Life on Campus

Class Outside

Warren Wilson College is located in the Swannanoa Valley, ten miles east of downtown Asheville, and ten miles west of Black Mountain. The 1,100 acre campus is in a rural valley, surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains. The Swannanoa River passes through the middle of campus. Campus land includes the forty acre main campus, a working farm, and hundreds of acres of forested land. Hiking trails criss-cross the campus. In spite of the seeming isolation of the campus, its close proximity to Asheville and Black Mountain provides for a variety of off campus activities and cultural experiences.

Residence Halls

Ninety percent of Warren Wilson College students live in one of the fifteen campus residence halls. The residence halls are small (17 to 125 students). Each has TV and study lounges, a kitchen or kitchenettes, and a laundry room. Most rooms are double occupancy, though there are several halls that offer apartment-style suites. There are single-gender and co-ed halls. Each hall is staffed by a director and student resident assistants. Each plans its own social activities.

See the Housing Office website for more detailed information.

Governance

Every member of the student body is a member of the Student Caucus. Meetings are held every Sunday at 6 p.m. in Sage Cafe. At the meetings, facilitated by the Co-Conveners, Caucus discusses on-campus issues, disseminates information and provides students an outlet for their concerns. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In Warren Wilson's Shared Governance Structure, Student Caucus may consider and make recommendations for changes to college policy in the following areas: general philosophy and direction of the College, student discipline, student housing, student activities, intercollegiate athletics, Work Program, Service-Learning Program and the academic calendar. It is easy to become a voting member. Those seeking to become Student Caucus voting members must attend three consecutive Student Caucus meetings and agree in writing to uphold the responsibilities of voting membership. Students are welcome to run for any number of committees that we have on campus. Look for election notices the beginning and end of each semester or stop by the Student Caucus office and ask a Co-Convener.

All students are welcome in the Student Caucus office. We have a big comfy couch and occasionally have coffee brewing. Feel free to drop in anytime with questions, your homework, or lunch from the Cow Pie. The student Caucus office is located in Lower Gladfelter, the first one on the right down the long hallway. You may also email us at caucus@warren-wilson.edu, drop us a note at box 6248, or call ext. 3762.

Judicial matters are handled by elected student and staff/faculty boards.

Student Activities

Service Fair

The Activities Crew plans and coordinates weekly programs for the WWC community (dances, festivals, lectures, poetry readings, concerts, bands, films, and coffeehouses), maintains the Master Calendar, oversees the bulletin boards in Gladfelter, and operates a band practice space and recording studio which is located in lower Gladfelter. Students are encouraged to bring ideas for events and performers to the Student Activities office, which is located in lower Gladfelter.

Current Activities can be found on the Master Calendar.

Gladfelter Student Center houses the campus cafeteria, Cow Pie cafe, post office, book store, and bank. The Canon Lounge (a large multi-purpose room) is located on the upper level.

Student Publications

A newspaper and a literary magazine are written, edited, produced and printed by work crews and student volunteers.

Athletics and Recreation Facilities

Soccer

Facilities: The DeVries Athletic Center includes a gymnasium; a weight-fitness room; a 25-yard indoor swimming pool; six tennis courts; two soccer fields; an outdoor basketball court; an alpine tower; many miles of trails; paddling and cycling.

Bryson Gymnasium, the oldest wooden gym in Western Carolina, is the center for the Outdoor Activities Program.

Intercollegiate Athletics: The College fields men's and women's varsity teams in soccer, basketball, cross country, and swimming. WWC is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

Learn more at the Athletics website.

Clubs and Intramural Teams

The gym, pool, and outdoor activities crew organize activities such as 3-on-3 basketball, lacrosse, martial arts classes, yoga, volleyball, indoor soccer, ultimate Frisbee, softball and flag football.

Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Programs provides outdoor trips, activities and technical skills workshops for the college community. A variety of programs are offered, such as backpacking, day hiking, cycling, running, rock climbing, bouldering, caving, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. A majority of the programs are organized and facilitated by student trip leaders who are trained and certified as Wilderness First Responders, as well as having a background in leading and teaching groups in an outdoor setting. Many Trip Leaders are seeking their major in Outdoor Leadership and instruct with the program to further their level of technical skills as well as gaining greater competence in working as group facilitators. Weekend programs and weekly activities are usually free to students, staff, faculty and volunteers at the college. Extended programs over break periods are offered at an inexpensive cost to students. One credit classes are offered in canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, top rope site managnt, backpacking, orienteering, outdoor recreation and winter camping. Outdoor Programs provides gear rental to the college community. Tents, tarps, backpacks, sleeping pads and rain gear are available at little or no cost. White Gas, parachute cord, and various camping essentials are also available for purchase.

The Community Bicycle Shop is also part of Outdoor Programs. Community Cycles provides bicycles for general use on campus, conducts bicycle maintenance workshops, and services bicycles for members of the college community. The mission of the Community Bicycle Program is to encourage the use of bicycles as an alternative means of transportation that promotes physical well-being and environmental stewardship. Bryson Gym (the oldest gymnasium in Western North Carolina) houses the climbing wall and the community bicycle shop.

Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Life Committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff to coordinate and plan programs that support spiritual growth on campus.

The Meditation Hut was designed and constructed by students and staff. It is located in the woods behind the art and music buildings and is available as a quiet and peaceful place for students to meditate and pray.

The Christian Faith Group meets weekly and is composed of students who enjoy coming together for discussion and support. The group is informal and inclusive, a space where students can speak honestly and raise any issue.

Jewish Student Association (JSA) meets at least monthly for Shabbat dinners/services and holiday celebrations. Exceptional programs have included Jewish meditation services, Hannukah parties, the Tu'bshevat Seder, and the Passover Seder. Events are open to all Warren Wilson colllege students, college students in the Western North Carolina region, and people and/or families in the Asheville Jewish Community. We are an official Hillel affiliate of the North Carolina Hillel Association.

CITCA Retreat is an annual event happening this fall on October 10-11. CITCA is Carolina Interfaith Taskforce on Central America or Witness for Peace, Southeast. The retreat is an opportunity for students to meet other activists of all ages around Central America issues.

The School of the Americas demonstration brings thousands of people together each year in Columbus, Georgia at the gates of Ft. Benning to remember Latin Americans killed by soldiers trained at the SOA, now renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. This event is a model for combining planning, discipline, and diversity of expression and is a celebration of the power of nonviolence. Warren Wilson students have had a strong presence for the past six years. This year the date is November 22-23.

Chapel The Warren Wilson College Chapel is home to an inclusive community of faith that is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Students are invited to participate in the worship and work of the church -- singing in the Chapel Choir, assisting in services, enjoying times of fellowship, and participating in service projects. Worship in the student-built chapel begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

Counseling Center

Counseling is a confidential process for dealing with issues and problems of life with a trained professional. People seek counseling when they realize that they need help making difficult life choices; managing conflicts in personal, family, or work life; coping with stress and anxiety; dealing with depression; reporting and/or healing from sexual assault; improving troubled relationships; grieving personal losses; healing wounds of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; overcoming fears or phobias; recovering from addiction (tobacco, food, Internet, gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex); exploring spiritual crises; creating a healthier, happier lifestyle; building self-esteem; establishing healthy sexuality; clarifying life goals; addressing loneliness; deciding about pregnancy, birth, and parenting; or setting personal boundaries.

Services

Counseling Center services include short-term individual counseling; referrals to community therapists, treatment programs, and 12-step programs; emergency crisis counseling, personal development groups on special topics; training for Residence Hall Directors, Resident Assistants, and Peer Group Leaders; community education; and consultation to campus groups. Counseling services may also be utilized as a link between the student and parents, or others considered a part of one's personal network.

Health Center

The Health Center is staffed by a full-time Registered Nurse and a part time Registered Nurse. Medical direction is provided by an MD. There are no charges for most Health Center services. Some over-the-counter remedies are also dispensed without a fee. The College will provide transportation to either an after hours care facility or the emergency room at the local hospital. There is a charge for visits to after hours care facilities or other medical practitioners to whom you are referred. Generally health insurance is helpful in covering these costs. No health services are available over the summer or other times that classes are not in session.

Transportation for Medical Appointments

Transportation to off-campus scheduled medical appointments is available on a limited basis if you have no transportation of your own. Medical appointments include recovery groups, dentists, physical therapy, and medical specialists. To request a ride, contact the Health Center at least 24 hours in advance.

Find out more at the Student Health and Counseling Center website.