Wilson College is a top liberal arts college with rigorous academic programs and so much more. A rigorous academic program with incredible access to professors has been a hallmark of Wilson College since its founding in 1869. A collaborative environment, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and professors who are dedicated to mentoring students—both in and out of the classroom—create an educational experience that is focused on the individual student. Wilson connects career-oriented programs with a broad-based liberal arts education that teaches students to think critically and communicate with confidence—essential skills for career success. This approach is evident across all of Wilson's degree programs—undergraduate, graduate and adult degree. Rooted in more than 140 years of a forward-thinking tradition, the College has always been a leader. From a pioneering residential program for single parents with children and the establishment of the Center for Sustainable Living 20 years ago to initiating a USDA certified-organic farm to leading the way on affordability in higher education with a first-of-its-kind student debt buyback program, Wilson continues to be a trendsetter. Student experiences inside and outside the classroom are influenced by the Wilson Honor Principle, which fosters qualities of personal responsibility and integrity. College is a transformative time and Wilson is committed to educating the whole student: mind, body, and spirit.
Located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Wilson College’s campus has gracious lawns, mature trees, and rolling hills. The beautiful 300-acre campus is on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and the Conococheague Creek runs through it. Six buildings serve as student housing and there are several facilities for athletics and equestrian competitions, including three athletic fields (field hockey, soccer, and softball), tennis courts, a gymnasium and separate practice facility for gymnastics. A fitness center is housed in Lenfest Commons, along with a dance studio. Students have access to a nearby swimming pool. The Penn Hall Equestrian Center has three, 24-stall barns; two indoor arenas and an outdoor arena; cross-country jump course and turn-out fields. The College also provides complete equine-facilitated therapeutic facilities and equipment. In addition, Wilson College has an organic farm—the heart of the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living— that allows a wide range of opportunities to learn about approaches to sustainable living. In January 2009, the College opened the new $25 million Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics, and Technology, the first Gold LEED-certified building in the area. The Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology With state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and research spaces, the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology represent a vision for the future of the liberal arts and sciences at Wilson College. Flooded with natural light and filled with leading-edge technology and equipment, the building offers spaces that enhance teaching and learning and the practice of science at the undergraduate level. The building has transformed the campus and is changing the lives of our students and faculty. We invite you to learn more about it on these pages, or visit campus and take a tour. Envision the future of science at Wilson College and join us in this important educational mission.
Mission and Values
Wilson College is an independent liberal arts institution founded in 1869. Wilson is dedicated to preparing women and men for successful careers through undergraduate, graduate and adult degree programs. Guided by the Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.
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