Steps to Orientation

Congratulations again on your acceptance to Warren Wilson College. Your admission is a reflection of your hard work and shared values. We’re excited to work with you on the next steps.

Coronavirus & Your College Decision

We recognize that the Coronavirus Pandemic is disrupting daily life for everyone and creating financial hardships for many. We’re here to support you through your decision-making process.

While campus is closed this Summer, we intend to reopen and host students for the Fall semester.

We have content and virtual opportunities to help you to experience life as a Warren Wilson College Owl from the comfort of your home. Check out our Accepted Student Showcase content. You can also schedule a virtual visit, and, as always, contact the Office of Admissions at or (800) 934-3536 with any questions.

Get to Know Your Classmates

Sign up for our Fall 2020 Facebook group, start following Warren Wilson on Instagram, and begin connecting with your Wilson community.


We’re planning and preparing to ensure the safety of our community. Part of these precautions include a change to our calendar, so New Student Orientation is now set to begin on Monday, August 10 with new students moving in on a rolling basis from Friday, August 7-10. Transfer students will move in on August 11. Allowing move-in to happen over several days will allow new students and family to maintain social distance as they move through the residence halls. You will be assigned a move-in slot once you’ve completed the Room Selection Survey (below) and been assigned to a residence hall. Residence Hall assignments will be ready by July 1. Thank you for being patient and flexible as we all work around the difficulty of social distancing and new safety practices!

There is a lot (A LOT!) of important information on this page, and there’s a lot to do in preparation for Orientation on August 10. It will take you a while to get through it, and it will require you to think, to write, to dream… We recommend that you work on these tasks in short intervals, over a few days, to give yourself ample time to read it thoroughly, have discussions with friends and family, and consider what you want out of your experience at Warren Wilson College.

Some of these steps can be confusing, so please read carefully.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call: (800) 934-3536.

Transfer Students

Look for the purple notes – these are instructions just for you.

All the Details

  1. Newly Admitted?

    If you’ve been accepted to Warren Wilson and are ready to commit, please pay your $300 enrollment deposit online now. Note that you will need your myWWC portal login, which was emailed to you shortly after your acceptance. Can’t find your login? Search your email for the subject “Warren Wilson College: Deposit Online Here,” or drop us a line and we’ll be glad to help.

    DEADLINE: May 1, 2020 June 1, 2020

    In order to provide flexibility to our admitted students and their families as a result of the evolving Coronavirus Pandemic, we’re extending the enrollment deposit deadline from May 1st to June 1st for incoming domestic undergraduate students (international students should still deposit by May 1 to allow time for visa preparations).

  2. Complete & Accept Your Financial Aid

    Before your financial aid offer can be finalized, you’ll need to make sure you’ve completed the following:

    • If you have not completed a FAFSA, you will only be eligible for merit-based scholarships.  If you would like to apply for need-based aid, including federal, state, and institutional aid, then you must complete a FAFSA.
    • If you are selected for FAFSA verification, you must complete that process before you receive a final financial aid offer.  Note the verification process can be lengthy — don’t procrastinate! Contact the Financial Aid Office for help (phone or text) (828) 771-2082 or email
    • NC residents must complete and be approved for NC residency on the state NC Residency Determination Service (RDS) website before being eligible for NC need-based aid and the Warren Wilson College NC Free Tuition program.
    • If you’re accepting your students loans, you must complete all loan paperwork before funds can be disbursed.

    If you haven’t already done so, please log in to your Net Partner account to accept your financial aid offer and view any pending requirements needed to finalize your financial aid.

    Your financial aid cannot be applied to your student account bill until you accept or decline each of your offer(s) listed and complete all paperwork. Please log in to Net Partner for more details.

    You can find more information about NetPartner and how to login here.


  3. Select Your Housing & Meal Plan

    Note that there may be changes to housing arrangements and meal plan options as we finalize health and safety preparations to guard against the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Select your Residency

    The majority of our students live on campus. Participating in the residential community on campus, while also working on campus, is a critical component to a WWC education. Students who live on campus have been shown to be more engaged in campus life, therefore contributing positively to their experience in college, identity development, and in most cases achieving higher GPAs.

    There are a few situations in which we allow new students to live off campus and commute to classes – these exemptions and policy details are available in the application linked below. Day Students do not have to pay Room & Board but are assessed a $500 fee per semester and billed per meal in campus dining facilities and/or may purchase flex dollars.

    Select a Meal Plan

    The cost listed below includes a standard, double-occupancy room. Note that North Carolina Sales Tax is charged on meal plans, per NC Statute – tax details are available in the application linked below.

    Plan Cost Gladfelter Cowpie Flex Dollars Sage Dollars
    PREMIUM Meal Plan $6,075 / semester Unlimited Meals 1 Scan / Meal $200 Flex $40 Sage
    PLUS Meal Plan $5,965 / semester Unlimited Meals 1 Scan / Meal $100 Flex $30 Sage
    OPEN DINING Meal Plan $5,875 / semester Unlimited Meals 1 Scan / Meal $25 Flex $15 Sage

    Complete Your Application

    Once you’re ready, complete your Housing & Meal Plan application online.



  4. Setup Your WWC Login Credentials and Email

    Your WWC student ID number, username, and temporary password will be emailed to your personal email address (the one where you regularly receive our emails).

    Note that you cannot login to your new Gmail account until you setup your login credentials with the instructions below.

    Set up Your Credentials

    • Grab your email with your username, temporary password, and student ID number.
    • Go to and click the “My Account” button. Do NOT click the “Forgot My Password” button.
    • Login and follow the instructions to setup your recovery email address, define your security questions, and change your password to a permanent one.  Now the temporary password in your email will no longer work for any of the College systems — use your new password instead.
    • Give the system 10-15 minutes to propagate your new login credentials to Gmail.

    Setup your WWC Email

    • Go to (or you can just go to Gmail).
    • If you see a ‘Sign in’ screen here asking you to enter an email address to login, then continue to the next step.  If you’re already signed in to Google with a personal email, then sign out.  Note: If you’re using Chrome and want to access multiple Google accounts at once, you can add a new profile. Search “Add a person to Chrome” to find out more.
    • Use your full email address (your user name and your new permanent password (the one you setup in the steps above) to sign in.
    • Check your email regularly. Pre-Orientation communication will
      be going to your new email address.

    If you are having problems, or if you have not received your login credentials in the workbook, then please email


  5. Complete Your Room Selection Survey

    Note that there may be changes to housing arrangements as we finalize health and safety preparations to guard against the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Residence Life

    Warren Wilson offers a variety of different living arrangements for new students, including some interesting themed communities within the residence halls. Learn more about residence life and themed housing, and find out about our residence halls.

    The Office of Residence Life supports your on-campus living experience. Our crew of Area Coordinators and Resident Assistants (RAs) provide support, programming, and events. Programs and events are designed to help you get to know others on your floor and in your building and to gain new skills and perspectives.

    Your Roommate & Housing Assignment

    As a new student, you’re assigned a room and roommate based on your responses to the Room Selection Survey. The survey will ask you about your habits, preferences, interests, and lifestyle. We make every effort to honor your preferences and place you in an environment where you’ll thrive, but living in community will involve compromise at times. Transfer students have the option of residing in a group of rooms together.

    Renter’s Insurance

    We highly recommend that all students cover their belongings with a renter’s insurance policy. Some parents may be able to claim their students belongings while at college on their homeowners insurance policies as well.

    Residence Life Q&A

    In this recorded Google Meet with accepted students, the Residence Life and Housing Team discuss WWC Student Housing & Residence Life 101, from how residence halls and roommates are selected to which pet pals you are able to bring with you to college.

    Room Selection Survey

    When you’re ready, fill out your Room Selection Survey.


  6. Complete Your First-Year Workbook or Transfer Workbook

    The First Year and Transfer Workbook will take you about 15-20 minutes to complete and will help your Integrated Advising Coach get to know more about your motivations, background, and goals for your first year at WWC. During the school year, you will use the responses in this workbook to assist in developing an individualized action plan to help guide you through a successful first year.

    Start Your Workbook

    Start Your Transfer Workbook


  7. Take Your Placement Tests

    At Warren Wilson College, we use placement tests to help determine the best level for you to begin your academic coursework. These tests are used to measure where you are right now. It’s important you take them seriously, but don’t feel pressure to study or prepare too much. Basically, we want a snapshot of where you are, so we know where you should start.

    These placement tests are hosted on our e-learning platform called Moodle.  You will need to login to Moodle using your WWC username and password (refer to instructions in the step above).

    Math Placement Exam

    All incoming students are required to take this test (including Transfer Students).*

    • There is one exam.
    • There are 3 versions of the same exam.
    • If you usually need extra time, you are encouraged to take version C, it is set for 4 hours.
    • If you don’t do as well as you expected on version A, you can review and take version B or C.

    * You may omit this exam if you have satisfied your math general education course with transfer, AP, or IB credit AND if you do not intend to enroll in MAT 2410 Calculus I or Mat 2420 Calculus II. If you haven’t satisfied your math general education requirement or want to take calculus, then you must take the exam.

    LENGTH: Variable, depending on test. Must be completed in one sitting.
    NOTE: Have pencil and paper on hand. Test should be completed without a calculator.

    Chemistry Placement Exam

    Do you plan to study science at Warren Wilson? This includes natural science majors (chemistry, biology, etc.) and environmental studies students, as well as students interested in medical school or other health professions. If yes, you must take this test.

    If you are a Transfer Student considering a science major who hasn’t transferred in General Chemistry credit, you should also take this test.

    LENGTH: 80 minutes long and must be completed in one sitting.

    Spanish Placement Exam

    If you have studied Spanish in high school or speak it at home, and if you think you might take Spanish in college, you must take this test.

    LENGTH: Untimed
    NOTE: The test’s password is: wwcollege


  8. Explore the First Year Seminar Experience Options

    New first year students will register for a First Year Seminar. This course is a key component of Warren Wilson’s first year experience and provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to our faculty, our academic expectations, our community engagement opportunities, and each other in small, seminar-style courses.

    Read descriptions of the different First Year Seminar courses.

    If you are a transfer student you will not be taking a First Year Seminar. If you are a first year student arriving with more than 24 credits (about 8 college classes), you may opt out of taking a First Year Seminar Class. You should explore this option with your Integrated Advising Coach before making a decision.


  9. Complete Your Work Crew Application

    Available work crews and positions are being finalized and will be available after June 1.


  10. Register for an Online Group Advising Session with an Integrated Advising Coach

    The Group Advising Sessions will help you learn how to look for classes and how to navigate the overall process of developing a schedule. In your 1-on-1 appointment with your IA Coach, you will discuss your interests and goals, further discuss specific classes together, develop some sample schedules, and you will then be ready to register. The earlier you join the group sessions and schedule an appointment with your IA Coach, the more options you will have when it comes time to sign up for classes.

    Attend a Group Advising Session

    • The first sessions will begin on July 1st and we will continue to offer these sessions throughout the month of July.
    • If you are a student-athlete or a transfer/early college student, there is a specific session just for you. But, if you absolutely can’t make it to one of those, please attend a general group session and you will need to discuss any missed information with your IA Coach.
    • Click here to see all dates and to register.


  11. Send Us Your Documents

    Don’t forget to send us the following required documents:

    • Final, official transcript showing proof of high school graduation
    • Official AP scores
    • IB scores
    • Final, official college/university transcripts (if dual enrolled or Transfer Student)

    Paper documents can be sent to:

    Office of Admissions
    Warren Wilson College
    PO Box 9000
    Asheville, NC 28815-9000

    Electronic documents can be emailed to or delivered via a secure transfer service.


  12. Complete Your Health Insurance Waiver

    You’re required to have health insurance to attend, and Warren Wilson enrolls you in a CIGNA plan and adds the charge to your bill.  CIGNA health insurance provides coverage from 8/1/2020 to 7/31/2021. CIGNA is the insurance company, and CHP / Wellfleet is the plan administrator (for managing benefits, claims, and communications).

    If you have health insurance already through a parent or guardian, please fill out the waiver to cancel enrollment and reverse the charge for our student health insurance.

    • Go to and enter “Warren Wilson College” in the Find Your School field.
    • Choose Waive and then Waive Online. Follow the instructions to create an account.
    • Make sure to use your WWC email address.
    • Enter your insurance information.
    • Waiving in the fall will waive coverage for the entire year.
    • Make sure you receive confirmation from CHP / Wellfleet that your waiver was approved. If the charge is not removed from your Student Account within 5 business days then your waiver has not been approved. Log into your CHP / Wellfleet account to complete the waiver process.

    Are you considering competing on a varsity sports team? If so, you can learn more about athletic insurance coverage here.

    NOTE: The waiver must be completed by September 21, 2020 or the charge will not be reversed.  For more information, email or call (828) 771-3802.


  13. Schedule a Virtual Meeting with Your Integrated Advising Coach

    Your Integrated Advising (IA) Coach will help you choose and register for courses until you declare a major. Your coach stays with you throughout your time at Warren Wilson, personalizing your journey, helping you bring together the right experiences to become who you want to be, and ensuring that you are prepared to make the changes you want to see in the world.

    Schedule an appointment with your Integrated Advising Coach for academic advising and to obtain clearance to register for courses.

    During the meeting between you and your Integrated Advising Coach, you will review the main points from the group advising session, discuss your goals and interests, and develop a schedule for fall classes.


  14. Pay Your First Semester Bill

    In mid-June, you receive a billing packet that provides you with a statement for your first semester along with helpful instructions about ensuring your financial aid is applied, payment plans, and payment options.

    NOTE: Completing the Health Insurance Waiver (above) will reverse the charge for student health insurance.


  15. Find your Roomate & Housing Assignment

    Note that there may be changes to housing arrangements as we finalize health and safety preparations to guard against the Coronavirus pandemic.

    You are now able to view your on-campus housing assignment for next year by logging into myWWC.

    NOTE: You must have setup your WWC network account (refer to instructions in the step above). If you do not see a housing assignment in myWWC, it may be because we don’t have your Room Selection Survey (above)!

    To find your room assignment, log into myWWC with your WWC credentials, then go to the  Residence Life page under the Campus Life section. Scroll down to the section that says “My Residence Information” and that’s where you’ll find your room and roommate.

    The best way to contact your new roommate, if you wish, is through WWC email. If you draft an email in your WWC gmail account and start typing their first and/or last name, you should be able to find them! All WWC community members (students, staff, and faculty) are pre-loaded into WWC gmail so you can find most folks this way.

    If you have any other questions, please contact us at

  16. Register for Orientation & Your Move-In Slot

    New Student Orientation is now set to begin on Monday, August 10 with new students moving in on a rolling basis from Friday, August 7-10. Transfer students will move in on August 11. Allowing move-in to happen over several days will allow new students and family to maintain social distance as they move through the residence halls.

    Orientation is a mandatory time for you to learn all about campus life.  Orientation optional events will be happening throughout the weekend for the folks who move-in early.  For move-in, we request that you bring your closest family member who can help you with moving items.  In order to keep the number of folks low going in and out of our residence halls, we are unable to allow several family members for each new student and hope you understand our commitment to social distancing.

    A registration form will be available in June – check back soon.


  17. Register for Courses

    Use the schedule for Fall courses that you developed with your Integrated Advising Coach to guide you as you register.

    You cannot register for courses until you have:

    • completed your placement tests (needed for advising)
    • sent us your final, official transcripts and test scores (needed for advising)
    • attended a group advising session
    • met with your IA Coach
    • paid your first semester’s bill

    Once you’ve completed all of the above, you can register for courses.

    This handout will guide you through the process of course registration.