Wabash College was founded in 1832 as an independent and non-sectarian liberal arts school for men—a tradition the private, undergraduate college continues as one of only three remaining all-male institutions in the country.
Wabash expects its students to think for themselves—anywhere, anytime, and about anything. The College is committed to the virtues of a broad academic experience, which means students take classes in language, literature, art, science, history, philosophy, mathematics, and more.
By the time the president hands a student his diploma at graduation, he will have the intellectual groundwork to succeed in any career. He will have become a man sure of who he is and what he knows. His decisions will be guided by his exceptional education and a clear code of ethics. He will be respected and trusted—not because of where he has been, but because of who he has become.
Get to know Wabash College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Peer Mentors
Wabash educates men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely. Wabash provides for its students an unusually informal and participatory environment in order to cultivate qualities of character and leadership. Students develop analytic skills, sensitivity to values, and the judgment and compassion required of citizens living in a difficult and uncertain world.
The Wabash education fosters independent intellectual inquiry, critical thought, and clear written and oral expression. The College educates its students broadly in the traditional curriculum of the liberal arts alongside each individual’s concentrated study in one or more disciplines.
FRESHMAN TUTORIAL AND ENDURING QUESTIONS
Freshman Tutorial is taught in the fall semester to introduce students immediately to academic life at Wabash. Recent Tutorials have covered the Western film genre, the automobile and culture, food, fashion, Julius Caesar, Teddy Roosevelt, The New Yorker, multi-ethnic America, Dante’s Divine Comedy, images of Jesus in film, World War I, and Harry Potter and the liberal arts. While topics vary, the goals of every tutorial remain the same: to analyze texts critically, to think with clarity, and to express thoughts with conviction and persuasion.
In the spring semester, all freshmen take Enduring Questions, a colloquium devoted to engaging students with fundamental questions of humanity from multiple perspectives. This foundational course prepares students to generate and engage effectively with discipline-specific questions later in his academic career and to consider carefully who he is and how he relates to others, both during and after his time at Wabash.
RESEARCH AT WABASH
Motivated students at Wabash College earn opportunities to work side by side with their professors on research and creative work. Students from every department across campus are involved with faculty on innovative projects, many of which have taken them to national and international professional meetings. Some participate in NIH and NSF grant research, while others have curated art exhibits and made documentaries for campus and museums across the state. Theatre students have traveled to the American Museum in New York City to perform play readings with faculty, while others have participated in archeological digs alongside their professors in Greece. There truly is an exceptional research or creative opportunity for everyone and every interest.
Every student has the opportunity to create his ideal college experience, which for some that means taking a class that includes field work. Students in Immersion Learning courses engage in the ideas, cultures, and traditions while in class, then spend a few days to a few weeks traveling the globe with their professors to make important connections and complete research projects.
Classics students frequently study in Rome and Athens; German students spend a week in Berlin; English literature students study Hardy, Dickens, and Joyce in the cities and towns where they wrote; and theatre students spend a week in London’s theatre district or in New York City. An ecology class has spent a month in Ecuador, including a week studying evolution in the Galapagos Islands; one class has studied infectious diseases in rural villages in Peru; education students have taught in rural villages and have spent time in urban school settings; chemistry students have conducted research around active volcanoes; and political science and economics students have studied the impact of the oil pipeline on the economy and environment. Other courses have traveled to Washington D.C., New York City, Turkey, Belgium, England, France, Israel, and Cuba.
Wabash believes that Immersion Learning is a critical aspect of the experience and, unlike at other colleges, these courses and travel experiences come at no additional cost to students.
Additionally, approximately one in five Wabash juniors complete traditional semester- or year-long off-campus study in such places as New York, England, France, Australia, Spain, Germany, and Greece.
Wabash men have access to a full range of pre-professional programs and off-campus study opportunities.
Students interested in business typically enroll in the Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship, which is a set of courses that prepares young men for careers in business through a range of on- and off-campus immersion experiences, including the summer business immersion, networking events, internships, and externships.
Other co-curricular opportunities include Democracy and Public Discourse, the Global Health Initiative, and Digital Arts and Human Values. These programs, known as the Liberal Arts Plus Initiatives, are programs that cross disciplines to focus thinking, skills, and opportunities to effectively tackle society’s challenges. Students regularly take on projects around the community, in the state, and across the nation as they use their classroom skills to solve real-world issues.
Wabash also offers pre-professional programs and advising in law, medicine, and engineering. Pre-law students often compete in the fierce Moot Court competition, participate in the LSAT Bootcamp, and make visits to top-ranked law schools. More than 84% of Wabash students who apply to medical school are accepted. For men interested in engineering, Wabash offers dual degree programs with Purdue, Columbia, and Washington universities.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 76 | 10-19: 115 | 20-29: 48
30-39: 14 | 40-49: 3 | 50-99: 3 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 76%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
The curriculum at Wabash allows for maximum flexibility while providing the broad base of understanding that is the core of the liberal arts concept. Wabash offers 39 majors and minors, with minors exclusively in Asian studies, Black studies, business, computer science, electronic music, film and digital media, gender studies, global health, Multicultural-American studies, and neuroscience. Also available are dual-degree programs in engineering and accounting as well as pre-professional programs in law and medicine.
The faculty at Wabash continue receive high marks for their level of accessibility to students. From summer internships and independent study to larger research groups, Wabash faculty value the opportunity to mentor students and help them pursue opportunities to build upon and move beyond the classroom.
This student–faculty collaboration is showcased every January during the campus-wide research conference for which Wabash cancels classes so that students may present their work to the entire campus community.
Wabash offers a wide range of support services for students, including the Writing Center and Quantitative Skills Center. These Academic Centers for Excellence can also help students with disabilities as well as those who seek help improving their time management.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Dual-degree program in engineering (Purdue, Columbia, Washington-St. Louis)
Study abroad and Immersion Learning
Wabash College provides an intensely student-centered culture built on close relationships and personalized attention. Uniquely, the College has only one rule—The Gentleman’s Rule:
“The student is expected to conduct himself at all times, both on and off the campus, as a gentleman and a responsible citizen.”
Students should know this rule by heart before they arrive on campus and strive to live up to it for the rest of their lives.
ARTS AND EVENTS
Wabash’s Fine Arts Center is home to the Art, Music, and Theatre departments. In addition to majors and minors in these subject areas, all students can choose to participate in a wide range of music ensembles, including the 125-year-old Glee Club, and take private lessons. Students can participate in theatre as actors, directors, writers, or designers in one-act and mainstage theatrical productions.
Many of the fine arts events at the College are free for students. Wabash hosts three mainstage theatre productions each year, several art exhibitions, and more than a dozen concerts. In addition, students may also attend Visiting Artist Series events and view selections offered by the Lecture and Film Committee.
HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND COUNSELING
Wabash believes in the age-old philosophy of “Sound Mind, Sound Body.” Students are busy and successful, which is why Wabash is committed to each student’s personal health and well-being. The College’s Student Health Center is open every weekday for routine appointments, and there are after-hours clinics in town. The College’s two counselors direct the work of the Student Counseling Center, and other activities are led by the Campus Mental Health Committee.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
The Wabash College Student Senate recognizes up to 70 clubs and organizations each year. Imagine an activity, and there is probably a Wabash club to support it. If not, students are encouraged to find like-minded collaborators, petition Student Senate for funding, and start their own.
Wabash may not have a journalism program, but the student-run weekly newspaper, The Bachelor, is consistently named as one of the top three small-college papers in the state.
The College’s International Center provides resources for International Students, Community Friends (local host families for international students), and students who are considering studying abroad as juniors.
Nearly 50 years ago, Wabash established the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, which continues to be one of the College’s centers of distinction.
Wabash men enjoy serving others, which is why all first-year students take part in a county-wide day of service during the first week they are on campus. Opportunities abound throughout the year—from on-campus tutoring and mentoring programs to work within local schools and nonprofits.
Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, the city of Crawfordsville, IN, is safe and welcoming to Wabash students, faculty, and staff. Named one of Indiana’s Stellar Communities, the city is working with Wabash officials to develop trails to and through the College in order to link Wabash to the Fusion 54 downtown co-working space as well as nine miles of trails for biking and hiking. The College is an hour northwest of Indianapolis and 150 miles south of Chicago.
Wabash competes as an NCAA Division III institution as well as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. The College offers 12 intercollegiate varsity sports and a competitive intramural program. Approximately half of Wabash students participate in varsity sports.
Even students who do not participate in varsity athletics or intramural sports enjoy the Allen Athletics and Recreation Center and its various fitness and wellness classes available throughout the year. The Center has a newly remodeled space with a designated weight room, natatorium, and fieldhouse.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 97%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
SCHROEDER CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Wabash prepares its students to meet their futures with confidence and clarity. The Schroeder Center for Career Development helps students identify, develop, and experience civic and career leadership before they graduate. Through professional immersion experiences (PIE) and vibrant internships, students explore opportunities to reach individual career goals of employment, graduate school, or service opportunities. Wabash offers individualized programs and resources to help its students get anywhere they choose.
More than 98 percent of the Class of 2017 had secured employment, fellowships, or post-graduate work within six months of graduation. (The national average is 64 percent.)
The College has a dedicated staff member who serves as the Fellowship Advisor. Students are encouraged to learn about and apply for nationally competitive fellowship or scholarship opportunities, including Fulbright, Truman, Rhodes, Gilman, Marshall, Knight-Hennessy, or Goldwater.
After Wabash, graduates join a global network of more than 13,000 successful alumni who can open all sorts of doors for their fellow peers. Among them are a Nobel-nominated AIDS researcher, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a Mayo Clinic oncologist, an NFL record-holder, a Sundance award-winning filmmaker, a federal judge, and several CEOs.
From physicians. lawyers. teachers to coaches, artists, and musicians, Wabash alumni are ready to assist students and graduates as they look for internships, career advice, a mentor, or even help acclimating to a new community. For that reason, Wabash consistently gets high praise for its amazing alumni network.
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Academic GPA | Level of applicant’s interest
Recommendation(s) | Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
Standardized test scores | Application Essay | Character/personal qualities
First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status | Volunteer work | Work experience
State residency | Religious affiliation/commitment
25th Percentile: 1120 | 75th Percentile: 1320
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 550 | 75th Percentile: 650
25th Percentile: 570 | 75th Percentile: 670
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 29
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 28
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $11,600
Students can’t afford not to consider Wabash College. The extraordinary generosity of Wabash alumni and friends enables the College to maintain outstanding merit scholarships and a robust need-based aid program.