Students Say

Warren Wilson’s unique approach to education is encapsulated in its “Triad program.” This distinctive curriculum combines academics with “work and service.” Though this program might demand more of your time, undergrads here speak quite highly of it. As one psych major shares, Triad “allows students to deepen their understanding of the world’s needs and prepares them for a lifestyle of service beyond college.” Additionally, it’s an “active style of learning” that “really pushes students…to become well-rounded individuals.” Undergrads are especially enthusiastic about the college’s “environmental focus and strong science programs.”

Overview

Applicants
1,176
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Volunteer Work
Work Experience
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Warren Wilson’s unique approach to education is encapsulated in its “Triad program.” This distinctive curriculum combines academics with “work and service.” Though this program might demand more of your time, undergrads here speak quite highly of it. As one psych major shares, Triad “allows students to deepen their understanding of the world’s needs and prepares them for a lifestyle of service beyond college.” Additionally, it’s an “active style of learning” that “really pushes students…to become well-rounded individuals.” Undergrads are especially enthusiastic about the college’s “environmental focus and strong science programs.” There’s “a working farm on campus that students run, and it [lends] excellent opportunity for hands-on experience.” Undergrads also laud the “good creative writing department.” Importantly, “the majority of the faculty are genuinely interested in the well-being of each and every student.” Professors are “easy to talk to and highly available.” This accessibility extends to the administration as well. As one impressed junior tells us, “We know our administration by first name, and if we want to talk to them, it’s no problem to schedule an appointment or have the admin attend a student government meeting.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
104
with Terminal Degree
74

58
Women
46
Men
11
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
42%
Graduate in 5 years
50%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Tony Earley
Writer

David Wilcox
Musician

Anne Graham Masters
Perinatal Physician

Billy Edd Wheeler
Songwriter

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
42%
Graduate in 5 years
50%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,614

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,189

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,020

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,239

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,462
Required Fees
$390
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$820

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Warren Wilson is a college that “is very open to the idea of individuality” and thus manages to attract “a wide range of students.” Many undergrads proclaim their peers to be “dynamic people” who are all “atypical.” As a sophomore proudly boasts, “The great thing about this school is that a person, in all their weirdness, is loved and embraced by the community.” Of course, for all this diversity, some commonalities do seep through. The “vast majority of people who go here are liberal” and are concerned “with social justice issues.” Indeed, the mantle “hippie” is frequently bandied about. While some might object to this stereotype, many undergrads are “committed to environmental awareness.” A freshman notes that his fellow students “care about the outdoors, recycle, unplug appliances not in use, and would rather eat an organic salad than a steak.” Additionally, most undergrads are hardworking and very industrious, constantly thinking of new projects to do and coming up with interesting ideas.” But perhaps this math major sums up his peers best, “If you like people with weird haircuts, people with a different gender identity, vegans, feminists, and future organic farmers—or are one of these people—you will probably fit right in.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
824
Out of State
77%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

1.12%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.37%
Asian
3.74%
African-American
5.86%
Hispanic
84.04%
Caucasian
2.12%
International

62% female
38% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Undergrads at Warren Wilson tend to lead hectic lives. Many concur that “students are really busy during the week” and therefore view the weekend as “a time for release.” However, the intellectual debates don’t just stop because it’s leisure time. As one freshman shares, life often “revolves around political arguments and philosophical discussions held over cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon.” Of course, activities extend beyond delightful and thought-provoking conversation. Students “greatly enjoy” the outdoors, and many can often be found “exploring trails, visiting the animals on the farm, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing on the Swannanoa River.” Additionally, “fall soccer games, Friday night themed dance parties…and Thursday night contra dances” are all well attended. One senior adds that “poetry slams, talent shows, theatrical productions, and parties that are held in the common areas of the dorms” are all great fun. Students are also “very politically and environmentally active, and community service” is extremely popular. Venturing into downtown Asheville is common as well. The town center is only “a fifteen-minute ride from campus, and there is a bus that goes back and forth during specific hours.” The “funky” area has “a great arts and music scene,” and “there are lots of concerts, performances, restaurants and local stores to visit.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Owls)
7 Sports

Basketball
Canoeing
Cross Country
Cycling
Mountain Biking
Soccer
Swimming
Women's Sports (Owls)
7 Sports

Basketball
Canoeing
Cross Country
Cycling
Mountain Biking
Soccer
Swimming


Sustainability

The triad of academics, work, and service outlined in College’s mission statement make it a unique place to learn about sustainable decision-making in action. Environmental studies is a popular major on campus, including six different concentrations. The Farm and Garden that supplies Warren Wilson’s Dining Services began doing so way before eating local was a popular concept. The college’s Environmental Leadership Centeris a cut above the typical campus eco-organization, and is currently re-purposing its work to support faculty, staffa nd student efforts to research and impelment regional solutions to sustianability challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and cultural preservation. Warren Wilson has made a commitment to using green building standards for all new construction and retrofits and to reduce campus-wide emissions by 80 percent by 2020. Among the residence halls on campus is the nation’s first LEED Platinum-certified residence hall under the Existing Buildings rating system—the EcoDorm—built by student teams with wood that was repurposed or sustainably harvested on campus. The dorm also features solar panel window awnings, solar thermal hydronic floor heating, a rainwater catchment system that helps irrigate the surrounding permaculture, and many other waste-minimizing features. But perhaps the most impressive statistic is yet to be mentioned: From 2006-2013, 100 percent of the school's electricity use was offset through the purchase of wind power generated renewable energy credits. In addition, 12 percent of campus heating and cooling energy demand is met with geothermal and solar thermal resources, and composts 100 percent of all cafeteria food watse creating soil ammendment for campus needs. For all of these sustainable initiatives, the college has received many accolades: It has been named one of the greenest schools in the nation by the Sierra Club, U.S. New & World Report, The Weather Channel, Blue Ridge Outdoors, The Daily Green website, the National Wildlife Foundation, GreenLivingOnline.com, Kiwi magazine, Second Nature, and now The Princeton Review, two years running.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
53%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Monique A. Cote
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
P.O. Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815

Phone
800-934-3536

Email
admit@warren-wilson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sage Cafe
Holden Arts Center
Witherspoon/Morse Science Center
Dogwood-a short hike to this great view
Cow Pie Cafe (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Trails for hiking, mountain biking
Blue Ridge Parkway
Pisgah Brewing
Laughing Seed- Fantastic Vegan/Vegetaria
Bean Street Caf and Natural Mystic- Cof

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday (+ Saturday Sept-May)
M-F 8am-4pm, + Sat 9am-Noon (Sept-May)
800-934-3536

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8am-4pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Same as interview

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admit@warren-wilson.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
not guaranteed/only upon availability

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Asheville Regional Airport is 30 min from campus. Delta and US Air fly to Asheville. There is a shuttle and taxi service costing approx. $30.00 one way. We do our best to provide transportation to and from the Airport on weekdays during business hours-but cannot guarantee rides. We cannot provide rides on nights or weekends. Other options (sometimes cheaper) are the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC Airport- 1 hrs away by rent a car, or the Charlotte, NC Airport 2 hours away. There is an Asheville Trailways/Greyhound Bus Station 15 min from Campus as well. This # is 1800-231-2222.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-40 west of Asheville: If you are arriving by car via I-40 from areas west of Asheville, do not take the Asheville exits (I-240), but rather stay on I-40 going East until you get to Exit 55. Take Exit 55 (East Asheville), turn left and go under the interstate. Go to the first traffic light (at the intersection with US-70/Tunnel Road), and turn right onto US-70. On US-70, go 1.5 miles until you reach the next traffic light and turn left onto Warren Wilson Road. Travel about 1.5 miles until you reach the campus. Take the second entrance into the campus (the first being a gravel service road), go past the library on the right, and look for parking areas. From I-40 east of Asheville: If you are traveling on I-40 east of Asheville take Exit 59 (Swannanoa) which has a "Warren Wilson College" sign. Bear right at the exit and go to the traffic light at the intersection with US-70. Turn left and go about 2 miles until you reach the second traffic light. Turn right on Warren Wilson Road. Go about 1.5 miles until you reach the campus. Take the second entrance onto the campus, go past the library on your right, continue up the hill and park in designated areas. From the airport: If you are traveling from the airport, take Interstate 26 West to I-40 East, then follow the instructions from I-40 West of Asheville.

Local Accommodations
St. Claire Guesthouse on Campus-upon availability to prospective students- 2 nights free, 3 meals free (you can pay for other meals at our cafeteria or vegetarian/vegan caf ). Two weeks or more notice required. Not always available- please call. For Parents and other family members there are hotels 10 min from Campus- Holiday Inn East Tunnel Rd.-828-298-5611, Beat Inn-828-298-4000, Motel 6-828-298-3040, Super 8- 828-298-7952. There are some wonderful historic places to stay- beautiful settings, but pricey- Grove Park Inn Resort-828-252-2711, Haywood Park Hotel-1800-228-2522, and the Inn on Biltmore Estate-800-858-4130. Also there are 2 great B and B's in Black Mt. 15 min away- The Inn Around the Corner-828-669-6005, and The Red Rocker Inn-828-669-5991, the B and B's are mid range priced.
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Key Stats

1,176
Applicants
824
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists