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Undergrad Profile

Academics + Work + Service = The difference for people who want to make a difference

A Warren Wilson education is for life—for life beyond college and for the lives of others. We believe in educating the whole person. And, in every sense, our students’ academic pursuits, work on campus, and service within their communities are meant to make an impact on the world. 

Whole other way of learning
Choose from over 45 areas of academic study, or design your own. With programs as varied as Outdoor Leadership and Africana Studies, academics at Warren Wilson are an opportunity to explore. No matter your choice, you’ll be challenged and inspired by our faculty and the opportunity to go deeper with service learning and independent research.

Learning at Warren Wilson extends to both on-campus work and service. Our students perform community-engaged research; that might mean analyzing air quality near a local power plant or facilitating challenge course activities for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries. By integrating academics with student work crews, our 1,100-acre campus becomes an extension of the classroom—like when our landscaping crew helped an environmental studies class construct wetlands for wildlife habitat and water treatment on campus. Applied learning. The greater good. Join us.

Whole other way of working
With the work program, you’ll earn $3,480 toward the cost of tuition each year. The payoff, however, is much bigger than that. Whether you’re an environmental studies major working on our forestry crew or a sociology major who’s always wanted to work in a vegan café, the Warren Wilson work program will broaden and deepen your understanding and experience. You’ll gain job skills like organization, communication, and accountability and have the opportunity to gain experiences in things like carpentry, gardening, customer service, 3-D design, and more. It’s safe to say you’ll graduate with a degree, plus a résumé.

Whole other way to serve
Engage with local and global communities on issues that matter to you. Whether you’re helping out on a river clean-up, stocking shelves at a food bank, or teaching kids about recycling, come experience the impact service can have on you and your community. Our students continue to engage in service during study abroad experiences, and with 60% of our students studying abroad at least once, we are doing so much more than just thinking global.

Last year 810 students completed over 52,000 hours of community service—hands-on learning while helping others.

Whole other way to be green
At Warren Wilson sustainability is more than a buzzword. We grow 20% of our food on campus, have the nation’s first LEED Platinum–certified dorm, maintain a native plant landscape, and offer one of the top environmental studies programs in the country. But we’re not done. Our students continue to push our campus community to assume ever-higher standards of environmental responsibility. Sustainability is simply a fundamental part of who we are.

Whole other way to play
Our students’ interests are as varied as their backgrounds. Play at Warren Wilson means everything from music, dance, and poetry to outside activities like kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. When the sun is out, campus hums with life. Friday night could find you anywhere from a dance party to a folk jam. Life on campus offers daily opportunities to choose your own adventure. Join the fun. Schedule a visit and come see us at play.



• 893 (830 traditional undergraduates, 63 graduates in our low-residency M.F.A.)
• Students living on campus: 90%
• Number of states represented: 45
• Number of countries represented: 15
• Percent of students from North Carolina: 21%

• Average class size: 14
• Test-optional admission
• Average high school GPA: 3.60
• Percent of faculty with a doctorate or other terminal degree: 93%
• Student-faculty ratio: 10:1 

• Art
• Biology
• Chemistry
- Biochemistry
• Creative Writing
• English
- Theatre/English
- English/Creative Writing
• Environmental Studies
- Conservation Biology
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Policy
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Sustainable Forestry
- Water and Earth Resources
• Global Studies
- Culture, Power, and Place
- Environment and Society
- Peace and Social
- The Local and the Global
• History/Political Science
- History
- Political Science
• Integrative Studies
• Mathematics
• Modern Languages
• Outdoor Leadership
• Philosophy
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Social Work
• Sociology/Anthropology
- Archaeology
- Cultural Anthropology
- Gender and Women’s
- Sociology

• Africana Studies
• Art
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Creative Writing
• Education
• English
• Environmental Studies
• Gender and Women’s Studies
• Global Studies
- Appalachian Studies
- Applied Geospatial
• History and Political Science
• Mathematics
• Modern Languages
• Music
- Music: Conventional
- Music: Traditional
• Neuroscience
• Outdoor Leadership
• Peace and Justice Studies
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Religious Studies
• Sociology and Anthropology
• Theatre

• Honors Biology
• Honors Chemistry
• Honors English
• Honors Environmental Studies
• Pre-law Studies
• Pre-medical Studies
• Pre-Peace Corps, International and Non-governmental Service Preparation
• Pre-veterinary Medicine Studies

• Pre-environmental Management and Pre-forestry