Warren Wilson College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $35,000—$40,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School


  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Arts and Humanities, Economics, Environmental Studies and Sustainability

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Dormitory

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 70+ , IELTS: Band 6.5+

  • Social Media


Warren Wilson College is a vibrant, independent college with an innovative curriculum that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and experiential learning with community engagement and work experiences to prepare students for not only professional success, but also a life of meaning. Located on a 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, the College consists of about 700 students in a learning community committed to sustainable practices, cross-cultural understanding, and the common good.

Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college in the United States that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its undergraduate curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College is known for a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice.  The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops.

Academic Programs

At Warren Wilson College, curious is who we are. Our approach to education empowers students to think deeply, challenge themselves in their work, and act on a fierce commitment to their communities. With 20 majors, 24 concentrations, and 25 minors you can take your interest in any direction you want. 

Top 5 Majors 

  • Business Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biology
  • Creative Writing
  • Psychology

Work Program

One of the most unique aspects during your time at Warren Wilson is the ability to participate in our Work Program. We are one of eight work colleges in the nation and require all students to fulfill graduation requirements by working on one of our 85+ crews. Students work 10 hours per week and earn money toward their tuition. Our Work Program offers students opportunities to develop professional skills and land meaningful jobs out of college. 

Work Crew Types

  • Academic
  • Administrative and Office
  • Campus Programming
  • Craft
  • Facilities and Campus Support
  • Land Management 

Community Engagement

At Warren Wilson, we share your fierce obligation to serve your community. So we walk the talk. Community engagement isn’t optional at Warren Wilson. It’s required.

Here, all students participate in community engagement as a graduation requirement. As you meet our Community Engagement Commitment, you will think deeply about issues that you are passionate about and collaborate with others to take action.

Designated issue areas

  • The Environment
  • Food Security
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Race and Immigration
  • Youth and Education

Scholarships and Financial Aid

MERIT Based Awards

  • International Student Scholarship: varies on GPA, up to $14,500 awarded at time of application
  • Global Scholar Awards: $4,000
    Students can receive one of the following:
    • Honor
    • Community Engagement and Leadership
    • Sustainability
  • Milepost One
    • This scholarship will cover full tuition and is open to admitted students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Separate application required. Deadline Feb 1, 2020

NEED Based Aid
Students are eligible for limited financial need based institutional grants. Students must submit the College Board International Student Financial Aid Application.


Application Requirements

  • Application via the Common App
  • Certified or original copies of all secondary transcripts 
  • Demonstrated English Proficiency (if English is not first language). Students must meet ONE of the following ways to demonstrate English Proficiency:
    • TOEFL: 79
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • GTEC (in Japan only): 1180
    • 3 years or more in an English based curriculum
    • PTE Academic (Pearson):  53
  • Letter of Recommendation (counselor or teacher)

Transfer international students: In addition to the above requirements, please also supply the following:

  • Certified or original copies of all college/university transcripts
  • Registrar Report Form from the Common App

Application Deadlines for the Fall 2020 Term
*Early Action: November 15
*Priority: January 15
Regular: April 15
Transfer: May 1
*Milepost One Scholarship eligibility suggested deadlines

International Student Support Services

  • Visa and Immigration Advising
  • International Student Orientation
  • ELL course offered every semester
  • Language Conversation Program
  • Individualized academic advising and academic tutors


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Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College
701 Warren Wilson Road
Swannanoa NC 28778
P: +1.828.771.3057
Bachelor Degree
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