Application for Admission

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Apply using The Common Application. Note that you will need to create an account on the Common Application website before beginning the application process.

For International Students

For Readmission or for those returning from a Leave of Absence

Potential and Ability

Admission to Warren Wilson College is a selective process based on both the potential and academic qualifications of the applicant. All available information is considered, including – but not exclusive of, or limited to – previous academic records, evidence of academic and social maturity, extra-curricular activities, community service, SAT or ACT scores, essays, references, recent grade trends and general contributions to school and community. The criteria are designed to identify a balanced student with high standards of scholarship, personal integrity, and a desire to support the mission of the College.

Potential Warren Wilson College applicants possess a high school diploma and successfully complete a college preparatory curriculum, including the following classes:
four years of English,
Algebra I,
Algebra II,
two years of laboratory sciences,
and three years of social sciences.
Foreign languages, AP, IB, and dual-enrollment courses are strongly recommended.

First Year Applicant Procedures

The following documents are required to be considered for admission:

  • The Common Application and Warren Wilson writing supplement.
  • The Common Application school report form (submitted by a guidance/college counselor.)
  • An official high school transcript

The College may take action on an application at any time during the process, either in the best interest of the applicant or the College.

Home School Students or non-traditional students should contact the College before applying.

Transfer Applicant Procedures

Transfer students should have completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school, but successful completion of college-level classes will be given more weight than high school. Transfer students must be eligible to return to their most recently attended college, be in good standing and should have a cumulative GPA above 2.5 (courses with D are not accepted for transfer but are calculated into your GPA). The deadline is March 15 (October 1 for Spring semester):

  • The Common Application
  • Your final high school transcript
  • All college transcripts
  • The Common Application’s Registrar Report Form (from the most recent institution)

The College may take action on an application at any time during the process, either in the best interest of the applicant or the College.

Test-Optional Admission

Warren Wilson College is an institution that prides itself on both the strength of its liberal arts curriculum, as well as the many learning opportunities provided through work, service and alternative approaches to education in our classrooms. We believe that standardized tests do not always accurately represent a student’s capacity for success at Warren Wilson. Therefore, test scores are not required for admission. Any student is welcome to submit test scores if they wish to have them evaluated as part of their application.

(SAT Code 5886/ACT Code 3170)

Early Action: November 1, 2015

The Early Action application becomes available August 1, 2015. Students receive their admission decision in December. Deposits are due by May 1, 2016.

Early Decision (binding): November 15, 2015

The Early Decision application becomes available August 1, 2015. Students are notified by December 1, 2015 and agree to attend if accepted. Deposits are due December by 19, 2015.

Regular Decision: Rolling

The Regular Decision application becomes available August 1, 2015. Beginning in December, applicants are notified once all application materials are received and have been reviewed. Deposits are due by May 1, 2016.

How and when to commit to Warren Wilson

If you are accepted and decide to enroll at the College, we must receive your $300 non-refundable deposit before May 1. After May 1, deposits will be accepted only if space is available. November 1 is the deposit deadline for the spring semester.

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Apply using The Common Application.



Non-discrimination Policy

Warren Wilson College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, in the administration of its educational policies, recruitment or admission of students, scholarship, grant or loan programs, athletic or other College administered programs, employment procedures, training programs, promotion policies or other related personnel practices.

The College prohibits taking any retaliatory action against any employee for opposing a practice that he or she believes to be discriminatory, including the filing of an internal grievance or a charge with a state or federal civil rights enforcement agency. (Approved by the President, June 26, 2012)

Actions of the Admission Office and Staff Current students should acquaint themselves with the complaint procedure listed in the College Catalog before proceeding with an informal or formal complaint. Enrolled students wishing to file a complaint against a member of the staff or an action of the Admission Office should first ask to meet with the VP for Enrollment to seek an informal solution. A student may address a concern or complaint in writing addressed to the VP as well. The VP will respond in writing within 5 working days as to the resolution of the complaint. If the student is not satisfied with that resolution, the student should then address a letter to the President and include a copy of the original complaint, as well as the response from the VP for Enrollment for the President’s consideration.