Wilson College

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1015 Philadelphia Avenue

Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone: (717) 264-4141
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#16 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Wilson College is a private institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 621, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Wilson College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 16. Its tuition and fees are $29,370 (2013-14).

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

Wilson College is an independent college dedicated to the education of women, rigorous study in the liberal arts and sciences, and strong career preparation. Wilson is committed to the life of the mind and spirit, to environmental sustainability, and to preparing articulate, ethical leaders who will serve their communities and professions effectively in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and global world. The College is distinguished by its supportive, diverse, and close-knit community, which is guided by the Wilson Honor Principle. Wilson serves residential women, including a residential program for women with children, as well as female and male commuter students.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1869
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment $67,365,905


When applying to Wilson College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 10. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.2 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 62.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wilson College is 9:1, and the school has 84.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wilson College include: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant; Elementary Education and Teaching; Equestrian/Equine Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 28%
Elementary Education and Teaching 11%
Equestrian/Equine Studies 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 8%
Accounting 7%

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Student Life

Wilson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 621, with a gender distribution of 11.3 percent male students and 88.7 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. Wilson College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 695
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 NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Wilson College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wilson College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Wilson College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Wilson College, 90.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid.

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Tuition and fees $29,370 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,393 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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