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Table of Contents: 2013-2014 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Memberships 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 College Profile 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Refund Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Special Facilities 1.09 Resources and Educational Opportunities 1.10 PEW Learning Center and Ellison Library 2.1 Work Program 2.2 Service Program 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 2.4 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Art 3.2.02 Biology 3.2.03 Business 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Sustainable Business 3.2.25 Theatre 3.2.26 Women's Studies 3.2.27 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 3.4 Specialized Advising Areas 3.4.1 Pre-Law Advising 3.4.2 Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Advising 3.4.3 Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Advising 3.4.4 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Language (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 Undergraduate Faculty 5.2.1 Library Faculty and Staff 5.2.2 Staff Teachers 5.3 Graduate Faculty and Staff 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships 7.1 Index of Sections


Dawn S Medley
Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

Dawn Medley Address:
WWC CPO 6375
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000

Phone: 828.771.2079

Email: dmedley@warren-wilson.edu

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Undergraduate Admission

Admission to Warren Wilson College represents a selection based on both the personal and the academic qualifications of the applicant. All available information is considered, including previous school record, evidence of academic and social maturity, extracurricular activities, community service, scores on the SAT or ACT, interview, references, recent grade trends, and general contributions to school and community. The criteria are designed to build a balanced student body with high standards of scholarship, personal integrity, serious educational and personal goals, and a willingness to support the mission of the College.

1.04.01 - The First Year Student Admission Process

All students must possess either a high school diploma or GED upon matriculation (see 1.04.04 "Early Admission" for exceptions). Each candidate for admission should be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum showing competency in the following as a minimum admission standard:

  1. four years of English
  2. two years of algebra
  3. one year of geometry
  4. two years of laboratory sciences
  5. three years of social sciences
  6. two years of a foreign language strongly recommended

The deadline for fall semester First Year applications is November 15 for Early Decision (see 1.04.14 "Early Decision and Regular Decision") and January 31 for Regular Decision (non-binding, commitment by May 1). The deadline for spring semester applications is November 1. A decision may be made at any time once the application has been submitted. Other materials requested for the evaluation process may include the following:

  1. an official high school transcript
  2. SAT or ACT scores
  3. a recommendation from the student's Guidance Counselor
  4. other recommendations

Interviews are strongly recommended or may be required. Your admission counselor will contact you with details.

For First Year students with college credit, see section 1.04.08 "College Credit While in High School." Prior to matriculation all students must provide the College with their final, official high school transcript that includes their graduation date.

1.04.02 - The Transfer Student Admission Process

The deadline for fall semester Transfer applications is November 15 for Early Decision (see 1.04.14 "Early Decision and Regular Decision") and March 15 for Regular Decision (non-binding, commitment by May 1). The deadline for spring semester applications is November 1. A decision may be made at any time once the application has been submitted. Other materials requested for the evaluation process may include the following:

  1. the final, official high school transcript including the graduation date
  2. official transcripts from all colleges attended
  3. SAT or ACT scores if the applicant has earned fewer than 28 transferable credits
  4. Registrar's Report filled out by the Registrar from the college most recently attended

In addition, for transfer students to be seriously considered, they must meet the following conditions:

  1. students must be eligible to return to their most recently attended college
  2. students must be in good standing at colleges previously attended

Interviews are strongly recommended or may be required. Your admission counselor will contact you with details.

1.04.03 - The International Student Admission Process

A decision may be made at any time after the application has been submitted. Deadlines for international students are the same as outlined in sections 1.04.01 and 1.04.02. Other materials required for admission include the following:

  1. an official high school transcript (final transcript with graduation date upon matriculation)
  2. results of external examinations (GCE-O, GCE-A, West African Examinations, CAPE)
  3. results of the TOEFL, SAT or ACT (If the paper-based TOEFL is taken, Warren Wilson College requires a minimum total of 550)
  4. two letters of recommendation,
  5. certification of finances, also known as the Affidavit of Support I-34
  6. official bank statements representing checking and savings over the last six months
  7. photocopy of passport or visa

Please be prepared for a SKYPE interview with the international admission counselor.

1.04.04 - Early Admission

Early Admission is an option open to a few high school juniors who wish to begin at Warren Wilson College a year early. To be a serious candidate, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. be in the top 10% of his or her class in a high-level curriculum,
  2. have high SAT or ACT scores,
  3. have completed all graduation requirements except for senior English, and
  4. show a high level of maturity.

To apply for Early Admission, the following steps must be taken:

  1. students must submit all the documents requested for first year applicants
  2. the student and parents must file a letter stating the reasons for requesting early admission
  3. the high school principal must file a letter certifying that the student will receive a high school diploma after successfully completing the first year at Warren Wilson.

If the high school will not provide a high school diploma or if an agreement is not arranged, then the applicant may choose to take the GED. See 1.04.06 "Graduate Equivalency Degrees (G.E.D.)."

1.04.05 - The Home School Student Application Process

Applicants who have been home schooled should follows the same guidelines indicated in 1.04.01 and 1.04.02. In addition, applicants must submit the following:

  1. a home school transcript listing course titles and content
  2. a partial portfolio of sample work completed (such as graded papers)
  3. a letter of recommendation (not from a parent)
  4. a document that serves as the "diploma" including a copy of the rules under which the home school was formed (state requirements for example)

Interviews are strongly recommended or may be required. Your admission counselor will contact you with details.

1.04.06 - Graduate Equivalency Degrees (G.E.D.)

A GED may, on occasion, be accepted in place of a regular high school diploma. Applicants with a GED will receive close scrutiny to determine whether they have had the appropriate courses to succeed at Warren Wilson. In general, a GED is used for older students who now show good reason to enroll in college, or home-schooled/early admission students. Applicants must have a minimum battery average of 500 per section on the GED. Other materials requested are as listed in sections 1.04.01 and 1.04.02. In addition, all applicants with the GED must provide the College with:

  1. official GED scores
  2. official transcripts from the high school that show the courses completed before withdrawal

Interviews are strongly recommended or may be required. Your admission counselor will contact you with details.

1.04.07 - College Credit From Other Institutions

Academic work presented for transfer credit must be from a college or university accredited by one of the following agencies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. All transcripts are subject to final evaluation by the College Registrar's Office. Warren Wilson will accept a maximum of 64 credits from a two-year college program.

1.04.08 - College Credit While in High School

First Year students who have taken college courses during their junior or senior year or in the summer prior to entering Warren Wilson College must report such work on their application and to their admission counselor. A copy of the college transcript may be reviewed for admission and to assess transferable credit. Should the student choose to matriculate, the final, official college transcript must be provided in order for the Registrar to evaluate the credits earned and then correlate these to the General Education fulfillments or relegate them as elective or life credit.

1.04.09 - Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Academic credit may be granted to enrolled students dependent on the score received on College Board Advanced Placement tests. Refer to chart to determine the required score, amount of credit, General Education fulfillment, and/or course equivalent.

1.04.10 - International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

Academic credit may be granted to enrolled students dependent on the score received. Refer to chart to determine the required score, amount of credit, General Education fulfillment, and/or course equivalent.

1.04.11 - Credit For Prior Learning

Students who are 25 years of age or older can petition to receive academic credit toward their degree programs for prior nonacademic learning experiences. They may earn a maximum of 16 credit hours through this procedure. Candidates for credit for prior learning begin the process with a letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, describing the subject areas in which they believe they can demonstrate and document learning that is appropriate to an undergraduate program. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint one or more examiners to help the student complete the assessment process. The examiners' recommendations are presented to the Academic Council for final approval. Veterans of the armed forces (U.S. and others) are eligible to apply for two credit hours in physical education. To claim the credit, students should provide a statement to the Registrar giving the dates, place, and service branch where the basic training was completed.

1.04.12 - Falsification of Records

Entering the College using falsified or misleading documents or intentionally omitting documents can lead to a revocation of admission status, dismissal, or degree revocation if matriculated.

1.04.13 - Day Students

Warren Wilson College is primarily a residential community. It is desired that most students live on campus throughout their enrollment. Students who wish to be day or non-residential students must qualify as one of the following:

  1. living with parents
  2. married
  3. single parent
  4. financially independent as determined by the IRS

Students who have lived on campus for one full year may petition the Dean of Students for day student status before April 1 (for fall semester) or November 1 (for spring semester). Considerations may include space on campus, the work program, and residential aspects of the community.

Notes: All students must participate in the work program for at least one full year; beyond this requirement, day students do not ordinarily participate in the work program. Full-time interns are automatically approved for day student status, if they seek it.

1.04.14 - Early Decision and Regular Decision

There are two decision types.

Early Decision
Students who are highly interested in Warren Wilson College and have strong academic records may apply as Early Decision candidates. Applications for Early Decision must be received by November 15. Decisions will be made shortly thereafter and if accepted, a commitment in the form of a deposit is expected and is binding. At the time of deposit, students must agree to withdraw applications made to other schools and not to apply to any more. If a student chooses not to deposit at that time, the offer of admission will be withdrawn. Any student not granted admission under Early Decision will automatically be put into the Regular Decision pool of applicants.

Regular Decision
The majority of applicants will select Regular Decision when they submit their application. This includes any applicants who have missed the deadline for Early Decision, who were not accepted for Early Decision, or who chose to roll their application over into the Regular Decision pool. If no decision type is selected, Regular Decision is the standard. See the section 1.04.01 and 1.04.02 regarding the First Year Process and Transfer Process for deadlines. Commitments to attend the College must be made in the form of a deposit by May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

1.04.15 - Wait List

The College may assign some applicants to a wait list. Students assigned to the wait list may be offered admission later in the year if space becomes available or may be offered admission to a future semester. Students who are assigned to the wait list may contact the Office of Admission to determine their positions on the list and to learn the list's history in previous years.

1.04.16 - Provisional Admission

Some applicants are admitted as provisional students. Provisional students may or may not meet all regular admission standards, but show unusual promise for becoming successful Warren Wilson students. An interview with an admission counselor or another College staff member may be required prior to matriculation to determine how the College may best provide the needs of the individual (i.e. academic support, counseling). The provisional status may limit students to 12-14 credit hours during the first semester, instead of the regular 16-18, which may increase the time it takes to graduate and, therefore, may affect financial aid. Provisional status may be lifted at any time, at the discretion of the College. Provisional students are considered degree-seeking students.

1.04.17 - Deferred Admission

Accepted students may defer their offers of admission for one semester or one year by notifying the Office of Admission of their intentions. Students deferring admission may send in their deposit to secure their place before the deposit deadlines of May 1 or December 1 but are not required to do so.

1.04.18 - Readmission

Requests for readmission (after a period of non-enrollment) are submitted on the regular college application obtained from the Admission Office. A student who was suspended or on any form of probation when last enrolled must include pertinent information as to why reinstatement should be granted. If another college or university has been attended during the period of non-enrollment, a transcript must be presented with the request for readmission.

The readmission process does not apply to students who have submitted an approved Leave of Absence application form to the Registrar's Office.