Swannanoa, NC
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse, almost to an extreme.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity on campus that goes unnoticed most of the time. However, the school obsesses about gaining more diversity within it and constantly makes the people that are diverse feel alienated from everyone else not necessary in a bad way, but in a way that obviously lets them know that they are "different" and that they want more "different" people on campus.

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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

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: This school will give you incredible diversity if you're looking for a school that accepts everyone, however most people are upper-middle class privileged children.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: There is very little cultural diversity on Warren Wilson's campus. Though the students have had very interesting experiences, most are white and upper/middle class. However, I found the campus to be extremely accepting to people of all ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. But, not much cultural diversity is found on campus.


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  • 203rd
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  • 1307th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michelle Metzler
Columbia, SC
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Warren Wilson often gets a reputation for not being diverse, but that comes from an assumption that “diverse” means “racially diverse.” While we are predominantly white, and this is something that we are attempting to change, the diversity of attitudes, beliefs, backgrounds, and life experiences on campus is phenomenal. Spiritual life opportunities for Orthodox Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Protestants, Quakers, Hindus, Catholics, and everything in between abound, and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) community is incredibly prominent and active.

Some students who find their way to Wilson have lived on communes and others grew up in Jersey. Some eat only locally grown organic food and some love to drive through McDonald’s. Some go to church every Sunday, fast for Yom Kippur, take walks in the meditation garden, set up shrines, light peace candles, and some don’t believe in God. Some smoke cigarettes and others take vitamins. Some girls don’t shave their armpits or only use Dr. Bronner’s, and others shower at least once a day, shave their legs, buy a box of Tampax every month, and swear by the DivaCup. We hail from 42 states and 12 countries and have travelled everywhere under the sun. We play banjo in Appalachian string band and listen to hip-hop. We carry Prada wallets and go barefoot. We spit fire, drink Coca-Cola, have dance parties, and are Big Brothers and Sisters. Regardless of our musical taste, personal hygiene, and hobbies, we are all drawn to the Swannanoa Valley in the hopes of finding our place in a community that supports and encourages us to be our true selves.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 17%
25+: 8%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 93%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
WWC is an incredibly open community, with support for LGBTQ students. A number of faculty and staff are openly heterosexuals, as well as many students. Empower, the gender and sexuality resource center, offers community events, programming, and performances to promote sexual diversity and positive gender relations. Fed Up Queers (aka Queers Eat Too), an LGBTQ group, meets every so often to eat and discuss issues.
Political Activity
Wilson students tend to lean toward the left politically, and activism is popular on campus. The Peace and Justice Crew, complementing the peace and justice major, provides opportunities for activism, peaceful protesting, and political education on and off campus, as well as frequently invites speakers to address the community on political issues. Some students are registered in Buncombe County, and there is a voting center on campus during elections.
Economic Status
By virtue of being a private college, WWC naturally attracts students from the upper-middle-class. Unfortunately, the College is not able to offer as much financial support as it would like, and while many students qualify for some sort of aid, tuition money is essential to the survival of the community.
Most Common Religions
Most students come from Christian or Jewish backgrounds, although the tendency is to stray from organized religion in favor of an individualized spirituality. There are a plethora of religious groups that meet regularly: a Christian group, an Eastern Orthodox gathering, Quaker meeting, a Buddhist organization, and an active Jewish student group. There are services in the college chapel every Sunday, but they're attended mostly by adult community members.
Minority Clubs on Campus
An international student group arranges several events a semester, including Chinese New Year, discussions about current events in home countries, and a yearly multicultural festival. There are also several options for Spanish-speaking housing.
Did You Know?
In 2009, WWC had students from 42 states and 10 countries-Botswana, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Nepal, and Northern Ireland.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 9% Moderate
  • 55% Liberal
  • 27% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 18% Liberal
  • 82% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 10 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 10 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 9% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 91% Very accepting.


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