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Warren Wilson College

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About Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson is the country’s only liberal arts college with a national student body and integrated work and service programs. Through a blend of strong academics, work and service called the Triad, our students graduate not only with a rigorous liberal arts education, but also with skills such as problem-solving and team leadership that equip them for life. It’s an innovative approach to a well-rounded education that has stood the test of time.

The College has a compelling history. Founded in 1894 as the Asheville Farm School by Presbyterian missionaries to provide a basic education for boys from the Appalachian region, the school became a junior college in 1942 and a four-year liberal arts college in 1967. In 1981 the College added a graduate program, the acclaimed MFA Program for Writers, the nation’s first low-residency graduate program in creative writing.

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At Warren Wilson the aspirations are as lofty as the mountains framing the campus. They are shared goals grounded in the liberal arts and driven by an innovative learning Triad of academics, work and service. Here the pursuit of knowledge and the demands of labor merge on a path to serve a world seeking solutions. A campus so lush, with its abundant fields, forests and streams, cannot help but produce fertile minds committed to a liberal education that furthers the greater good. The lessons learned here prepare the inspired not only to make a living, but also to make a well-rounded life.

During a period in which some colleges have commodified higher education, Warren Wilson has traveled a different path. We don’t regard education as a product, or students as consumers; instead, we welcome our students as part of a learning community. We mix and remix students, faculty and staff in classes, on campus work crews and in service activities as part of our learning Triad. The benefits are incalculable.

Warren Wilson College is located in the Swannanoa Valley, ten miles east of downtown Asheville, and ten miles west of Black Mountain. Easily access to town (Nashville) by a quick 10-minute drive from Warren Wilson College.


New students are assigned to rooms based on available space and the information submitted on their Student Housing Questionnaire. Interest and lifestyles information is also used to match roommates. While every effort is made to honor preferences, no guarantees can be made. Continuing students have the option of staying in their room for the next year, or entering the room lottery to select a new room. Those who wish to stay in their current rooms have first preference; class seniority is then followed in selecting rooms.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 3 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 5


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