Among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a proud history of educating leaders since its founding in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College provides a truly distinctive education to a student body of approximately 1,000 undergraduates students. Washington College is located in historic Chestertown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 90 minutes from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The 112-acre campus main campus is augmented by an additional 10-acres on the Chester River. The College takes full advantage of its proximity to the nation’s capital and to the educational and co-curricular opportunities presented by the Chesapeake Bay. The College has established three centers of excellence, which highlight key aspects of its identity: the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Rose O'Neill Literary House. It is also home to the Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation’s largest undergraduate literary prize.