The aspirations at the College are as lofty as the mountains framing the campus.
They are shared goals grounded in the liberal arts, driven by a learning Triad of academics, work, and service.
In this place the pursuit of knowledge and the demands of labor merge on a path to serve the greater good and a world seeking solutions.
The lessons learned here prepare the inspired not only to make a living, but also to make a well-rounded life.
Warren Wilson College is a private, liberal arts college located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. The College offers strong academics with work for the school (15 hours per week) and service to the community (100 hours over four years) for a more involving, more meaningful education. Accredited by: The Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science,and Master of Fine Arts Degrees.
About 1,000 (900 traditional undergraduates, 100 graduates in our low residency MFA)
90% live on campus
Number of States: 45
Number of Countries: 20
Percent of students from North Carolina: 20%
Type of Student: The Best
Top Feeder States:
Average Class Size: 14
Average SAT VCR: 600
Average SAT M: 560
Average ACT: 25
Average H.S. GPA: 3.49
Percent Faculty with PhD: 93%
48 Majors and Special Advising Areas and 28 minors
Most degrees Awarded in:
65% of Warren Wilson students go on to grad school (at some point following graduation)
75% of Warren Wilson students report being full-time employed within 6 months of graduation
13.5% of Warren Wilson students report attending graduate school within 6 months of graduation
300 acre farm and an organic garden
600 acres of forest
25 miles of hiking trails, numerous cows, pigs, and a few bears.
In an era of rapidly rising college costs, the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 has named Warren Wilson College as one of the nation's 25 "Best Buys" among private colleges and universities for the sixth time in eight years. According to the 2012 guide, schools "qualify as Best Buys based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance" - or as the book also puts it, "outstanding academics with relatively modest prices." With tuition and fees of under $27,000 for the 2011-12 academic year, Warren Wilson is rated as "inexpensive" in relation to other private colleges and universities in the selective guide. In its narrative on the college, the Fiske guide notes, "Success at Warren Wilson is measured not only by grades, but by community service and a sense of stewardship... [The college] promotes global perspectives, puts students to work on the campus farm, and makes service-learning a central part of the educational experience."
Warren Wilson is No. 4 nationwide on Sierra magazine's 2011 list of "Coolest Schools" - college and universities recognized for their efforts to stop global warming and to operate sustainably. The "Coolest Schools" are featured as the cover story of Sierra's September/October issue. Warren Wilson has appeared on the annual list ever since it was launched by Sierra in 2007.
Newsweek ranks Warren Wilson Service Program No. 3 nationwide Warren Wilson College's pioneering Service Program has received another national recognition for its work in preparing students for effective community engagement. Newsweek has selected Warren Wilson as No. 3 on its nationwide list of "Most Service-Oriented" colleges and universities. In a feature titled, "The Best Colleges for You," the magazine calls the institutions "the top schools in the nation for encouraging students to give back to the community and spend time in selfless service."
Miriam Weinstein continues to list WWC in her acclaimed guide, "Making A Difference."
WWC is included in "Barron's Best Buys in College Education."
Warren Wilson is mentioned in "Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Different" by Donald Asher, a guidebook for those students seeking unique college experiences.
The Parent Soup Financial Aid and College Guide selected Warren Wilson for inclusion in "Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges."
Where the stalwart pioneers built their highland homes,
Still our college presses near frontiers yet unknown.
Gold of sun across a sky cast of mountain blue,
Glorious banner, heaven high, calls us to be true.
Take your place and do with us what tomorrow needs of you.
When the shadows sweep the light from the face of day,
Songs of freedom break the night. This is what they say:
God who raised our hills of home guard our fortress still,
Walk with us along the way, teach us wisdom 'til
Like a thousand stars by night we shall faithfully lead the way.
We as Warren Wilson College embrace the
Triad of Academics, Work and Service.
By choosing to participate in
this unique college that values
community, social justice and the environment,
we commit to:
Cultivate integrity, holding ourselves and others accountable.
Accept responsibility for our words, behaviors
and their impacts.
Respect ourselves, others, and our surroundings.
Engage in honest and constructive communication,
even in the face of di!ering opinions.
Sustain healthy balance within our personal and communal lives.
Understanding that many participants have come before
and many more will come after,
we protect and nurture our
social, academic and ecological community
by holding ourselves to these commitments today.