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Spotlight on Warren Wilson College

By June 19, 2009

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Warren Wilson College Farm
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Today's spotlight takes us to Asheville, North Carolina, where we find an interesting place that is truly distinct from other liberal arts colleges. Warren Wilson College's curriculum has a "triad" of requirements: liberal arts and sciences courses, participation in a campus work program and community service. The campus includes a 300-acre farm, 650 acres of forest and 25 miles of hiking trails. The college isn't for everyone, and students might just get a little dirt under their fingernails. The school's slogan sums up the place well: "We're not for everyone...but then, maybe you're not everyone."

The college frequently appears on lists of "best value colleges" and "greenest campuses." Not surprisingly, Environmental Studies is the most popular major at Warren Wilson. Fiske just released their "Top Financial Finds of 2010," and Warren Wilson was in the top seven along with Cooper Union, Elon University, University of Iowa, University of Mary Washington, Olin College, and Binghamton University.

Every week I spotlight a great college that might be off the radar of college applicants. If you'd like to recommend a school for a future spotlight, please do so here in the College Admissions forum. And if you're familiar with the Warren Wilson College, please share your impressions below.

To learn more about Warren Wilson College, be sure to check out the Warren Wilson profile and visit the school's official website.


September 3, 2009 at 6:06 am
(1) Rebecca Hearn says:

I am a Warren Wilson College alumni and I count my decision to attend Warren Wilson as among my life’s best.
It was the perfect place for me to go to work, learn, make life-long friends, and just generally expand my horizons.
I visit often and am always happy to see that it’s still the amazing place it always was.

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