Wabash College

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PO Box 352

Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Phone: (765) 361-6100
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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#57 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Wabash College is a private institution that was founded in 1832. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 906, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 62 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wabash College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 57. Its tuition and fees are $35,650 (2013-14).

As one of three remaining all-men’s liberal arts colleges in the country, Wabash College is a minority. This is also one of its biggest selling points, as the college insists this aspect of the school promotes intense focus on academics. At the college, nearly 40 percent of the student body competes in varsity sports and more than 80 percent participates in intramural or club sports. Known as the Little Giants, Wabash is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III. With an enrollment of fewer than 1,000 students, the college promotes cohesion among the student body and requires that students live on campus during their first two years at the school. Greek life is very popular and about half of the students participate in the fraternity program. Those looking for programs and activities outside of athletics and Greek life can choose from the more than 60 on-campus organizations, ranging from national service organizations to debate clubs. Students hoping to experience a larger city are only an hour outside of Indianapolis, the largest city in Indiana and its state capital.

Although Wabash requires students to live on campus their first two years, freshmen can opt to forgo residence housing and live in their respective fraternity’s house from their very first day at school. Known as one of the best rivalries in college football, Wabash competes against DePauw University for the right to keep or reclaim the Monon Bell, a 300-pound locomotive bell. Despite not having traditional journalism courses or advisers, Wabash students still produce a daily newspaper called The Bachelor, which has garnered more than 20 journalism awards. Notable alumni include Bob Charles, Sr., the inventor of the McDonald’s Happy Meal, and Oscar-winning actor Dean Jagger.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Wabash college is a private liberal arts college that educates men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively and live humanely. Wabash is a student-centered institution governed entirely by the Gentleman's Rule, which calls for students to conduct themselves at all times as gentlemen and responsible citizens. Nearly three-quarters of all Wabash students will study off campus, either as part of an Immersion Learning course or in a traditional semester abroad program. Wabash's broad-based liberal arts curriculum prepares men for law, medical, and graduate schools, and internships help men prepare for business careers. Over 70 percent of graduating seniors will have worked in a paid internship. There are new Dual Degree programs in Engineering and Accounting, and programs in Asian Studies and Business Leadership.

General Information

School type private, men's college
Year founded 1832
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $324,995,735


When applying to Wabash College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. The application fee at Wabash College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wabash College is 10:1, and the school has 73.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wabash College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; English Language and Literature/Letters; and History. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 69%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 21%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11%
English Language and Literature/Letters 9%
History 9%

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Student Life

Wabash College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 906, with a gender distribution of 100 percent male students and 0 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. Wabash College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 906
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Wabash College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Wabash College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wabash College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Wabash College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Wabash College, 81 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,749.

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Tuition and fees $35,650 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,910 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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