Wilson College sits on 300 acres in Chambersburg, Pa., located along Interstate 81, approximately 17 miles from the Maryland border. The campus, with its Collegiate Gothic architecture and beautiful grounds is on the National Register of Historic places.
Wilson can be easily accessed from several major cities and airports. Its campus is 1-hour driving distance from Harrisburg; one and 1.5 hours from Washington, D.C.; 2 hours from Baltimore; 3 hours from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; and 4 hours from New York City.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
With state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and research spaces, the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology enhances the College's strengths in the sciences at the undergraduate level. The Wilson campus also includes the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living with its organic farm, the Penn Hall Equestrian Center, and the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women.
Wilson's exceptional Penn Hall Equestrian Center serves as the base for equestrian programs and includes two indoor riding arenas featuring shadowless lighting and sand/sawdust footing. The center also houses an outdoor arena with racetrack sand footing, three pristine barns with 72 stalls, 20 acres of fenced paddocks and pastures, and plenty of space for outdoor riding. Horse boarding is available.
The Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, with its active CSA (community-supported agriculture) program and organic farm, provides options for students in environmental majors or those who are interested in sustainable practices. The center provides internships, service learning and volunteer opportunities.
Wilson will begin a campus renovation in the coming year, starting with a new student center space (scheduled to be completed during the 2013-14 academic year) and updated residence halls. The College is also in the planning stages for a new library with a learning commons that will serve as a hub for academic life on campus.
Downtown Chambersburg is within walking distance of campus. Students display their artwork in town, take music lesson from the Cumberland Valley School of Music on campus and volunteer in community organizations. Wilson's cultural events and enrichment programs are resources to the local and regional communities. Students can take advantage of nearby parks and recreation areas, such as Caledonia State Park, part of the Appalachian trail. Wilson is within an easy travel distance to Baltimore, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York City and historic Gettysburg.
Student Organizations & Activities
Students are encouraged to get involved and meet fellow students on campus by joining any of the many clubs and organizations or participating in intercollegiate athletics or equestrian teams. Wilson has something to satisfy the interests and pursuits of most students, but if they can't find what they want, they can take the lead and start a new club.
Three student organizations carry academic credit for participants: Billboard, the student newspaper, the Wilson College Choir and Orchesis, Wilson's acclaimed modern dance troupe. The Wilson College Government Association (WCGA) is jointly responsible for the rules that govern the college campus, and provides leadership opportunities. Students can also participate in internships, such as the Washington Center program, or complete research projects and study abroad.
Wilson College is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). By 2014, Wilson plans to offer basketball, cross country and golf for men, and have two additional men's sports in place by 2016. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and softball.
Wilson's hunt seat and western equitation teams compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), while the dressage team competes in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). Additional equestrian clubs provide students with the opportunity to participate in the eventing team and the mounted drill team.