Betsey Fuller Hayes
Why Washington College?
Washington College (WAC) is a hidden gem among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The college was founded in 1782 following the Revolutionary War. George Washington donated 50 guineas (equivalent to about 50 pounds of gold) to charter the ‘College on the Chester,’ now called Washington College.
WAC is the tenth oldest college in the United States with an enrollment of 1450 students and a student to faculty ratio of 12:1. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, and the majority of juniors and seniors also live on campus. WAC is part of the Centennial Conference in sports, and is a NCAA Division III School.
Explore the website to learn about our majors, minors, research opportunities, and all things Washington College, including our signature academic centers and our mascot, Gus Goose.
Some things that make WAC unique include: the Center for Environment & Society, The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the The Rose O’Neill Literary House.
- University of Southern California, Bachelor’s Degree
- University of Maryland - College Park, Master’s Degree
Hometown: Napa, California
Hobbies / Interests: My faith and family are the most important things to me. My family includes my husband, son and two dogs. I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, swimming, horseback riding and spending time at the beach.
Favorite College Class: The History of Russia
My Advice to You
Listen to your gut in the college search process. Visit the campuses where you have been admitted, and pay attention to the people and environment. Do you feel comfortable on campus? Are people friendly? Do you feel “at home”? There really is more than one “right place” to attend college. Choose the place that “just feels right.”