Chartered in 1782, Washington College is among the oldest colleges in the U.S. With an enrollment of about 1300, Washington College is a small liberal arts college located 70 miles from Baltimore and 75 miles from Washington, DC, near the eastern shore of the Chesapeake. It was named for George Washington who made a modest founding grant of 50 guineas and served as a trustee. First year students all make a pilgrimage together to Mount Vernon, Washington's home in Virginia, to sign the Honor Code. His birthday in February is party time. Academically, Washington College has long been known for its great creative writing program as well as outstanding history and American studies offerings. The Rose O'Neal Literary House is a hub of activity. Students in all disciplines may submit a writing portfolio to compete for the Sophie Kerr Prize. The 2016 winner took home over $65,000. The Environmental Science and Studies department also pulls a lot of students. Students use the rural setting and proximity to the Chesapeake Bay for research and field work. Internships in Washington DC serve many different majors. Social life is very campus centered. Only 8% of the men and 11% of the women belong to a Greek organization. Athletics are D-III. Lacrosse, men's and women's rowing, and coed sailing are nationally competitive.