Liaison Officer: Donald F. Collins
Warren Wilson College has a cooperative program with Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, as a corresponding institution in a combined program in liberal arts and engineering. In this "dual degree" program a student attends Warren Wilson College for three years and completes the Warren Wilson College general education requirements and the dual degree entrance requirements for Washington University. The student then attends Washington University for two years as a dual degree student. At the end of five years the student earns two degrees: a B.A. in Pre-Engineering from Warren Wilson College and a B.S. in Engineering from Washington University. The B.S. in Engineering is a professional degree in one of the following disciplines:
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Science and Engineering
The dual degree program offers many advantages to the student in contrast to a straight engineering program. In addition to receiving a highly technical education, the student receives a broad liberal arts education. The dual degree program provides a way for a liberal arts student to earn a professional degree. Qualified students with technical deficiencies upon graduating from high school have a chance to make up those deficiencies while at Warren Wilson College. Students receive the advantages of a small college with extensive faculty-student interaction as well as the larger variety of courses of the large university.
Washington University Requirements: The dual degree program is academically demanding, as is any engineering program. To be assured (not guaranteed) admission, the student must complete at least 60 credits of transferable courses with an overall grade point average of B (3.0 out of 4.0). Courses with grades below C do not transfer. The student must also be recommended by the dual degree program liaison officer at Warren Wilson.
Warren Wilson College Requirements: Warren Wilson College general education program requirements satisfy the Washington University humanities and social sciences requirement except for the area concentration and a 300-400 level course in one discipline.
Up to one candidate entering the dual degree program in his/her junior year at Washington University will be selected for the Dual Degree Engineering Affiliation Scholarship awarded by Washington University. This scholarship consists of half the tuition to Washington University for each of the two years at Washington University. The nominee is selected by the Warren Wilson College Dual Degree Liaison Officer. To be eligible, the candidate must have a cumulative QPA of 3.5 or above from Warren Wilson College, must enter Washington University, and must currently have junior year standing at Warren Wilson College (i.e., he/she must follow the "3-2" schedule rather than the "4-2" schedule).