Warren Wilson College

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PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815

Phone: (828) 298-3325
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 31
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#167 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Warren Wilson College is a private institution that was founded in 1894. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 852, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Warren Wilson College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 167. Its tuition and fees are $29,540 (2013-14).

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

Warren Wilson College is distinctive among American colleges and universities. Strong environmental and international emphases enhance a learning Triad of academics, work and service. The college also is recognized as a campus leader in sustainable practices and facilities. As Samuel Schuman described Warren Wilson in his book Old Main: "Rather like Orwell's barnyard menagerie, all small colleges are unique, but some are more unique than others. [Warren Wilson's] program, emphases, population, and atmosphere are unmistakably its own." The aspirations at Warren Wilson are as lofty as the mountains framing the campus. They are goals grounded in the liberal arts, driven by the Triad, pushed beyond the monetary rewards of an occupation. In this place the pursuit of knowledge and the demands of labor merge on a path to serve a world seeking solutions. The lessons offered here prepare the inspired not only to make a living, but also to make a well-rounded life.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1894
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $58,017,954


When applying to Warren Wilson College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 31, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 72 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 72.0%
Application deadline January 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Warren Wilson College is 11:1, and the school has 81.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Warren Wilson College include: Environmental Studies; Sociology; Visual and Performing Arts, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 46%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Environmental Studies 25%
Sociology 7%
Visual and Performing Arts, General 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Warren Wilson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 852, with a gender distribution of 38.5 percent male students and 61.5 percent female students. At this school, 89 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 11 percent of students live off campus. Warren Wilson College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 924
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
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Warren Wilson College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Warren Wilson 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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Warren Wilson College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Warren Wilson College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Warren Wilson College, 66.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,189.

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Tuition and fees $29,540 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,796 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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