Commitment to Your Success

Academic success at Warren Wilson College is dynamic, personal and cross-disciplinary. It includes one-on-one tutoring, writing support from our Writing Studio, academic coaching and time management techniques – all part of our holistic approach to advising. We also work closely with students seeking accommodations to develop plans setting you up for success.

And of course, academic support comes in the way of rigorous coursework as well, ensuring that we’re challenging you in the classroom and providing opportunities for research and special projects that deepen your understanding and spark your interest. Your academic advisor will work closely with you to ensure your academic goals are being met.

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center helps you become a more effective, engaged and intentional learner. You’ll work collaboratively and one-on-one with support staff to achieve academic success by:

  • gaining an understanding of your learning behaviors;
  • mastering learning strategies that can be applied to general knowledge acquisition or specific course work;
  • getting connected with campus resources to assist you throughout your learning experiences at Warren Wilson College.


Professor Jeff Holmes meeting with student

Spotlight on Academic Strategies

The framework for our College Academic Strategies course is to explore the learning terrain. You’ll be paired with an instructor who will work individually with you to define and address areas of need or interest that will enhance your college academic experience. Topics covered might include goal setting and prioritizing, time management, focus strategies, exam preparation, and course scheduling support.

Julie Wilson in the Writing Studio

Our Writing Studio

The Warren Wilson College Writing Studio is a non-judgmental, focused, and productive place where you can bring your scholarly or creative writing projects. Our Crew provides assistance in every step of the writing process, whether you want to brainstorm for a short paper or come in weekly to share portions of your senior capstone. Consider us an extra set of eyes and ears and our studio a place to share ideas and get unstuck.

Educational Access and Disability Services

Warren Wilson College strives to be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA of 2008), and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others to have such an impairment. We promote self-advocacy and equal opportunity through awareness, education and understanding of disabilities.

Planning for Accommodations

The accommodation review process in college focuses on the functional impact of a disability, not the diagnostic label. Having a particular disability does not automatically entitle a student to specific accommodations. For an accommodation to be appropriate, the impact of the disability must significantly interfere with participation, communication or accurate evaluation.

Requesting Accommodations

Disclosure of a disability is a personal choice you may or may not choose to exercise. We encourage you to self-disclose disability information as early as possible in the admissions process, and to provide supporting documentation to help in the process of requesting accommodations.

If you wish to request accommodations based on disability (academic or non-academic) please:

  1. Contact Deborah Braden, Assistant Director, Academic Support: Educational Access to schedule an appointment either in-person or over the phone.
  2. Provide supporting documentation of the disability. A description of supporting documentation can be found in the document “Supporting Documentation for Accommodations“.
  3. Meet with Deborah Braden either in-person or over the phone. During this initial meeting, we’ll review your documentation together, discuss the the impact of your disability, determine the appropriate accommodation(s), and develop an accommodation plan.

Academic Advising

Advising at Warren Wilson College is an active partnership between you and your advisor. You want to be a successful student here and your advisor wants to provide the guidance and encouragement that will enable you to take full advantage of your Wilson experience. Your advisor’s role is to:

  • Aid you in your transition to the College.
  • Guide you in planning your academic program.
  • Facilitate your integration of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Assist you in evaluating options and opportunities as you move through you Wilson experience in pursuit of your goals.

Academic advising occurs each semester and is supplemented by a meeting with your Work Crew supervisor. This allows you to plan your upcoming semester in a thoughtful, purposeful way, paving the way for your success.


Testing Services

Through Educational Access, you’ll be provided a plan that determines appropriate testing accommodations. Accommodations for testing can include extended testing time, alternative testing environments, and alternative modes for testing.

Some faculty members provide testing accommodations within their class or department, while others request assistance the Educational Access team. In all cases, you are responsible for meeting with faculty members to discuss how requested testing accommodations are to be implemented.