A One-of-a-Kind College
Warren Wilson is the country’s only liberal arts college with a national student body and integrated work and service programs. Through a blend of strong academics, work and service called the Triad, our students graduate not only with a rigorous liberal arts education, but also with skills such as problem-solving and team leadership that equip them for life. It’s an innovative approach to a well-rounded education that has stood the test of time.
The College has a compelling history. Founded in 1894 as the Asheville Farm School by Presbyterian missionaries to provide a basic education for boys from the Appalachian region, the school became a junior college in 1942 and a four-year liberal arts college in 1967. In 1981 the College added a graduate program, the acclaimed MFA Program for Writers, the nation’s first low-residency graduate program in creative writing.
Today Warren Wilson undergraduates choose from dozens of majors, minors and concentrations. Regardless of their major, all students have the opportunity to complete independent capstone research projects and present their work to faculty and fellow students. Over the past decade, Warren Wilson students have received more awards and grants from the North Carolina Academy of Science for their original research than students from any other college or university.
Warren Wilson enjoys a geographically diverse student population, with students from about 45 states and more than a dozen countries. North Carolina residents constitute about 20 percent of undergraduate students, women 62 percent and students of color 10 percent. Nearly 80 percent attended public high schools.
The mission of Warren Wilson College is to provide a distinctive undergraduate and graduate liberal arts education. Warren Wilson’s undergraduate education combines academics, work and service in a learning community committed to environmental responsibility, cross-cultural understanding and the common good.