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Table of Contents: 2014-2015 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Licensure 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 The Triad 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Return of Aid Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library 1.09 Educational Resources and Services 1.10 Academic Advising 2.1 Triad Education Program 2.1.1 Academics 2.1.2 Work Program 2.1.3 Service Program 2.2 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Africana Studies 3.2.02 Art 3.2.03 Biology 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 Theatre 3.2.25 Women's Studies 3.2.26 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 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 Languages (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 2014 - 2015 Undergraduate Faculty 5.3 Graduate Faculty 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships

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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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1.04
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 1 for early action, November 15 for Early Decision, and January 31 for Regular Decision (see section 1.04.14). 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 Common Application (www.commonapp.org)
  2. non-refundable $50.00 application fee
  3. an official high school transcript
  4. SAT or ACT scores
  5. a recommendation from the student's guidance counselor
  6. other recommendations

Interviewsmay 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 1 for Early Action, November 15 for Early Decision, and March 15 for Regular Decision (see section 1.04.14). 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 Common Application (www.commonapp.org)
  2. non-refundable $50.00 application fee
  3. the final, official high school transcript including the graduation date
  4. official transcripts from all colleges attended
  5. SAT or ACT scores if the applicant has earned fewer than 28 transferable credits

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 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. the Common Application (www.commonapp.org)
  2. non-refundable $50.00 application fee
  3. an official high school transcript, including results of external examinations (GCE-O, GCE-A, West African Examinations, CAPE)
  4. results of external examinations (GCE-O, GCE-A, West African Examinations, CAPE)
  5. SAT or ACT scores
  6. demonstrated English proficiency by: IELT (minimum score of 6.0) or TOEFL (minimum of 550)
  7. two letters of recommendation,
  8. certification of finances, also known as the Affidavit of Support I-34 form
  9. official bank statements representing checking and savings over the last six months
  10. photocopy of passport and, if applicable, visa (this is mandatory)

Please be prepared for a Skype interview with the international admission counselor. A final high school transcript with the graduation date must be provided before matriculation. Transfer students, please have your final college transcript submitted prior to matriculation.

The international admission counselor may request a transcript to be submitted for evaluation through World Education Services (WES).


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 (see section 1.04.01)
  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 College or a student must possess the GED.

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, content, and grades
  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 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. In addition, all applicants with the GED must provide the College with:

  1. the Common Application (www.commonapp.org)
  2. non-refundable $50.00 application fee
  3. official GED scores
  4. official transcripts from the high school that show the courses completed before withdrawal
  5. SAT or ACT scores

Interviews 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 2.3.01.1 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 2.3.02.1 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 three application types.

Early Action
Students who are highly interested in Warren Wilson College and have strong academic records may apply as Early Action candidates. Applications must be received by November 1. Decisions will be made no later than December 1. A commitment is not required until May 1, as this is a non-binding process. Applications submitted for Early Action will receive extra consideration for scholarships and financial aid.

Early Decision
Students who are highly interested in Warren Wilson College and, if accepted, are prepared to make a commitment in the form of a non-refundable deposit, may apply as Early Decision candidates. Applications must be received by November 15. Decisions will be made no later than December 1. Early Decision is binding for accepted students, with the deposit due December 20. At that time, accepted students must agree to withdraw applications made to other schools. 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. Applications submitted for Early Decision will receive extra consideration for scholarships and financial aid.

Regular Decision
Applications received after the November 1 or November 15 deadlines will automatically be rolled into the Regular Decision applicant pool. First year applications must be received by February 1 and transfer applications must be received by March 15. Decisions will be released on or after February 15. Regular Decision is non-binding, and a commitment in the form of a deposit is not due until May 1.

Spring Admission
Applications for the spring admission (first year and transfer) must be received by October 1 with a commitment in the form of a non-refundable deposit due by December 1.

(See section 1.04.01 and 1.04.02 regarding the application process for First Year and for Transfer applicants.)


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 - Deferred Admission

Accepted students may have the opportunity to defer their offers of admission for one semester or one year. A letter outlining the reasons for requesting deferred admission should be sent to the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. Decisions of the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing are final. Students deferring admission must remit the non-refundable deposit of $300.00 by May 1st or December 1st. No guarantee of admission or scholarship for the following semester or year will be made to students who do not deposit.


1.04.17 - Readmission

Requests for readmission (after a period of non-enrollment) are made. An abbreviated application and essay outlining the desire to return and the student's academic goals is required. 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.