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Reviews 267 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I was a bit overwhelmed by the newness of the whole experience and didn't take part in many activities, but I still enjoyed myself. The students and teachers are all warm and friendly, and everything was generally at least pleasant. I would chose this school but I would definitely do more in regards to financial aid.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Depending on your sport that can be great or kind of eh.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living on campus is cheaper and gives you better access to all the fun stuff going on. If you want to live off campus, there are cute, cheap places to live nearby though.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's Asheville. This city lives for food and beer, simple as that.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: The best thing about the party scene at Wilson is that it is entirely up to what you are looking for. YOu don't have to go to big dance parties if that's not your thing. You don't have to sit around campfires playing music if that isn't your thing. You don't have to drink, smoke, do any drugs if those arent your thing. It's definitely a choose your own adventure kind of party scene. But, if you are into any of those kind of things, you can do them here with pretty awesome people.

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4 College Senior

Administration: The community here is incredibly tight nit and the administration plays a role in that. The rules are in place with safety in mind, and most public safety officers and RAs enforce them with safety as their goal. Sometimes an RA or RD gets a little power hungry, but mostly they're pretty reasonable since they're your peers.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: You have to be persistent with them, but the financial aid office really does want to make it possible for as many people to come as possible.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: Relative to what college food tends to be, we have an awesome array of dining choices. People consistently push our food provider to be better and more sustainable which is awesome.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: All of the buildings are maintained by students so there is a certain charm to them that comes with that. The buildings themselves are homey and beautiful, sometimes they could just be a bit cleaner...

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options around, grated that you have an in with someone else living off camous already. The school makes it difficult to leave because you lose your on campus work contract and scholarship.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Asheville offers some of the best drinking and dining options around.

1 College Junior

Party Scene: There are no real parties here. Only occasionally they will have a Preston punk show. That's the most fun you'll find on campus.

3 College Junior

Administration: Not too strict, but that also means they aren't really great at helping when you do need them.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: School is extremely overpriced for what you get out of it. Scholarship helped, but I wish I would have recieved more for my family's income situation.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food on campus is definitely better than most colleges offer. Cowpie in particular is great at offering local foods and produce from Forestry and Garden crews. Gladfelter's food is usually way too salty, overcooked, or lacking in nutritional value at all. There is also a limited amount of time to get food at lunch, which is complicated by the cafeteria's limited ability to deal with the long lines.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of the dorm rooms are extremely small. The nicest housing on campus includes Ecodorm, an eco-friendly community style living situation, and the Villages, apartment style housing. There are a lot of structural issues with most of the dorms including leaky or bursting pipes (one dorm was flooded and all students had to be relocated for over a month, and a freshman dorm's sewage pipe leaked in the basement with no real work done to fix it), faulty fire detectors, and peeling paint or linoleum. Also, most of the dorms have extreme issues with black mold. Sheppard, a small coop dorm on campus suffered from an infestation of fleas.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not really sure what off campus housing is like because it isn't really an option for most students due to fees and the work program.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places in Asheville and Black Mountain that have great waitstaff and are people that I like to go see on weekends. The costs are reasonable and there is a lot of variety too

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties here do not look like the average colleges parties. We are a dry campus with party contracts so hardly anyone is willing to risk throwing a party incase people drink to much or damage is done. The party scene doesn't make an impact on the students.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had an issue with the administration here, but many of my friends have. One person got a noise complaint at two in the afternoon on a tuesday for playing music in his room

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was able to receive a fair amount of scholarship money but I still needed a couple loans which I was not allowed to take out with the school, that was a pain in the butt

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The school claims that they try their hardest to provide the students with local food options, but we the food is run through Sodexo... what?

The salad bar is usually wilted and brown.

Owl's nest is pretty cool though and the staff in there is great.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus life is boring unless it is a nice day outside where you can go hiking or trail running or something like that. There isn't that much to do during the day and at night there is a cafe to do homework at, but that's it. It is a safe campus but there is still some vandalizing that happens as does on most college campuses. The cost of housing and tuition is increasing, but it isn't necessary to do so. Also, we are getting a new academic building when really the money should be spent on the residence buildings to fix the mold issues and other damages.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is very difficult to get approved to stay off campus, and they no longer give day student work contracts. It is difficult to get reimbursed if you live in the co-op housing.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food is Asheville is great, although it can get pretty pricey.

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Warren Wilson College
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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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