Welcome to Warren Wilson College

At Warren Wilson the aspirations are as lofty as the mountains framing the campus. They are shared goals grounded in the liberal arts and driven by an innovative learning Triad of academics, work and service. Here the pursuit of knowledge and the demands of labor merge on a path to serve a world seeking solutions. A campus so lush, with its abundant fields, forests and streams, cannot help but produce fertile minds committed to a liberal education that furthers the greater good. The lessons learned here prepare the inspired not only to make a living, but also to make a well-rounded life.

See the Triad in action on our viewbook.

Class Outside

During a period in which some colleges have commodified higher education, Warren Wilson has traveled a different path. We don’t regard education as a product, or students as consumers; instead, we welcome our students as part of a learning community. We mix and remix students, faculty and staff in classes, on campus work crews and in service activities as part of our learning Triad. The benefits are incalculable.

You don’t have to take our word for it…

Not surprisingly, the College has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years for its innovative approach to education. Although rankings and college guides can never fully reflect the benefits of a Warren Wilson education, here are a few of the more recent accolades the College has garnered:

Top Liberal Arts Education

Princeton Review’s “Best 381 Colleges”

Princeton Review’s “Best Southeastern” list

U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges”

Caring and Welcoming Community

U.S. News & World Report’s “Academic Programs to Look For” – Service-Learning

#3 – Princeton Review’s “Most LGBTQ-friendly”

eCollegeFinder NC’s “Most LGBTQ-friendly College”

Fiske Guide “Best Buy”

U.S. News and World Report’s Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges – Graduates with the least debt

#10 – Princeton Review’s “Most Liberal Students”

#13 – Princeton Review’s “Most Engaged in Community Service”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 2010-15

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Classification for Community Engagement

Focused on the Environment

Buzzfeed’s “Most Beautiful College on Earth”

National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat – Central Campus

#1 – Best College Reviews’ “The 20 Best College Farms”

#2 – College Magazine’s “Top 10 Greenest Campuses”

#36 – Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Green Colleges”

#42 – Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools”

Nation’s first LEED platinum designation for existing buildings on a college campus