Warren Wilson College named 2019 'Best Buy' by Fiske Guide

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Warren Wilson College was named one of the top 20 “Best Buy” colleges nationally in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019. Warren Wilson was one of only 10 private colleges to make the list.

“Under the school’s new North Carolina Free Tuition plan, all North Carolina residents who qualify for federal or state need-based financial aid will have the rest of their tuition covered by the college for all four years,” the Fiske Guide noted for Warren Wilson College, highlighting the new free-tuition program for in-state students, which is among several new scholarship initiatives started at the college this year.

This edition marks the 13th time the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Warren Wilson College as a “Best Buy" school. 

“It is a tremendous honor to be named a ‘Best Buy School’ by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and we are thrilled to be featured again on this year’s shorter list. This guide is an excellent resource for students who are trying to find the right school for them. Warren Wilson College is committed to providing high quality, integrated, experiential education at an accessible, affordable price,” college president Lynn Morton said.

“The signature feature of the Warren Wilson curriculum is its unique three-part education program, which combines liberal arts coursework, community service, and campus work,” the Fiske Guide explained.

As in previous years, the guide also noted the value of the college's work program, which requires all residential student to work on campus, which the guide notes is “a practice that helps keep tuition down."

The guide emphasized Warren Wilson’s “strong international and social justice orientation,” and referred to programs like environmental studies, history and political science, psychology, creative writing, art, outdoor leadership, Appalachian studies and global studies as "strong."

The Fiske Guide also gave quality of student life at Warren Wilson College five stars.

Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum.