single one of the 12 people in your chemistry class, and easily finding a study partner.

Only at Washington College are students lucky enough to use the Chester River as a study lounge. When it’s time for a break, you can feed the ducks or go kayaking with your friends.

Then we’re off to enjoy a refreshing Alaskan while eating lunch at Play it Again Sam, or a milk shake from The Freeze. Before you know it, it’s time to sit on the hill outside Kirby Stadium to watch the Shoremen thrash Salisbury in the annual War on the Shore. Gus is sure to be there.


Here at Washington College we have many traditions that every member of the Washington College Community looks forward to each year!

Washington College students take in the fireworks display at the all campus picnic

August: All Campus Picnic

The Sunday before the first day of classes in August, everyone gathers for food and music. It’s a good place to meet some of your professors and to make some new friends. 

Four people in formal wear pose and smile for the camera with party decorations behind them.

September: Homecoming

Homecoming occurs at the end of September, with events ranging from sports games to a dance. Alums of Washington College return to visit their alma mater, thus the term “Homecoming.”Everyone shows their school spirit during the weekend!

Washington College students crowd the dancefloor at the annual George Washington Birthday Ball

February: George Washington’s Birthday Ball

Who doesn’t enjoy a birthday party? Awesome music and a professionally executed theme, Birthday Ball is the highlight of the year. Some people go all out for this huge formal affair that  brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

Washington College men's lacrosse faces off agaisnt rival, Salisbury in the 2019 War on the Shore match-up

April: War on the Shore

Washington College is serious about lacrosse, and usually a serious contender for the national title. No game draws more fans than this one, pitting the Shoremen against their Eastern Shore rival and nemesis, Salisbury University. This year War on the Shore will be held at Washington College! 

A group of people with a dog smile and wave at the camera in Martha Washington Square

May: Shorefest

Every May the Student Events Board plans a huge festival  on the Campus Green to alleviate the stress of Spring semester finals! The event features live music, student poetry readings, fun inflatables, a giant slide, a mechanical bull ride, and other attractions.