Warren Wilson College

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Warren Wilson College (WWC) is a private four-year work college in Swannanoa, North Carolina near Asheville. It is known for its curriculum of work, academics, and service, called "the Triad," which requires every student to work an on-campus job, perform at least one hundred hours of community service over four years and complete a requisite course of academic work in order to graduate. The college offers classes in 30 different departments with the most popular majors in Environmental Sciences, English, and Outdoor Leadership.

Warren Wilson is one of the few colleges in the United States that requires on-campus students to work for the institution in order to graduate. It is part of the Work Colleges Consortium. The college is notable for its surrounding environment with a working farm and market garden, of maintained forest providing the community with of hiking trails.


Warren Wilson College went through many phases before becoming what it is today. Its property is situated along the Swannanoa River, which was purchased in 1893 by the Women's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church who were concerned that many Americans in isolated areas were not receiving a proper education and decided to establish church-supported schools in impoverished areas. In 1894 the Asheville Farm School officially opened with 25 boys attending and a professional staff of three offering the first...
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