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Next Steps

From admitted students events to choosing classes, there's a lot to keep up to date with. This page has it all in one place (so does your Next Steps Folder, hang onto that for all four booklets!).

Booklet One: Exploring and Enrolling

Congratulations, you're admitted! Throw your confetti in the air and celebrate! 


Claim Your Self Service Account

We hope you will be joining us as one of the newest members of Goose Nation, but in the meantime, let's start things off by claiming your temporary Self-Service Account. By now, you should have received an email from the Office of Information and Technology with instructions on how to claim your temporary Self-Service Account. You will also receive paper copies in the mail. 

Your temporary Self-Service Account will allow you access to view:

  • Your financial aid award
  • Information about what may be missing for us to complete your file 

If you have not received either an email or a letter, please contact: The email will contain your College issued ID number. You’ll need this to set up your account. We’ve provided space in the hard copy booklet for you to write them down as a reference.

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Step One: Explore Washington College

As an admitted student to WC, you have so much to look forward to! From exclusive events (trivia, anyone?) to daily visits, to our video library, there is a world of opportunity for you to deepen your understanding of Washington College. 

Chat with a Student

You may have spoken with current students before deciding to apply, but now that you’re admitted you may have more questions. 

Ask a student

Daily Visits

Whether you are planning your first or fifth visit, Washington College believes that you can never visit too much. Each visit—virtual or in person—allows you the opportunity to take away new experiences and connections.

Plan your visit

Attend an Admitted Students Event

From faculty meet-and-greets to alumni panels, WC offers an array of opportunities for you to envision yourself as a member of Goose Nation and to connect with your fellow admitted students. One of our favorite events of the year is Admitted Students Day, our spring open house exclusively for admitted students!  We’ll make sure you receive an invitation to each of our special events, but you can also access our upcoming events at

Use Your Resources

We’ve put them all in one place for you! is your hub for staying up to date on upcoming events, next steps, and important dates. If you have questions during your next steps as an admitted student reach out to your admissions counselor! 

Find my counselor

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Step Two: Pay your Deposit and Enroll

Ok, you’re admitted, you have a temporary Self-Service Account, you’ve set your sights on WC, and now it is time to officially enroll! 

The first step is to pay your enrollment ($700) deposit. This will allow you to access your student email account, sign up for Orientation Explore!, and complete all of the necessary paperwork. 

There are three ways to pay: 

  • Call 410-778-7700. We can take your credit card over the phone.
  • Mail a check in the amount of $700 to:
Office of Admissions 
300 Washington Avenue 
Chestertown, MD 21620 

You will also complete your “Commit to Enroll” form at This is the Admissions Student Portal. You will use the same credentials to login here that you used to apply to Washington College. 

Having trouble logging in? Email for assistance.

Please note: You are considered “enrolled” the following day (24 hours) after payment is received.

Hooray, you are officially a member of Goose Nation!


Step Three: Check your Account Access

Now that you are enrolled, be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Information and Technology containing your permanent Washington College credentials. These credentials will be used to access many secure online services associated with WC, such as your WC email, Canvas, and Self Service using Single Sign-On (SSO). This email will also have instructions for claiming your WC Account, in case you have not done so already. If you claimed your temporary account using the instructions under Claim Your Self Service Account, the information from your temporary account will automatically transfer over to your WC Account and you do not need to reclaim your account.

To ensure that you do not miss out on any important information, you will want to check your account access by logging into your Washington College email. 

Login Now

If you run into any trouble using your SSO please contact Washington College’s Help Desk at or 410-778-7777.

We recognize that your chosen name may differ from your legal name. If you have a name that you would prefer us to associate with your SSO and use on class rosters, please share it with us through the Chosen Name and Pronoun(s) Form. 

The Chosen Name and Pronoun(s) Form is optional to complete. If your chosen name differs from your legal name we invite you to complete the form, however the form is not required to complete your enrollment to Washington College. 

Chosen Name Form

Booklet Two: Getting Started with Orienation


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Online Orientation


While the traditional orientation process will take place in August, we want to connect you to campus in a way that allows you to control the flow of information at your own pace. Washington College’s Student Welcome Online Orientation uses a blend of videos, text, quizzes, checklists, and rewards to engage and inspire you to learn more continually. This experience provides you with the resources that you need in a format that is easily accessible and will allow you the freedom to explore at a time that is convenient for you! This online orientation and your personal commitment to follow the Honor Code must be completed before August 9th, 2021.

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New Student Orientation is August 23rd-30th, 2021. The New Student Orientation (NSO) staff is pleased to welcome you to Washington College. NSO’s primary goal is to provide you and your family with the information and tools you need to explore WC’s offerings, access important resources, learn about a wide range of activities and programs, and discover what it means to be a part of Goose Nation!

You will also participate in the Orientation Explore! Program for 3 days during the week of Orientation. Our Orientation Explore! Programs offer an exciting start to your first year at Washington College. Each program provides the opportunity to learn more about leadership skills and getting involved on campus, all while giving you a chance to meet other students with similar interests.

This next section will walk you through registering for orientation, choosing an Explore! Program, and making the most of your resources before the start of orientation.

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Step One: Find your favorite Explore! Programs

Orientation Explore! Programs take place during the week of Orientation, 2021. We strive to make our programs diverse and unique to our student body. We will be offering over 25 trips that range from exploring Washington D.C., to creating films, learning new games, kayaking, outdoor education, sailing on the Chester River, and spending time at our River and Field Campus.

There are a plethora of programs to choose from, allowing you to dive into your favorite interests or try something new in a supportive environment. 

Browse Explore! Program descriptions

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Step Two: Register for Explore!

*You must pay your deposit and retrieve your permanent WC account before signing up for Orientation and the Explore! Program.

Online registration is from April 3rd — July 3rd at

Click on the link under "Registration". The Qualtrics Survey will appear – please fill in the survey. On the survey, rank your top 6 Orientation Explore! Programs in the order of your preference, with 1 being most preferred. Selection will be based on a first come, first serve basis. You must rank your top 6 program selections in order to complete the survey. We will make every effort to notify you of your placement within four weeks of completing your registration survey. All communication will occur through your Washington College email account.

Once notified of your placement, you may need to fill out additional forms depending upon the program. If you have questions about the program, please call the Student Engagement Office at 410-810-7146.

All costs associated with the Explore! Program are included in the orientation fee. WC encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any accommodation, please contact Liz Shirk, Disability Access Specialist at, or call 410-810-5799.

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Step Three: Who is my Peer Mentor?

Coming to a new place can be difficult, but the Peer Mentor Program is here to make your transition to Washington College easier than you could have imagined!

Not everyone can be a Peer Mentor, but those who are selected love what they do. Their job is to help new students not only find their way to classes, but find their way at Washington College altogether.

Every new student is assigned to a Peer Mentor group, led by one of our outstanding Peer Mentors. Your Peer Mentor will contact you by e-mail to schedule a Zoom call in the summer, before classes begin to introduce themselves. Once you get on Zoom, you, your Peer Mentor, and your Peer Mentor group will go through orientation together to prepare you for your transition from high school to college life. By the end, we promise you will feel more than ready to start your Washington College career!

Peer Mentor groups generally consist of 8-15 new students and their Peer Mentor. For those of you who are starting Washington College in the fall, your Peer Mentor group will be your classmates in your first-year seminar. This means that on your first day of class, you will already have some familiar faces, which allows you to start your academic journey with a solid foundation.

Luckily, your Peer Mentor’s work is not yet done once your classes begin. Throughout the entire year, your Peer Mentor will continue to meet with your group and you, individually, to make sure that your transition is smooth and complete. They will remind you about postorientation events and other programs for first-year students. They may also draw your attention to interesting lectures, concerts, open mic nights, and many other traditions and events at Washington College. It is your Peer Mentor’s utmost responsibility and promise to continue to check in with you to make sure that all remains comfortable and successful. For many of you, you will find that your Peer Mentor becomes a valued friend and guide for your entire four years at Washington College.

Don’t be shy to say "Hi!" when you see your Peer Mentor in a class with you or just around campus!

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Step Four: Connect on Social Media

Washington College students typically connect with each other on Facebook before Orientation begins. As a member of the Facebook group you will be able to introduce yourself, find potential roommates, meet classmates, receive reminders about due dates and events, and more!

Join the Group