August 11 – 15, 2022

About Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation students arrive early to campus for an exciting 3-4 day experience! Check-in will be on Thursday, August 11th. Once checked in, students will move into their first-year housing assignments. Space is limited to 10-12 participants depending on the program. Meals and transportation during the programs are included! Partial scholarships are available via the application (coming soon!).

Pre-Orientation participants build long-lasting connections with their fellow classmates, learn about the WWC campus and important resources, explore surrounding areas, and gain valuable skills through hands-on experiences.

Application Information

The Pre-Orientation Programs application will go live soon, so keep an eye out for more information via email! A deposit of $50 will be due upon application submission. Applications will be due by early July, and program acceptance confirmations will be sent out shortly after.

2022 Pre-Orientation Programs

Craft Immersion

$300 – Craft is a way of thinking, of constructing, and a way of working at Warren Wilson College. Get acquainted with the craft crews on campus: fiber arts, fine woodworking, and blacksmithing. Come spend a day working in each studio learning how to use the tools and equipment and making objects that you will get to keep!

Outdoor – Backpacking & Climbing Adventure

$400 – The quintessential Western North Carolina outdoor experience! Set out for a wonderful backpacking and climbing adventure in the Pisgah Forest, where you’ll form strong connections to the beautiful forest lands near campus and your new classmates. There will be plenty of time to relax, take a dip, and enjoy being in the woods with your new friends as well.

Outdoor – Lake Santeetlah Paddling Adventure

$400 – Enjoy a great mix of paddling, recreation, relaxation, and a short day hike in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. At the end of each day, there will be plenty of time at camp to relax, enjoy good food, conversations, and activities. The memories gained on this trip will last a lifetime!

Community-Based Programs

Community-based Pre-Orientation Programs are for students who have already been accepted into continuing community-based WWC programs or work crews.

Bonner Leaders

The Bonner Leaders Program is home to the crew of community engagement leaders and ambassadors on Warren Wilson’s campus, as we aim to live out the College’s long standing commitment to working in and with the community. As a new Bonner, you will explore the social and political context of Asheville and its surrounding area, engage with and learn from community-based organizations, and interact with like-minded leaders through team-building activities and outings.


This living and learning community at WWC’s Sutton Hall is the premier dorm for students committed to advocacy for communities of African, Latine, Indigenous, and/or Asian (ALIA) descent. Over the four days you will meet with fellow residents & members of the ENGAGE leadership team, get to know each other through interactive activities and trips into Asheville & Western North Carolina, and interact with other Warren Wilson student leaders.