Location
Swannanoa, NC
Undergrads
845
Tuition
$27,740
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Asheville is very liberal and progressive in terms of how much is acceptable in the streets, shops, etc. Lots of dreadlocks and hippies.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: we strive to be accepting and accomodating to everyone no matter what their beliefs/sexual orientation/race

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Greek Life: we do not have greek life.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: small campus so everything and everyone is very close together. Since we all work and live here, we keep it clean as a community because we know our peers have to clean after us if we dont.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not too many parties because there has to be a contract made beforehand. Although, having friends that live in a suite is the best because you can be indoors and not have people you don't know coming in and out.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: no one except the athlete's friends and family attend the sports events. There is not much school spirit because our teams don't win often.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: many, many, many local restaurants to check out. With a lot of variety and very accomodating to dietary needs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It is easy to get away with stuff if you are quiet or not obvious. Staying in rooms is usually fine. It is really easy to get away from main campus too, such as in a field or down a trail. When you do get in trouble, they give you a chance to redeem yourself at a meeting and get out of it.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Very hard to get financial aid the further you get into school. They throw money at you the first year, but then it tapers off once you're in. The admission staff is very friendly and helpful. When applying, make sure you emphasize the community service you have done. They eat that stuff up.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is no need for a campus shuttle on such a small campus. However for class trips, there is a motorpool crew that can loan a car/van/14 passenger van. Any student with a valid driver's license is eligible to obtain a campus license to drive their vehicles.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: the weather can be crazy. It rains a lot in the mountains, and can get pretty windy and cold. However, when there are bright and sunny days in the summer there is nothing better than going to the river or pond and jumping in. Or going and reading on a warm field surrounded by cows.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are around but it is not emphasized on campus. Friends of the players usually attend the games but no one other than that really does. The teams are ok, but not fantastic and there are so many away games that it is hard to get team spirit and unification behind the sports teams. This school is full of weird, quirky people who were not apart of the popular athletes in high school so many of us have a sour spot for athletes

4 College Sophomore

Weather: You can have four seasons in one day! But that is also a part of how unique the school is. It is something that brings the school together and we can all laugh about it.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug and Alchohol scene is pretty prevalent on campus and it does affect interactions between people. If you do not want to drink you usually find other people who do not drink, but also it is such a small school that most people know each other and like each other just the same whether they share a beer, a joint, or one is drinking and the other has chosen not to. underage drinking and smoking marijuana are both illegal and taken very seriously on campus so don't get caught.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The unique thing about warren Wilson College is that it is a work-study college this means that academics is not the only thing that the college has to offer. It is a school that you have the opportunity to come away with a whole new skill set that you never imagined whether that is setting up resumes or knowing how to rewire a house. There is so much emphasis on experiential learning that it is hard to come away from the school not learning something. also it is a place that holds so many diverse ideas that you could be failing academically but you still will be having conversations with friends and faculty that teach you about yourself and others. My school is unique because students, faculty, and staff all understand that sitting is not the only way to learn and everyone helps facilitate education whether it is through service, sitting in a classroom, or going to work. If you are struggling someone is always there to help. Another unique part about my school is because of the emphasis on learning outside the classroom, the work boss's want to hear students ideas on how to improve the work setting or how they accomplish their goals and the bosses are, for the most part, supportive

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It doesn't matter where you go financial aid is always a headache, but the advisers are wonderful and they want to help so they do everything in their power to do so. They make it as easy as possible and they understand how difficult it can be.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an anthropology major and it is great. because it is a small school my advisor really cares about where I am going and she is able to have long sit-down conversations about what I want and what I should do. Also she is able to talk to me about possible internships and job oppurtunities. The workload can be a lot because it is such a heavy reading and writing curriculum but for the most part it is manageable. It is set up so that you can double major in anthropology.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The work load can get tough but the academic rigor is not as demanding. Professors are there for you and want to see you succeed so they do what they can to help you. Classrooms are open late at night so they are a good place to study and the library is always a nice place to go it even has a 24 hour room. Registration can be difficult especially as a lower classman because they are at the bottom of the barrel and are not allowed to register until everyone above them has meaning that many of their classes fill up quickly. Also when registration happens the internet slows down tremendously and it can be difficult to get anything done.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Asheville is a place of diversity, it is a melting pot of culture which means that there is diversity in the cuisine that is presented. Also it is a place that cators to people who need and want a vegetarian/vegan and gluten free option. You do have to drive about 15 minutes into town to get access to these options, but almost every restaurant has a vegetarian/vegan option. Most places are about $10 a place which for the quality of food is a pretty good deal and you have access to a variety of tastes from all over the world.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is decent. It is not a five star restaurant but I think in comparison to other schools it is much better. we always have a salad bar and a vegetarian option. It may not be the best tasting food all the time but they do what they can to make sure that the food is healthy and from an organic source but feeding mass amounts of people can get expensive so they do have to keep that in mind while preparing and buying food. The nice thing is that there is a suggestion board and students can write suggestions, and praises to help the staff get a better idea for what the students are looking for. It actually works. We have two dining halls - one has meats and the other is strictly vegan- both are good and have their ups and downs. Campus has two coffee shops aswell. One is for the day and you can get paninis, baked goods and of course hot drinks. The night cafe also serves paninis, baked goods, and hot drinks but is only open till midnight so unfortunately after midnight it is hard to find food to eat. For the most part food is available and good.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: each dorm has its own perks and its own downfalls. One place you may have lots of space but you still have to share a bathroom with eight other people, while in another dorm you may share a bathroom with a bathtub with four people but the room space can feel a little cramped at times. Some dorms create spaces that allow lots of social interactions, while others have created a more individual setting. The rooms are all pretty similar to one another its the people who occupy them that create the atmospheres. The dorms are across a bridge from the dining, library and most work crew meeting sights and as inconvenient as it sounds it is nice to have a physical separation from work and home. Also it is not that far of a walk even though it may seem like it on a cold, blistering day in the winter.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There is a lot of freedom on campus. Of course underage drinking and smoking illegals is not tolerated but if you are smart about it you can get away with it. There are regulations for having parties but again it is fairly easy to throw one. If you respect the authorities they usually will not go around looking for you.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet tends to be slow but the computers that are available for public use are fine. There are a number of different computer labs to chose from. Do not bring a printer because the printing quota for each person is more than enough. Having a personal computer does make life alot easier because the dorms are far enough away from the library and other computer labs that you don't want to have to lug all your stuff back and forth especially in the cold. Also if you are trying to work late you can. The library and all the other buildings close at midnight, meaning access to computers is also shutdown and that can be troublesome.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The night-life for people who are older than 21 is great. There are bars, pubs, clubs, everything a big city has, Ashville also has, not to the same scale but they are all worth checking out. Most bars have a great, inviting atmosphere and they sell locally brewed beers. You can go swing dancing, blues dancing, contra dancing and almost all other types too. Every night there is a band playing somewhere. Big names come into town and play at the various venues and then there are the new and up and coming bands trying to get a start that will play in the bars and coffee shops. The night life is not a raging party every night but go out on a friday or saturday and something exciting is bound to happen

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are plenty of parking spots but you may not get your ideal spot every time. You may have to walk a little longer than you were hoping but it is never far from a building and the parking areas are well light. You must have a parking permit to park there unless you are a visitor then you can park in a visitor parking area or get a visitor parking pass. It is fairly easy to attain. If you end up getting a ticket for not having a permit it is easy to repeal or you can just pay the $50. It is a hefty enough charge that you don't want to do it again, but the charge will not break your bank.

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Michelle Metzler
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Warren Wilson is a wonderfully unique college. It tends to be described as something more than a college—students are not attracted here exclusively for the academic program, or even the work and service components. It is an experience more than an education, and what students learn here goes beyond any of their expectations. Because of this special “other” aspect, Wilson can’t be described properly in words, especially in the same categories as other schools.

When students visit, they tend to feel either an overwhelming attraction or a sincere repulsion, and we understand and respect both reactions. When it is right for someone to be here, they find a way to be here and help our community become as supportive and joyous as it can be. It certainly is not the right college for everyone, but the people who become Warren Wilson students hold this special place close to our hearts our entire lives, and are always thankful for the lessons learned and the people met in our little corner of Appalachia.

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