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In the Swannanoa Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains An accredited, four-year, private liberal arts college

COSTS FOR 2013-14 Tuition and Fees Room and Board Total Cost Minus Work Compensation Tuition, Room, and Board Cost after work compensation

$29,540 $8,796 $38,336 $3,480 credit

To arrange a campus visit: 800.934.3536 5.13

Office of Admission • PO Box 9000 Asheville, North Carolina 28815-9000 800-934-3536 • 828-771-2073 email:


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Mission Statement The mission of Warren Wilson College is to provide a distinctive undergraduate and graduate liberal arts education. Our undergraduate education combines

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Getting here: Our campus is an easy drive, located just a few miles from I-40 at Exit 55. The Asheville Regional Airport is 25 minutes away. Visit our website for directions.

and transfer students may choose to stay in a dorm with a host, or the charming St. Clair Guest House may be available for you and your family members. During the summer months and holidays these options may be limited.

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Watch our videos. Get to know our campus, our history and our people in these three online videos.

Apply for admission. In an effort to reduce paper waste, we no longer have paper applications. To apply for admission:

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Visit our campus. We are definitely not for everyone. Hands down, a visit is the best way to decide if we are right for you. While you are welcome on our campus anytime, the Admission Office is open M-F, from 8-5 and offers several tours a day with the option to attend classes and participate in service or activities. Seniors

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Gather information. Lurk about our website. Get to know your admission counselor. Call or email us. Look in your mailbox for more brochures and special invitations. And always, let us know if you need more or wish to be removed from our lists.

We also accept the Common Application.

There is no fee to apply!

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That’s what people say about Warren Wilson, and with good reason. Our educational program, the Triad, is singular in higher education. The Triad consists of three interwoven strands of experience: academics in the liberal arts tradition, a campus-wide work program, and service in the community. The Triad is infused with a sustainability ethic and cross-cultural understanding—integral parts of the College’s history and founding philosophy.

Our students learn by doing. Through the Triad, students gain a meaningful education that feeds their intellectual hunger and empowers them to collaborate and solve problems during and after college. Led by faculty and staff, students acquire knowledge in the classroom, in the forest and fields, and in the wider community—locally and internationally. Academics for the mind, work for the hands, and service for the heart connect to create a holistic, experiential education. The Triad approach encourages students to develop initiatives and apply them on campus and in the community and beyond. Graduates leave the College with a varied and valuable skill set. They leave with a sense of confidence, connectedness, accountability, and a greater understanding of themselves. They leave knowing that their passions will take them places. They leave prepared to do more for the world and for their own lives. Warren Wilson is a college for individuals who want to make a difference.


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What is the Triad? Academics. Work. Service. Given the challenges facing the world today, the need for a Warren Wilson College education is more pressing than at any time in its 120-year history. The Triad represents an educational philosophy that demands learning beyond the classroom, beyond the campus, and beyond the surrounding community. It is a methodology that dares students to address complex problems. It fosters engaged liberal arts—for our students and for society at large. By remaining flexible and adaptable while keeping its heritage at heart, the College provides every student with a progressive, meaningful education.

“The secret about our faculty members is that they are rebels—absolute, unapologetic rebels. We know that some of us may not look much like it—our faces worn with worry, our bespectacled eyes straining, our bodies older, a little saggy with age. But, our minds …ah, our minds. You can’t see them, but you will surely be the better for our rebellious minds. Most of us fell so deeply in love with college that we never left.”

“Work at Warren Wilson is important because, if you do not do the job, then who will? I believe work has to be real and have a purpose. The advantages of work are many. It stretches your capabilities, questions your preconceived notions, and makes a college education affordable. As a new student, expect to work. Be purposeful as you look over the opportunities but, most of all, accept your work assignment and do it well.”

Dean of Academics

Dean of Work

“Warren Wilson is a community filled with visionaries and dreamers who want to make a difference in the world around them. Perhaps you define yourself in this way now, or you may still be searching for an issue that awakens those feelings within you. In either case, your service experience will give you a chance to engage in cooperative relationships with partners within our greater community to explore complex issues in a way that will empower you to be an active agent of change. This is a place to both discover your passion and to live it.” Dean of Service

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Triad Education Requirements Academics: Challenging Liberal Arts, Practical Applications • First-Year Seminar: 4 credits (strategies for learning, problem solving, and research) • College Composition I and II: 8 credits • Liberal arts area courses— 4 credits from each of the following eight areas: artistic expression, history/political science, language and global issues, literature, mathematics, natural science, philosophy and religious studies, and social science • Academic major requirements (specific to individual majors, including seminars, capstones, internships, and theses)

Work: Building Skills, Building Community Weekly work commitment of 15 hours on a crew assignment and evaluations based on seven common learning outcomes

Service: Passionate, In-Depth Community Engagement • Students complete a Community Engagement Commitment through four points of engagement and growth (PEGS) • Self-knowledge • Understanding of complex issues • Capacity for leadership • Commitment to community engagement

The Senior Letter Addressed to the faculty and staff of the College, the senior letter is an evaluation and reflection of the graduate’s experiences at the College. One senior letter is chosen as the Outstanding Letter each year and is then read by the following year‘s new students.

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Academics Challenging Liberal Arts, Practical Applications


n every class and across every major, the Warren Wilson academic program challenges you to think critically, analyze rigorously, and present your ideas clearly, both on paper and in person. You will develop the mindset of an engaged, lifelong learner and simultaneously acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on realworld enterprises.

Declared Majors: n environmental studies and forestry: 27% n creative writing/English/theatre: 14% n biology/chemistry/math/medical and veterinary: 12% n outdoor leadership: 7% n sociology and anthropology: 6% n art: 6% n global studies: 6% n social work: 5% n business: 4% n other: modern language, philosophy, religious and integrative studies: 3%

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Our curriculum exposes you to a range of academic fields, pushes you beyond your comfort zone, and helps you build a solid foundation to complement your major area of study. At the same time, you have ample opportunity to pursue your particular academic interests intensively through advanced seminars, research projects, portfolios, theses, internships, and independent study. Always, we expect you to discover the

relevance of the course material to your life: your career aspirations, your service and work experiences, and your hopes and concerns as a citizen of this planet. With a 12:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 14, the College is a tight-knit community of learners. You and your professors will likely be on a firstname basis; you will know your classmates as individuals with unique histories and perspectives. The classroom is a lively place, characterized by inquiry and respect. Our professors are passionate about their fields of study, and they love to teach. They consider themselves collaborators as well as instructors. They look to you for your intellectual contributions and insights, whether it’s in the classroom, on a research project, or over lunch.

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Majors and Minors Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees


“Set within one of the most biodiverse regions in North America and offering a strong academic program that goes hand-in-hand with experiential learning, Warren Wilson is a natural place to be a green college. What other place has this combination?”

Professor of Environmental Studies

Art Biology* Business/Sustainable Business General Business Administration Non-Profit Management Small Business Management/ Entrepreneurship Sustainable Economic Development Chemistry* Biochemistry Creative Writing English* English Literature English/Creative Writing Theatre/English Environmental Studies* Conservation Biology Environmental Chemistry Environmental Education Environmental Policy Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Forestry Global Studies Appalachian Studies Asian Studies Intercultural Studies Latin American Studies History and Political Science History Political Science Integrative Studies Mathematics Modern Language Outdoor Leadership Philosophy

Psychology Religious Studies Social Work Sociology/Anthropology Archaeology Cultural Anthropology Gender and Women’s Studies Sociology *Honors option

Minors All majors are also offered as minors Appalachian Studies Applied Geospatial Technology Education Gender and Women’s Studies Intercultural Studies Latin American Studies Music Peace and Justice Studies Physics Theatre

Specialized Advising Areas Pre-Law Studies Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Studies Pre-Peace Corps, International & Non-Governmental Service Studies Pre-Veterinary Medicine Studies

Dual Degree Cooperative Bachelor’s Degree Programs Pre-Environmental Management

Masters Degrees Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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Work Building Skills, Building Community


ounded nearly 120 years ago as a farm school for boys, Warren Wilson continues to provide an educational experience that extends far beyond the classroom walls. As part of the College’s work program, you’ll join one of more than 100 campus work crews and learn valuable lessons that will serve you well professionally and personally. Your work assignment might involve computer repair, library support, dorm maintenance, or dining services. You might help catalog archaeological artifacts, write an article for the College magazine, save campus hemlock trees from the woolly adelgid, or lead tours for prospective students. When you participate in the work program, you take ownership in the community because you have a hand in its daily functioning. Through your own ingenuity, productivity, and commitment, you are making things work. Your 15 hours each week also earns you credit toward the cost of attendance. The work program teaches you a range of significant skills that reinforce and complement your academic learning. It gives you experience in problem-solving, facilitation, organization, communication, leadership, and teamwork. Nothing speaks more clearly than experience coupled with passion. Once a year, we celebrate Work Day. All classes are cancelled and students spend time on their various crews in the morning and then join the staff and faculty for an afternoon of campus projects.

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Sample Work Crews

The Common Learning Outcomes of Work A. Dependability – Student demonstrates timeliness, the ability to successfully manage their time, and is reliable and accountable.

E. Communication – Student demonstrates the ability to convey information effectively and build community with people they come in contact with.

B. Integrity – Student demonstrates trustworthiness and respect for honesty and transparency.

F. Collaboration – Student demonstrates an ability to communicate and collaborate with those they work with.

C. Initiative – Student demonstrates the ability to recognize and evaluate a situation, and the self-control and motivation to carry out their responsibilities and challenges.

G. Appreciation of the value of all Work – Student demonstrates an understanding of their place in the working world, a respect for the dignity of all work, and the value of the work experience.

D. Analytical Thinking – Student demonstrates the ability to recognize and evaluate a situation and knowledge of resources available to creatively address issues and solve problems.

Academic Affairs Accounting Admission Alumni Relations Archaeology & Collections Auto Shop Birdwatching Blacksmith Building Maintenance Business Office Campus Store Career Services Carpentry Chapel Chemistry College Press Community Bike Shop Computing Services Dining Services Electrical English Research Assistants Environmental Leadership Center Farm Fiber Arts Fire Safety Forestry Garden Greenhouse Global Information Studies Health Care Center Heating/Air Conditioning

Holden Arts Center International Student Coordination Landscaping Library Local Food Locksmith Mountain Area Child & Family Center Outdoor Programs Painting Peace & Social Justice Peal (Literary Magazine) Plumbing Pool President’s Assistant Purchasing Recycling/Solid Waste Residence Life Sage Café & Baking Service-Learning Student Caucus Switchboard/Reception Theatre Sculpture & Ceramics Studio Water & Energy Efficiency Web Design Wellness Yearbook

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Service In the first few days of orientation, our new students are joined by the faculty and staff for Service Day. The entire day is organized around building community relationships while creating awareness about issues like local food security.

Passionate and Deep Engagement in the Community


any of our students come to us with experience serving in their communities, but at Warren Wilson you will take that involvement much deeper. Through our , completed by all students for graduation, you will learn more about yourself and the social and environmental issues that challenge us all. As part of your commitment, you will build on that learning while making a meaningful contribution to an organization and developing a sense of how you will contribute to your community after college. Service is most effective when you are working with passion, and through your experience here, you can do some exploring to identify what that is for you, or, build on what you already know is in your heart. We have relationships with amazing community partners and our students work with a range of issues including; supporting individuals experiencing homelessness, working on policy addressing access to healthy food for all, mentoring youth, doing outreach in local Latino communities, addressing habitat preservation and many more. Service projects happen in lots of different ways and are integrated into other aspects of life on campus. You will have coursebased service experiences where your academic work is connected to engagement in the community through a class, you may do service with your work crew building on skills developed as part of your job, you might participate in weekly service visiting the same partner consistently to build strong relationships, you may have an internship

with a non-profit or you may travel to a new area to engage in the community through a service break trip or study abroad experience. Many students also design their own unique service pathway. Whatever your focus or your service experience, it is a transformative component of the Triad.

• Our students perform over 45,000 hours of service every year • Warren Wilson College is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for “exemplary community service” • Newsweek ranks Warren Wilson College as #3 on its nationwide list of “Most Service-Oriented” colleges and universities • Washington Monthly identifies Warren Wilson College in the top 5 “Most Service Oriented Colleges” • 74% of our alumni continue with community service after graduation

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Newsweek ranks Warren Wilson as No. 3 on its nationwide list of “Most Service-Oriented” colleges and universities.

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Samples of Comunity Partners Swannanoa Community Garden – Food Security Western North Carolina Alliance – Environment Building Bridges – Race and Immigration Homeward Bound – Homelessness Big Brothers, Big Sisters – Youth Outreach Asheville City Schools Foundation – Education Black Mountain Neurological Treatment Center – Health and Psychology Animal Compassion Network – Animal Welfare Our Voice Rape Crisis Center – Violence Reduction Global Village – International Development

“Any organization has to realize that regardless of their size and budget, they probably cannot do everything that needs to be done by themselves. We could not do as much for our community without our Warren Wilson collaboration.”

“My break trip allowed me to really delve into a situation, to experience it fully and to understand the complexity of all kinds of situations. My service experiences put into perspective my privilege and that is valuable.”

Derek Clatterbuck ’11

Sample of Service Learning Academic Courses Biopsychology for Individuals with Brain Injuries Cultural Psychology with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (in South Dakota) Social Welfare Policy and Children First GIS Mapping with MANNA Food Bank Writing in Communities with the Literacy Council Community Based Art and Homeless Issues

“I use service-based learning in my courses because I feel as though it helps students put theories into practice. This makes their learning experience more meaningful and also prepares them to go on to more challenging professional options.”

Lucy Lawrence, MSW, Social Work professor

Norma Brown, Latino Outreach Coordinator, Children First

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue


Sample of Service Break Trips

“Service has changed the way I work, learn, and act on a daily basis. It has humbled me and made me ambitious at the same time. Service reminds me that there is hope in the world of chaos and most importantly that I have the ability to contribute to causes that I believe in.”

Senior Service Reflection Paper

Impacts of Coal Mining in West Virginia Trail Restoration at Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia Urban Agriculture in NYC > Climate Change Adaptation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee Rebuilding Alabama: Disaster, Poverty and Solutions in Greensboro, Alabama

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Cross-Cultural Experiences

An extraordinary component of the Warren Wilson education


nternational study can become a significant part of your educational experience through one of three programs: short-term study abroad, semester and year-length study abroad, or cross-cultural internships. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in our international study program during their junior year. The College assists students in financing this opportunity. Students engaged in one of our study abroad courses might study with human rights organizations in Mexico or village development projects in Thailand. They might travel by train in China, canoe in New Zealand, trek to remote locations in the Andes, or build community schools in Vietnam. Prior to travel, students are engaged in preparatory coursework taught by the faculty member who leads the class abroad. Through the on-campus, pretravel class, participants learn about the history, culture, language, and social and environmental issues of the area where they will be traveling and studying.


The semester or year-length study abroad option is an exciting and rewarding experience for individual students to study and immerse themselves more deeply in another culture. Students often choose to live with host families, fully engaging themselves in the language, traditions, and daily lives of the people in the community.


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You can apply for longer study abroad options at our partner institutions in Mexico, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Germany, Northern Ireland, France,

Spain, and England, or where other U.S.-accredited programs are available. Longer study abroad options give you an opportunity during academic breaks to travel and explore more extensively than in the short-term study abroad courses. Cross-cultural internships provide you with opportunities to broaden your career potential through work with international service organizations. Using the models of non-governmental organizations and Peace Corps service preparation, students work closely with academic advisors to prepare themselves for service in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or elsewhere after graduation. These experiences are typically enhanced through learning in study abroad courses, other academic semester abroad programs, and senior capstone courses and research projects. The College has a long history with the Peace Corps and other organizations for teaching and serving abroad. Cambodia


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Sample Study Abroad Courses

Partnerships and Affiliations

Brazil: Culture in Northern Brazil China: Continuity and Change – Exploring Urban and Rural Worlds

China: Liaocheng University

Costa Rica: Eco-Social Lifeways England: Theatre History and Appreciation in London France: The Bohemian Art World Germany: From Brothers Grimm to Contemporary Berlin

^ Sunset on the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya by Autumn Stinson, International Photo Contest winner. Autumn spent the summer in Kenya volunteering with the Alice Visionary Foundation Project, an organization that seeks to help orphans and those impacted by AIDS.

Ghana: Culture, Globalization, and Development Greece: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in Ancient Greece Ireland: Traditional Music and Ancient Megaliths Italy: Art in Tuscany Malta: Shedding Light on Malta – An Insider’s View Mexico: Field Study in Oaxaca New Zealand: Sustainable Travel and Outdoor Education Nicaragua: ¿Viva la Revolucion? Scandanavia: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Scotland: Outward Bound in the Highlands

England: Semester in London France: Université Catholique de l’Ouest Germany: University of Trier-Birkenfeld Environmental Campus Japan: Kansai Gaidai University Korea: Hannam University Mexico: Universidad Popular Autóma del Estado del Puebla Northern Ireland: Queen’s University   Belfast and University of Ulster Spain: Universidad de Granada Thailand: Payap University

“Being an Irish exchange student, I have found my experiences to far exceed my expectations and ultimately change my life for the better. This learning has been my air, and work, my water. It is not until you go beyond what is familiar, to a new country with new cultures, that you are able to truly appreciate your home.” Shane McLaughlin, exchange student from Queen’s University, Northern Ireland

Spain: Language and Landscapes of Andalucia Thailand: Social Changes and Inequalities United Kingdom: Ecological Agriculture in Policy and Practice Vietnam: The Crossroads of Asian Identities and Development


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One of the Greenest Colleges in the Country nvironmental responsibility is second nature at Warren Wilson. Surrounded by forests, farm, and mountains, the College integrates its environmental ethos into every aspect of campus life. Agricultural training was the first form of environmental education at the College. Today, you can look anywhere in the campus community and discover recycling, energy conservation, and other green practices. Faculty and students developed land-use plans as early as 1980 to protect natural species and conserve energy. The College Garden, in production for over 25 years, uses organic practices. The recycling program, which began over 30 years ago when students wrote a proposal for a center, was the first recycling site in the county. The award-winning College Farm, certified River-Friendly, has followed environmental best practices for decades. And more than 30% of the buildings in core campus are LEED-certified.


“The way to a truly sustainable future is not black and white—it’s shades of green and grey. We must come to terms with the desire to fit people and organizations into boxes labeled “friends” and “enemies” of the environment. Our goal is a study of compromises and small steps; ignoring what we find distasteful will not get us there.”

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Noah Wilson, Integrative Studies major, White Plains, NY

• Sierra Club’s magazine named Warren Wilson College #4 in the nation for sustainable practices that “fight against global warming” These commitments to environmental responsibility and sustainability are so integral that Warren Wilson students practice these principles no matter what their major. Whether harvesting pesticide-free grain on the Farm Crew, using soy-based inks on the College Press Crew, participating in river clean-ups, or weatherizing homes through service, students engage with these commitments through daily acts of citizenship shaped by the Triad.

Environmental responsibility is critical to the College’s commitment to sustainability. Along with a pledge to community wellbeing and sound economic practices, it is one of the three tenets that form our pledge of institutional responsibility. • The National Wildlife Federation recognized our recycling program as “tops” in the nation

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Green Buildings The College’s commitments to environmental responsibility and sustainability extend to Warren Wilson’s campus buildings. • The Orr Cottage utilized local stone

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administration building received green building retrofits that included geothermal heating and cooling systems, building envelop energy efficiency upgrades such as high performance insulation and windows, improved air quality and ventilation, and high efficiency lighting.

preheating, photovoltaic/fuel cell technology, and gray water recycling.

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• The two Village Residence Halls are LEED-Gold certified – the first dorms in North Carolina to receive this distinction. They utilize energy-efficient features and renewable materials including maximized window shading, radiant floor heating, and a stormwater wetlands retention pond.

• “We acknowledge that a complex web of economic, social, cultural, spiritual and environmental factors determine the well-being of our community. • We recognize our power as individuals, and in community, to influence these complex, interdependent relationships. • We strive to make responsible decisions that take into account the multiple dimensions of sustainability in order to ensure quality of life now and for generations to come.”

Sustainability Commitment Statement

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Community & Campus Life


he College’s Triad education program creates a natural connection between students, faculty, and staff, allowing community members to get to know each other in a variety of contexts and broadening everyone’s perspective. Your classmate from Jazz Appreciation may serve your dinner; your professor may be shoveling dirt alongside you on Work Day.

abound for expressing your viewpoint, particularly through the Student Caucus and community meetings.

Together, we form a tight-knit community. Ninety percent of our students live on campus, along with about a third of our faculty and staff. It’s just part of the regular campus routine to see a work crew supervisor walking her dog in the evening, or to be invited to a potluck dinner at a faculty member’s home.

You can spend Friday night savoring pizza from the Baking Crew’s outdoor oven at Sage Café while listening to live music or a poetry slam. Weekends might include adventure rafting, belly dancing classes, or catching up on some well-deserved rest. Sundays usually mean study time, but those who need a break can play pick-up Ultimate, join the Kirtan Circle, or catch up with friends at the Food Not Bombs! meeting.

Each student has the opportunity to shape campus life and college policies. Forums

Warren Wilson Community Commitment We at Warren Wilson College embrace the Triad of Academics, Work, and Service. By choosing to live in this unique college that values community, social justice, and the environment, we commit to: • Cultivate integrity, holding ourselves and others accountable.   • Accept responsibility for our words, behaviors, and their impacts.   • Respect ourselves, others, and our surroundings.   • Engage in honest and constructive communication, even in the face of differing opinions.   • Sustain healthy balance within our personal and communal lives.  

Understanding that many participants have come before and many more will come after, we protect and nurture our social, academic and ecological community by holding ourselves to these commitments today.


The wide range of clubs and organizations, theatre productions, student and faculty readings, and guest speakers reflects the richness and diversity of life on campus. There really is something for everyone.

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Campus Clubs and Organizations • Jewish Student Association • Chorale • Student Caucus • GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Trans, and Questioning) • WWC Jazz Ensemble • Emmaus (Christian group) • BE (Buddhist group) • RISE Project (Resistance, Intervention, Safety & Empowerment) • Quaker Meeting • Film Society • Fire Legion • Step Team • Empower • Slam Poetry Collective • Physics Club • Martial Arts Club • Dance Collective • Food Not Bombs • Archery Club • Hula Hoop Jam • Crochet Collective • Acrobatics • Aerials • Dancers/Belly Dancers • Eco-feminist Collective • Language Exchange Club • People’s Performance Troupe • Spectrum (LGBTQIA club) • Gender Discussion Group • Water Aerobics

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“The best part of Warren Wilson College is community. We don’t have hired help come in and mop floors for us—everybody does their part. There’s a respect here, and not just among students. I worked for the registrar for the past three semesters. Although I don’t work there now, I still swing by to visit every week. When I go for a run, I’ll pass a group of little kids playing, professors walking home, or other students, and they all say, ‘Hey, Kate.’ I love that.”

Chemistry major, Warren, PA

• Weekly concerts in Sage Cafe • Open mics • Work crew parade • Dance parties • Community meetings • Spanish, French, and Biology movie nights • Art faculty exhibition • Service-learning presentations • Campus work crew job fair • International Women’s Day celebration • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Triad Day • Music faculty recital • Poetry slams • Jazz Ensemble concert

• Annual holiday formal • Multicultural dinner • Appalachian Music Nights • Spring Arts Festival • Circus • Spelling Bee • Drag Show • Old Time jams • Blacksmithing after hours • Putting Passion to Practice – career luncheon series • Empty Bowls: hunger and homeless awareness event • Student Dance Showcase • Constitution Day

Recent Theatre Productions • 9 to 5, The Musical • The Swannanoa Riverplay (original) • The 39 Steps • The Cherry Orchard • Women Beware Women • Cloud Nine • Euripides’ the Bacchae • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum • Shakespeare’s A Winter Tale • How I Learned to Drive • The Glass Menagerie • Thom Paine, Based on Nothing • Baby with the Bathwater • You Can’t Take it with You • Peter Pan • The Threepenny Opera • The Tempest • The Heiress • Vagina Monologues

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Personal Development

Gladfelter Cafeteria Cow Pie Vegan Café Sage Café Sunderland Café

Bryson Gym/Old Farmer’s Ball contra dance Holden Visual Arts Center & Gallery Kittredge Amphitheater, Theatre & Music Center Morris’ Community Pavilion Sage Café open mics Lunchtime jam sessions Circus Drag Show

Bannerman Technology Center Career Resource Center College Farm College Garden Community Bike Shop Free Store Gladfelter Student Center Pew Learning Center & Ellison Library Student Caucus Recycling Center Student Health & Counseling Center Writing Center

College Chapel Meditation Hut Labyrinth 25 Miles of Hiking Trails Gardens, swings, and plenty of trees Weight Room

Warren Wilson eateries feature organic produce from the College Garden. Grassfinished, hormonefree beef is raised on the College Farm. All eateries take part in the campus-wide recycling and composting program and the nationwide Real Food Challenge.


At Warren Wilson, the arts are open to participation by all students and members of the community.

Members of our College community come from around the world and represent many faiths. Students are welcome to attend the College Chapel in the same way that they are invited to every other on-campus celebration of faith, such as Shabbat gatherings, interfaith evenings, and Buddhist meditations.

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The Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and The Swannanoa Gathering Poets & Writers Magazine ranks our low-residency MFA Program number one in the nation, and The Atlantic ranks it as one of the top five in the country.


“The worst part about the Gathering is that there are only 24 hours in the day and 3 of them are wasted sleeping!”




arren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, the nation’s first low-residency program, has been associated with the College since 1981.  This nationally-acclaimed two-year graduate program, consistently recognized by Atlantic Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, and Poets & Writers as one of the top five low-residency creative writing programs in the country, begins its semester each January and July with an intensive ten-day residency on the Warren Wilson campus. During the residency, each student designs a five-month semester project with his or her faculty supervisor.  Grounded in core values of community, rigor, and diversity, this four-semester

graduate program offers a close, sustained apprenticeship with masters in the field. The MFA faculty include some of the nation’s most accomplished and highly-lauded writers and teachers--among them, US and state poets laureate, recipients of Guggenheim, Fulbright, and MacArthur Fellowships, winners of National Book Awards and Pulitzers.  Program alumni have published over 600 books and have won scores of major prizes and fellowships.  In addition, Warren Wilson undergraduates have the opportunity to interact each year with a visiting member of the MFA faculty who returns to serve as writer-in-residence. 


very summer, the sounds of fiddles, flutes, banjos, guitars, and dulcimers fill the air as The Swannanoa Gathering transforms the campus into a magical, musical village. Folk musicians and dance lovers from around the world travel to our mountain valley to attend one of seven week-long programs held over a five-week period in July and August. Each program offers a variety of workshops celebrating a particular style of music or dance, including Celtic and Old-Time Weeks, Guitar, Fiddle and Dulcimer Weeks, Traditional Song Week, and Contemporary Folk Week.

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Festivals & Community Events

Swannanoa Valley & Nearby Asheville a rren Wilson’s location boasts the best of two worlds, making it the setting of a truly exceptional college experience. The College is situated in a nature lover’s and outdoor adventurer’s wonderland. Our 1,100 acres of forests, 25 miles of trails, and the Swannanoa River connect to thousands of acres of mountain forest, streams, and national parks. Set within the green peaks and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our area extreme sports enthusiasts are satisfied with some of the nation’s best paddling, climbing, mountain biking, trail riding, fishing, skiing, and hiking. Did we mention that the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail are only a few minutes’ drive from the campus?

ActionFest Film Festival Asheville Drum Circle Asheville Film Festival Asheville Fringe Festival Asheville Greek Festival Asheville Tourists Baseball Bele Chere Street Festival Biltmore Estate Summer Evening Concert Series City Center Arts Walk Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Downtown After Five Music Block Parties Goombay African & Caribbean Festival Lake Eden Arts Festival Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival Moogfest Mountain Dance & Folk Festival NC Mountain State Fair Shindig on the Green Bluegrass Celebrations

Performance Venues Asheville Civic Center Diane Wortham Theatre Emerald Lounge The Grey Eagle Jack of the Wood The Orange Peel Music & Social Aid Pleasure Club Stella Blue Town Pump

Students may ride the city buses free (and bring their bike or skateboard.)

Less than 15 minutes away is Asheville, a city that combines an eclectic, progressive attitude blended with a rich Appalachian tradition. In addition to hosting one of the best music scenes in the Southeast, Asheville is alive with a multitude of creative artists – filmmakers, painters, weavers, writers, and musicians drawn from around the world – and filled with restaurants, cafes, theatres, music venues, dancing clubs, bookstores, ballet, lyric opera, symphony concerts, thrift stores, fine art studios, and classic art deco architecture. Live comedy, drama, and music performances are produced year-round at local venues.

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n our campus, wellness is rooted in the Triad like a strong mountain pose. Through classes, service opportunities, work crews and campus life, we take an integrative approach to wellness with a range of opportunities to center the mind, body and spirit. Our innovative education and awareness programs, support and activities encourage a lifetime of health and wellness. Wellness staff and work crews are committed to your overall health and can help guide you in your wellness pursuits. By attending to your physical, emotional, and spiritual natures, you can forge a sustainable lifestyle that is essential for your success in college and beyond.

Wellness Activities • Herbalism • Acupuncture • Hula Hoop • Ecstatic Dance! • Kirtan Circle • Tribal belly dance • Kundalini Yoga • Sattva Flow Yoga • Yogananda meditation group • Extreme hugging with Ju Jitsu • Pilates • Morning meditation


• Weight training • Spin classes • Contra dancing • Salsa dancing • Sustainable cooking • Outdoor programs • Music • Nutrition education • Tai Chi • Healthy Minute clinics • Smoking cessation • Spiritual life practices

Athletics, Adventure Sports & Outdoor Programming 2013 National Champions in Basketball, Mountain Biking and Canoeing and Kayaking


n the pool, on the court, down a field, or on a bike, Warren Wilson students have received All-American awards and national team rankings. In addition to soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and an indoor pool at the DeVries Athletics Center, the campus features 25 miles of trails for hiking and running. Our fitness center combines cardio and free-weight equipment for training and physical therapy. At Warren Wilson, all students are encouraged to take part in Outdoor Programs. The director and work crew organize outdoor adventures and a variety of opportunities for those interested in open-air pursuits.

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Varsity Athletics Basketball Cross country Mountain biking Soccer Swimming

Club Sports & Intramurals 3 on 3 and 4 on 4 Basketball Dodgeball Doubles Table Tennis Fencing Indoor Soccer Rock climbing Rowing Step Team Timbersports Tennis Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Polo

Outdoor Programs Adventure racing Backpacking Bouldering Canoeing

Caving Day hiking Horseback riding Kayaking Kayak roll practice Mountain biking Rock climbing Skiing & snowboarding Surfing Triathlon Trail running

Sample of Weekly Adventures Beginner paddling on the Tuckaseegee River Bouldering at Rumbling Bald Climbing Night at Climbmax Kayak roll practice at the pool Slacklining at the Alpine Tower Swiftwater rescue course Whitewater rafting on the French Broad River Wilderness First Responder certification Hang-gliding trip to Chattanooga Zorbing in Tennessee Paintball Disc Golf at Richmond Hill

Athletic Facilities Aquatics Center DeVries Gymnasium Gossman/Cannon Climbing Tower Tennis courts Fitness trail with cross-training features

Conference Affiliations Warren Wilson students compete within the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The WWC Cycling Team participates in Division II of the Southeastern Conference of the National Off-Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) and USA Cycling, the sport’s National and Olympic governing body, and the American Canoe Association. www. war r en -wilson . ed u 21

Environmental Leadership Center Education and Responsibility


“My academic pursuits, my growth as a citizen and my career ambitions have all been profoundly changed by my internship experience.”

Silvia LaPorta, Cornwall Bridge CT, intern for The Nature Conservancy

“The Great Smoky Mountains was my backyard for a whole summer.” Eric Zimdars, Athens, GA, intern for Discover Life in America, which has discovered 923 species new to science and 7,636 new to the park.

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he Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) of Warren Wilson College innovates, energizes, and focuses the College’s commitment to create a more sustainable, just and resilient community. The ELC offers an array of on-campus and off-campus programs providing students, faculty and staff opportunities to work at the nexus of the Triad—academics, work, service—and the College’s missioncentered commitments to environmental responsibility and cultural awareness. The ELC immerses Warren Wilson students in the real work of sustainability leaders

such as weatherizing the homes of lower income residents, recording environmental broadcasts for public radio, working as interns at leading local and national organizations, monitoring the College’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, and teaching environmental education in local elementary schools. Through meaningful engagement, students are challenged to identify complex problems and find solutions that address root causes. The ELC helps students form lifelong commitments to engaged citizenship rooted in the principles of sustainability, justice and resilience.

The ELC Educates and Inspires Action EcoTeam environmental education program ELC Internship Program WWC Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Partnership Campus Greening Seed Grants Speakers for Sustainability The Green Walkabout© Global Exchange for Sustainability Program


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“The knowledge I gained in aquatic ecology has already helped me with my studies this semester. I have a better understanding for upper management within a small company, and I now have great experience working with a state park.� Stephanie Williams, Birmingham, AL, intern for The North Carolina Coastal Federation

ELC Internship Program Partners The Asheville Institute, NC Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, NC Black Mountain Community Garden, NC City of Asheville, NC CooperRiis Healing Farm Community, NC Dogwood Alliance, NC French Broad Riverkeeper, NC Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, GA Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremond, TN Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN/NC Just Economics, NC National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Project, ME National Climatic Data Center, NC The Nature Conservancy, NC and NY North Carolina Coastal Federation, NC Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, ME Tom Yawkey Wildlife Preserve, SC Western NC Alliance, NC Wild South, NC The Wilderness Society, NC

Kesari Fleury, Austin, TX, intern for the City of Asheville Sustainability Office www. war r en -wilson . ed u 23

Over the past 15 years, Warren Wilson students have won more NC Academy of Science awards for their research papers than students at any other institution in the state.

Internships, Research, & Real Applications  ajor part of any Warren Wilson m student career is the experience through undergraduate research projects, internships, work crews, and service-learning experiences. Through faculty-assisted research projects, students build a foundation for entering graduate school, advanced degree programs, and meaningful careers. • Global studies majors participate in a senior capstone seminar, writing a thesis that synthesizes and reflects upon their combination of coursework and offcampus or cross-cultural experiences. • Sociology and anthropology students develop their own research topic, collect and analyze data, and present their findings to the college community through a social sciences research symposium. • All biology, chemistry, environmental studies, and mathematics majors must complete a significant research project– the Natural Science Seminar.

• Archaeology students participate in excavations at the on-campus Warren Wilson dig, an archaeological site that contains evidence of Native American camps and villages dating from 5000 B.C. to around A.D. 1400. Participants in the summer archaeology field school work off-campus at the Berry site, a sixteenthcentury Catawba Indian village and the location of Fort San Juan, constructed by Spanish soldiers in A.D. 1567. • History and political science majors produce a senior history seminar capstone project – a thesis relying on primary source documents, with a focus on local history, the College, or the Asheville area. • Social work majors all must complete a 496-hour field internship accompanied by a seminar in which they apply classroom learning in a social services agency. • Psychology majors choose from an independent study, an advanced research seminar, or a directed internship. Their research findings are presented at the

Carolinas Undergraduate Psychology Conference. • Outdoor leadership majors complete a field internship preceded by a preparation seminar, in which students articulate their personal and professional goals and identify a project to be undertaken at the internship site. Students prepare a written evaluation and make a public presentation from their work. • Theatre/English majors are deeply involved with all aspects theatre production and management at Warren Wilson Theatre; they also contribute valuable service to Asheville’s professional theatre, North Carolina Stage Company, and to other local theatre venues. • Art majors develop a digital portfolio, then create, explore, and research a cohesive body of art culminating in an exhibition in Holden Art Gallery.

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U.S. News and World Report ranked Warren Wilson among the top 10 in Internships. Researching with NASA the effects of environmental pollutants on alligator’s reproductive health in Cape Canaveral, FL. 24 IN TERNSHI PS & RESEAR C H

Collecting tardigrades in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Directed Student Research & Internships A sampling of student research projects and internships Social Sciences

• Council on Aging of Buncombe County

• Broomsticks and Cauldrons: The Representation of Gender Roles in the Harry Potter Series • Consuming Culture: How Southern Restaurants Preserve Authenticity and Personify Southern Hospitality • Tights in Flight: A Quantitative Deconstruction of Super-Masculinity in American Comic Books • Pansies and Sissies and Dykes, Oh My!: An Analysis of Queer Individuals and Same-Sex Relationships in Film

• Asheville VA Medical Center

Global Studies • Growing Health: Using Sustainable Agriculture to Fight the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Malawi

Kathleen Sebelius (left), U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, chats with Nora Purcell ‘909 (middle). Nora discovered a passion for tracking how diseases spread during an internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC hired Purcell upon graduation as a geographer mapping and analyzing public health developments and she joined a team of more than 300 CDC sceientists in Haiti, working to help the country rebuild its health services infrasctucture after the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic. Warren Wilson has sent half a dozen students to the CDC for internships in the past 15 years.


“Warren Wilson students tend to be very popular there, and I think that’s because we teach critical thinking very well here. When our students are thrown into situations that call for multiple disciplines, which public health does, they do really well. The liberal arts teach them to think broadly and quickly about the systems they’re working on.”

English • “How Hideous a Thing Would be Its Enjoyment”: The Theme of Religious Sacrifice in Literary Dystopias • The Obvious, the Silly, and the True: George Orwell and the Ethics of Art • To Become a Man: The Crisis of Identity in Hamlet • Evangelical Anglicanism and War in the Poetry of Wilfred Owen

Natural Sciences

• Machisimo, Homophobia, and the Changing Attitudes toward Homosexuality in Latin America

• Native Grass Restoration Project: Survival Rate and Percent Cover of Warm Season Grasses after the First Growing Season

• China’s Pending Water Crisis: A Case Study of Shandong Province

• Serum Mineral Levels in Piglets on the Warren Wilson College Farm

• “When Two Elephants Fight, the Grass Always Suffers”: Formerly Abducted Child Soldiers and the Need for Their Rehabilitation in Northern Uganda

• Water Quality Assessment of the Swannanoa River Using Macro Invertebrates

Social Work • Affordable Housing Coalition

• Herbicidal Effects of Ailanthus altissima on Native and Non-Native Invasive Plants

• Mountain Area Child and Family Center Early Head Start program

• Recovery of Polypropylene from Plastic Waste by Pyrolysis

• Eliada Homes for children and adolescents

• Computational Modeling of Photochemical Smog

• Women at Risk Prison Program

• Antiviral Effects of 13 Botanical Essential Oils on Three Phases of E.coli

The Catawba town of Joara, which was visited by the Hernando de Soto expedition in 1540

John Brock, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies, who is currently working with the CDC on the relationship between health and climate change.

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Alumni Continuing the Journey arren Wilson graduates are engaged in meaningful work around the world. They work for NASA, National Public Radio, the Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They serve as environmental health and safety coordinators, assistant district attorneys, prenatal physicians, marine scientists, midwives, grant writers, and elephant behaviorists. They are deans, department heads, vice-chancellors, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities. They are physicians, veterinarians, and research scientists, as well as attorneys, social workers, musicians, artists, authors, and entrepreneurs. They follow their passions and start their own businesses.

Areas of Employment:

Photojournalist Katie Falkenberg ’03 covered the reopening of the Red Mosque in Pakistan after the siege and stand-off between militants and the Pakistani military.

n social/human resources: 18% n environmental conservation or architecture/forestry: 15% n recreation service/adventure or experiential education: 10% n biological research/veterinary science: 10% n education/higher education: 10% n business: communications/marketing/ public relations/advertising/finance: 7% n medical services/health: 5% n visual and performing arts: 5% n agriculture: 5% n social sciences/research: 4% n law and public policy: 4% n other: hospitality or ministry services, trade: 5%, computer science: 2%

65% of our graduates enter professional or graduate degree programs. Peace Corps


Environmental Scientist

Doctor and Nonprofit Founder

Artist and Professor

Wildlife Biologist

Best-Selling Teacher in Alaska Author

In Their Own Words “WWC is a rare place where education is actually a part of everything that is done in the classroom, the work force, and in the social interactions. All the jobs were valuable. I learned the value of team work, completion of a job, working independently when necessary, following instructions and respect for leaders in charge.”

“Warren Wilson is where my academic, work, and sense of personal mission came together and finally began to make sense. I always cite the social responsibility influence of Warren Wilson College. It was really where I discovered that I had a desire to work with people in a helper role.” ’83 sociology graduate, special education teacher

’68 education/English graduate, entrepreneur

“The ability to learn how to manage a crew of people has been the biggest influence on my careers after WWC. Also the freedom and empowering nature of student leadership taught me to reach well beyond my comfort level in new jobs. WWC taught me how to work – and the value of being a team player. This is something I find is very much lacking in candidates that I interview, and when I see it, it is such a breath of fresh air!” ’91 mathematics graduate, human resources director

“I draw on the lessons learned during my time at WWC almost everyday. When I am engaged by citizens while doing public education field-work I always feel strength in the sense of community that I espoused at WWC because I know that the information I am sharing and the passion with which I communicate it can make a positive impact in someone else’s contribution to the common good.” ’01 history/political science graduate, storm water technician

Career Services Career Services helps students and alumni use the knowledge, skills, and experience they’ve gained at Warren Wilson College to pursue their goals for meaningful work, advanced study, or voluntary service. The Career Services staff is introduced to students early in their first year and they collaborate with faculty members, alumni, and work and service supervisors to offer guidance in discerning skills, clarifying

“I guess the dream got planted my sophomore year, while weeding with my crew mate. Her parents asked her what she was doing with herself in front of me, and she said, ‘We’re starting a business.’ There was a need to use native plants. I realized how valuable they were beyond aesthetics. There was an opportunity to succeed in something that fed my passions. It’s become priceless. I have the confidence to pursue a dream I never would have had.” ‘09 environmental studies graduate & ‘08 biology graduate, owners of Growing Native Nursery, Asheville

“The Army may sound like a step in a different direction, but the communication skills and the leadership experience I gained at the College translates directly. Everything I’ve done at Wilson has aided me in my training with the army.” He plans to get his masters while in the army and afterwards go on for his PhD in English. ‘10 Theatre/English graduate, 2nd Lieutenant US Army

98% of our alumni feel satisfied and prepared for the meaningful careers they are pursuing.

Attorney for the US Humane Society

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African-Inspired Rhythym Band, Toubab Krewe

goals, and researching educational or professional pursuits. This ensures that a robust network of internship, employment and educational opportunities is provided during a student’s time here and as graduates, many choose to become mentors of current students.

Support for:

Programs and resources include:

Choosing a major


Life and work planning

Workshops on all aspects of the job and

Seeking and researching internships and employment opportunities Deciding on and applying to graduate schools Selecting and implementing job search and networking strategies Writing resumes, cover letters, and personal statements

graduate/professional school processes Mock Interviews Interest and Personality Assessment Tools Courses: Me, Myself and My Major Me, Myself and My Future Alumni Panels Shadowing Experiences Employer Information Sessions

Preparing for interviews

2010 Woman of the Year Katie Spotz ‘08 set a world record as the youngest person to row across the ocean solo while increasing awareness and raising money for safe drinking water worldwide.

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The Word on WWC The New York Times Sunday Magazine When Your Dorm Goes Green and Local “Thoreau said education often made straight-cut ditches out of meandering brooks. But not at the EcoDorm, which houses 36 undergraduates and is the spiritual heart of Warren Wilson College, a liberal-arts school of fewer than 1,000 students…. In recent years, colleges like Warren Wilson took a leading role in the sustainability movement.”

Newsweek “Finding the Right College for You” Environmentalists Who Need to Get Their Hands Dirty “Every student works, in a way most American undergraduates are not accustomed to. ‘Students enroll in the college knowing that they will work 15 hours per week in campus jobs ranging from plumbing to landscaping to forestry, as well as at least 25 communityservice hours a year,’ says spokesman Ben Anderson. For reasons not entirely clear—maybe hitting the books seems a pleasant respite after three hours pitching manure—the Warren Wilson Triad of work, academics, and service produces first-class scholars ready for graduate school. Social conscience and environmentalism are strong among

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the 1,000 students, but they also learn how to handle themselves on a working farm.” Newsweek has selected Warren Wilson as No. 3 on its nationwide list of “Most Service-Oriented” colleges and universities.

Washington Monthly Warren Wilson is ranked among the magazine’s Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges nationwide.

The Boston Globe NC College Reaches Out to Searchers “For all its apparent emphasis on its mountain region …students participate in a trip abroad at the end of their junior year. But the one thing that sets Warren Wilson College apart from the small colleges it might seem to resemble is the 15-hours-a-week of work required of all students—work which does not mean the usual run of campus jobs. …A day spent wandering around the campus and talking to student workers reveals a sense of pride in something more tangible than an academic accomplishment.”

Southern Living Lessons From the Land “One of the best small colleges in the country, this institution blends hard work and community service into education.”

The New York Times Student Workers Learn a Respect for Age-Old Trades “The annual tuition, room and board at Warren Wilson (after student salaries) costs half as much as at some other private colleges. Warren Wilson, with an endowment of $41 million, saves as well, because everyone is paid the same. …When Kari Christian, a freshman from the Upper West Side of Manhattan who collects garbage on campus, returned home for Christmas break, she said she looked for the sanitation workers on her block to give them cookies. ‘I tell my friends at home I’m a garbage man, and they just sort of laugh,’ Ms. Christian said.”

USA Today At This School, Work Is Par for the Course The college has “a philosophy that the experience of work can add up to more than a line on the resume or a way to pay for college. That also is reflected in Warren Wilson’s 35-year-old requirement that students perform community service, the third piece of a ‘triad’ design blending academics, work and service. …Students have a hand in pretty much everything, whether baking bread, cleaning carpets or fixing computers … ‘Because of the work, students take a real interest in

the campus,’ [President Emeritus Doug Orr] says. ‘The most deadening thing in education is apathy. That’s not a major problem at Warren Wilson.’ ”

The Los Angeles Times Up-Town, Down-Home Appalachia “I headed out to Swannanoa, a mountainside community just east of Asheville, to catch a contra dance. There, shortly before 10 p.m. in the auditorium of Warren Wilson College, a liberal arts school with about 900 students, I found an evening in full swing: scores of young and old dancers arranged in lines, then in rectangles, then in lines again, skirts (and the occasional kilt) swirling, the wood floor resounding with footfalls, quilts dangling from the ceiling like championship banners from bygone seasons. …Many of the dancers were students at the college, but many others were in their 30s, 40s and 50s. They wore gingham dresses, dreadlocks, Levis, leotards, Marlon Brando-style T-shirts, the inevitable “Visualize Whirled Peas” T-shirt, knee pads, sneakers, bare feet, bright green slacks and wide grins … creeping from the auditorium around midnight, I ran into a moon so bright and nearly full that I could make out the mountain silhouettes across the valley. And from the nearer fields, I could see the mist rising.”

George Gallup III

Making a Difference College Guide

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“A school where students get a holistic education of academics, work, and service.”

“Warren Wilson College is what American education should be in the future.”

James B. Hunt, Jr. Governor of North Carolina 1976-1984 and 1992-2000 “Warren Wilson College is one of the finest colleges in America, and I believed that even before I knew there was a Dean of Work!”

William C. Friday President, The University of North Carolina System, 1956-1986 “Warren Wilson is a real success story in American Higher Education.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 Selected Warren Wilson as one of the nation’s 20 “Best Buys of 2012” among private colleges. Warren Wilson is one of only two independent institutions in North Carolina to receive this recognition. The Guide notes “Success at Warren Wilson is measured not only by grades, but by community service and a sense of stewardship … [The College] promotes global perspectives, puts students to work and makes sevice a central part of the educational experience.”

Blue Ridge Outdoors Southeast’s “Greenest College.”

Peterson’s Guide “One of a group that is ‘leading the way’ in environmental education.”

National Wildlife Federation “One of only 24 U.S. schools with students, staff, and communities working for a sustainable future and named a leadership school in the NWF’s National Report Card on Environmental Performance and Sustainability in Higher Education.”

Julian Keniry Manager, Campus Ecology Program, National Wildlife Federation “We at the National Wildlife Federation already knew that Warren Wilson is a model of true caring about environmental and conservation issues and that the college has sustained and improved its performance in these areas over many years. Our independent survey of 891 schools only confirms Warren Wilson’s position as a leading school in several areas, in particular for supporting and evaluating faculty on environmental

issues, for setting environmental goals and establishing policies, for employing environmental administrators and coordinators, and for recycling and reducing waste.”

Time “One of the 20 most beautiful campuses in the country.”

Outside Magazine Warren Wilson is No. 7 in “Outside University: The Top 25 Colleges for Outside Magazine Readers.”

Mother Jones Mini College Guide One of “10 cool schools that will blow your mind, not your budget.”

Sierra Magazine Warren Wilson College is again one of Sierra magazine’s 20 “Coolest Schools” – colleges and universities recognized for helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably. Warren Wilson has been among the “Coolest Schools” each year since the list’s inception in 2007. The school also is one of only two colleges in this year’s top 20; the rest are universities.

Warren Wilson Again Named to The Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll Warren Wilson is among 21 colleges and universities nationwide to be included on The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green Rating Honor Roll. The College received the review’s highest possible green rating of 99.

Barron’s Best Buys in College Education “Warren Wilson provides an atmosphere that inspires individuals to try things they never did before and supports them during the process.”

Discounts and Deals at the Nation’s 360 Best Colleges “In the supermarket of higher education, look for Warren Wilson in the all-natural aisle. Warren Wilson is firmly committed to both the study and stewardship of the environment.”

The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges “In spite of the small size, Warren Wilson has an attractive mix of education, work, and community service, all on a beautiful campus.”

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Who Should Apply? • Those who seek an academic challenge • Those who embrace service as an integral part of their lives • Those who are open to personal and social transformation • Those dedicated to environmental stewardship and sustainability • Engaged thinkers and self-starters • Global travelers • Hard workers • Compassionate citizens • Open-minded individuals • Those who desire a dynamic education in a one-of-a-kind community

Who Gets Accepted? • Students with a strong and successful college preparatory curriculum • Those who know how to study hard, work hard, and serve well • Thinkers, doers, and dreamers • Imaginative and creative students • Those who will contribute positively to the College

Important Dates September 30 Application deadline for spring semester November 15 Early Decision application deadline for fall December 20 Early Decision deposit deadline for fall (binding) January 31 Regular Decision application deadline for fall (First Year Students) March 15 Regular Decision application deadline for fall (Transfer Students) May 1 Regular Decision deposit deadline

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Admission Information

There is no fee to apply. or the Common Application

The Admission Process

Transfer Applicant Procedures

Early Decision


Admission to Warren Wilson College is a selective process based on the academic qualifications and the applicant’s potential. All available information is considered, including previous academic records, evidence of academic and social maturity, extracurricular activities, community service, SAT or ACT scores, essays, interviews, references, recent grade trends, and general contributions to school and community. The criteria are designed to matriculate a balanced student body with high standards of scholarship, personal integrity, and a desire to support the mission of the College.

Transfer students should have completed a college preparatory curriculum in high school, but successful completion of college-level classes will be given more weight than high school. Transfer students must be eligible to return to their most recently attended college, be in good standing, and hold or have obtained a cumulative GPA above 3.0. (Courses with D grades are not accepted for transfer credit but are calculated into your GPA.)

If you are certain that Warren Wilson is the right place for you, you should consider applying for Early Decision. Applying for Early Decision is binding. Applications are due November 15.

The College awards a number of scholarships that recognize achievements in several areas. There may be essays and other materials required for consideraiton whichmust be received by March 15. You may apply for these once you have been accepted by using your applicationlongin and password.

First-Year Applicant Procedures The College requires that admitted students possess a high school diploma and successfully complete a college preparatory curriculum, including the following minimum classes: four years of English, three years of social science, two years of laboratory science, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Languages, AP, IB, and dual-enrollment courses are strongly considered.

First-Year applicants must submit the following by January 31: ❏ The WWC online application or the Common Application ❏ Two application essays ❏ An official high school transcript ❏ SAT and/or ACT test scores (SAT Code: 5886 / ACT Code: 3170) ❏ High school counselor recommendation (The Evaluation Report Form when ❏ using the WWC application or the School Report Form when using the Common Application) ❏ Two teacher recommendations are preferred

Transfer applicants must submit the following by March 15: ❏ The WWC online application or the Common Application ❏ Two application essays ❏ An official high school transcript and official transcripts from all colleges attended ❏ SAT or ACT test scores (if transferring less than 28 credits) ❏ Registrar’s recommendation from the college most recently attended. (The Evaluation Report Form when using the WWC application or the Registrar’s Report Form when using the Common Application) ❏ Statement of reasons for transferring

How and when to commit to Warren Wilson: Regular Decision If you are accepted and decide to enroll at the College, we must receive your $300 non-refundable deposit in our office by May 1. Please be aware that any deposits received after May 1 are subject to space availability and do not guarantee a position in the class.

Financial Aid Warren Wilson College strives to make it possible for people of all economic backgrounds to attend the College. The financial aid award may include grants, scholarships, and loans to provide support. The Work Program Compensation of $3,480 per year is a part of every student’s award. When you apply for financial aid, we consider you for all types of aid, including federal, state, and institutional sources. To apply, you should begin the process as soon after January 1 as possible. If financial aid will be a critical part of your decision to attend Warren Wilson, we urge you to submit all financial aid documents by March 1 so that you can meet the May 1 deposit deadline. You must be accepted for admission to be reviewed for financial aid and scholarships.

In an effort to reduce waste, we no longer have paper applications.

To apply for admission:

To Apply for Aid 1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at (Warren Wilson College’s code is: 002979 - Asheville, NC) 2. Complete and send the Warren Wilson College Financial Aid Application to the financial aid office. The form may be printed from our website.

first year student profile SAT Average, VCR: 600 SAT Average, Math: 560 ACT Average: 25 Average High School GPA: 3.48 Percent from North Carolina: 19%

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Learning That Lasts arren Wilson evolved from simple

roots. The College was founded as the Asheville Farm School in 1894 by the Presbyterian Church to provide education for young men in the Southern Appalachians. It was first a vocational school, then merged with Dorland-Bell School, grew into a junior college, and then became a four-year liberal arts college in 1967 and added the MFA Program in 1981.

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Always a leader in social and environmental justice, the College was the first to desegregate in the South back in 1952, the first to begin a county-wide recycling program in 1981, and the first to build a LEED Platinum dormitory in the nation. For over a century, the Warren Wilson College community has celebrated diversity in national and geographic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, race, and religion.

“I’m lured to Warren Wilson College because of many things: the Triad, the location, the classes, the pigs, the kindness of the staff and students. I have found in my visit to the College a respect for life that coincides with my own. Very simply, I felt at home there. I felt that I had found an environment that would allow me to grow, that would witness a portion of the continuous evolving of my life.”

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For more information about our inspiring history, check out Warren Wilson College in this documentary narrated by Faye Grant, Bill Pullman and Stephen Collins. Just go to

Mission Statement The mission of Warren Wilson College is to provide a distinctive undergraduate and graduate liberal arts education. Our undergraduate education combines

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Getting here: Our campus is an easy drive, located just a few miles from I-40 at Exit 55. The Asheville Regional Airport is 25 minutes away. Visit our website for directions.

and transfer students may choose to stay in a dorm with a host, or the charming St. Clair Guest House may be available for you and your family members. During the summer months and holidays these options may be limited.

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Watch our videos. Get to know our campus, our history and our people in these three online videos.

Apply for admission. In an effort to reduce paper waste, we no longer have paper applications. To apply for admission:

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Visit our campus. We are definitely not for everyone. Hands down, a visit is the best way to decide if we are right for you. While you are welcome on our campus anytime, the Admission Office is open M-F, from 8-5 and offers several tours a day with the option to attend classes and participate in service or activities. Seniors

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Gather information. Lurk about our website. Get to know your admission counselor. Call or email us. Look in your mailbox for more brochures and special invitations. And always, let us know if you need more or wish to be removed from our lists.

We also accept the Common Application.

There is no fee to apply!

Photo credits: Betsy Archer Barbara Blake Ariel Burns Emily Cathcart Sam Contis Melissa Ray David Morgan Davis David Dietrich FJ Gaylor Katie George Arlin Geyer Sea Giascondo Alex Guyton Andrew Kornylak Julia Lehr Blake Madden Bill Mosher Stacy Patton Benjamin Porter John Warner

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In the Swannanoa Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains An accredited, four-year, private liberal arts college

COSTS FOR 2013-14 Tuition and Fees Room and Board Total Cost Minus Work Compensation Tuition, Room, and Board Cost after work compensation

$29,540 $8,796 $38,336 $3,480 credit

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Office of Admission • PO Box 9000 Asheville, North Carolina 28815-9000 800-934-3536 • 828-771-2073 email:


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2013 Warren Wilson College Viewbook  
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Warren Wilson College provides a distinctive undergraduate and graduate liberal arts education. Our undergraduate education combines academi...