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:

— The 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges lists Warren Wilson as one of the nation’s “Best Buys” among private colleges and universities – the ninth time since 2005 the guide has selected the College for the coveted list. Warren Wilson is among 22 private schools nationally that “offer outstanding academics with relatively modest prices,” according to Fiske.

— Washington Monthly ranks Warren Wilson second among 246 liberal arts colleges nationwide in the category of “Service staff, courses and financial support” and eighth in “Community service participation and hours served.” Warren Wilson also ranks 33rd in the magazine’s overall liberal arts rankings that rate schools “based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students); Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.’s); and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

— Warren Wilson is one of only 20 colleges and universities nationwide listed by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” in the Service Learning category of “Programs to Look For” in choosing a school – programs with “A Focus on Student Success.” The College also ranks 22nd nationally in “Highest Proportion of Classes With Fewer Than 20 Students.”

— Sierra Magazine ranks Warren Wilson 29th on its 2014 list of “Cool Schools” – colleges and universities recognized by the magazine “for helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate more sustainably.”

— In its 2015 “Best 379 Colleges” guide, The Princeton Review ranks Warren Wilson as the nation’s fifth most LGBT-Friendly school.

In addition, Newsweek selected Warren Wilson College as No. 3 on its 2011 nationwide list of “Most Service-Oriented” colleges and universities. And Outside Magazine ranked Warren Wilson College No. 7 nationally in its 2012 feature “Outside University: The Top 25 Colleges for Outside Readers.”