Wabash College at a Glance

Founded

1832

Type

Private, independent, four-year liberal arts college for men, granting Bachelor of Arts degree.

Location

Crawfordsville, Indiana, a community of 16,000, is the county seat of Montgomery County, population 38,000. Crawfordsville is located 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 150 miles southeast of Chicago.

Endowment

As of June 30, 2015, the value of Wabash’s endowment was approximately $355 million, with a per-student endowment of about $384,000. Wabash ranks near the top of all private colleges in the country.

Financial Aid

Nearly all students at Wabash (99%) receive some form of student aid.

Tuition and Fees

For the 2016-17 academic year, tuition is $40,400. Room fees in College-owned housing are $5,000 per year. Board plans vary by the number of meals per week. The 19-meal plan is $4,600 per year and the 15-meal plan is $4,200 per year. Mandatory fees for student activities fee and the Health Center are $450 and $200, respectively.

The College’s Campus

The 94-acre wooded campus contains 59 buildings predominantly of Georgian architecture. Caleb Mills taught the first class of Wabash students on December 3, 1833 in Forest Hall, located since 1965 at the north end of campus and now home to the Department of Education Studies. Built in 1836, Caleb Mills’ House hosts various college functions. Center Hall, home to the departments of English, Philosophy, and Religion, as well as administrative offices, was built over 150 years ago and is the oldest continuously used classroom building on campus.

Twenty-five campus buildings have either been renovated or are new in the last 20 years, including a $23 million investment in the construction of the Residential Life District and renovation of Martindale Hall; the Shelbourne Wrestling Center; 170,000-square-foot Allen Athletics and Recreation Center; 81,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Hays Hall (biology and chemistry); Trippet Hall, home of the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College; and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

Most of the College’s structures circle the Wabash Mall with Trippet Hall on the north end and the Pioneer Chapel on the south end. The Fine Arts Center, which houses the Art, Music, Rhetoric, and Theater departments, is adjacent to the Fuller Arboretum, an open expanse of trees and brick paths.

Students

Wabash’s 868 male students come from 32 states and about 12 foreign countries. Seventy-seven percent are from Indiana. Test scores from the middle 50 percent of entering freshmen range as follows: SAT critical reading 510-610, SAT writing 470-600, and SAT math 530-640. Each year, approximately 250 freshmen and a few transfer students enroll.

Faculty

In 2015-16, 99 percent of the 91 full-time faculty members at Wabash held a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Wabash’s special strength lies with a faculty dedicated to teaching undergraduate students.

Student/Faculty Ratio

In 2015-16, Wabash had a student/faculty ratio of 10/1.

Majors

Wabash offers 25 majors in the following areas: Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, English, Financial Economics, French, German, Greek, Hispanic Studies, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Rhetoric, Spanish, Theater, and a self-designed major in Humanities and Fine Arts. Students may choose a double major; participate in the Business Leadership Program; or enroll in a 3-2 engineering program with Columbia University, Purdue University, or Washington University in St. Louis. Students interested in secondary education may minor in Education Studies and participate in a Ninth Semester Program for secondary licensure. These academic programs are augmented with on and off-campus internships; collaborative research with faculty; off-campus externships; and Wabash’s Summer Business Immersion Program.

Library Collections and Services

Lilly Library, built in 1959, was renovated and expanded in 1992. The holdings include more than 300,000 books, serial backfiles, and micro texts and a media collection of over 19,000 recordings, CDs, videos and other media.

Both in the library and on the campus network, students, faculty and staff have access to a combined online catalog of the 2.8 million volumes in the libraries of Wabash and the 22 other private colleges, universities, and seminaries of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI). Additional off-campus resources available electronically from the Library homepage (http://library.wabash.edu/home) encompass a wide range of specialized subject indexes and abstracts, full-text journal databases, and the OCLC international database of 2 billion records in over 72,000 libraries, archives and museums in 170 countries around the world. 

The Media Center staff is dedicated to supporting teaching and learning at Wabash College by assisting with the instructional design and educational technology needs of the faculty, staff, and students. The Media Center provides the Wabash community with a variety of multimedia equipment for preparing projects and presentations for the web and other digital formats. The Media Center provides production assistance, training classes, short-term equipment checkout and technical support for multimedia projects. We have industry-standard equipment, software and the technical knowledge required to assist you with current delivery methods such as digital video production, paper-based materials, web pages, DVD and CD technologies.

The Robert T. Ramsay, Jr. Archival Center, located on the library’s lower level, contains the records of the College, including catalogs and yearbooks, student publications, fraternity files, and other related materials that document Wabash’s history, along with several special collections. Archivist Beth Swift has migrated some of the oldest, most significant photographs to the web as part of a PALNI online database.

Computers

More than 380 systems are dedicated for students. Six public computer labs are available; two labs are open 24 hours/day, and two others are open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Departmental and specialized computer labs include a digital media lab; two calculus labs; a molecular modeling lab; art and music labs; two social science labs; and six mobile wireless computing labs for chemistry, biology, physics, and art. Software includes Microsoft Office, Mathematica, SPSS, Adobe Creative Suite, computer programming languages, and a variety of course-specific applications. An innovative “virtual computer lab” system offers access to network resources and lab software from student personal computers, whether on or off campus. A gigabit ethernet network links all campus systems, and provides high-speed Internet access. Wireless networking access is available campus-wide, including in dormitories and fraternities.

Automobiles

There are no restrictions regarding student automobiles.

Housing

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to live in college housing. Students may live in one of seven residence halls: College Hall, Martindale Hall, Cole Hall, Rogge Hall, Wolcott Hall, Morris Hall and Williams Hall; in one of nine national fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Theta Delta Chi; or in College-owned houses that include two townhomes: the Butler House and the Seymour House. Students may also live in one of the lodges attached to Rogge Hall and Williams Hall. The entire campus is served with a wireless Internet network.

Sports

Wabash competes at the NCAA Division III level in 12 varsity sports—football, cross country, soccer, golf, basketball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, wrestling, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, and baseball—as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. In addition, students may participate in 23 intramural sports and three club sports. More than three-quarters of Wabash students participate in at least one intramural sport.

Extracurricular Activities

Wabash students take part in over 75 Student Senate-recognized clubs and organizations, such as student government; departmental clubs; political clubs; speech, music, and theater groups; various literary publications, a weekly newspaper, and yearbook; student-run radio; special interest groups; and religious groups.

Internships

More than 80 percent of Wabash graduates complete an internship during their college career, and more than half complete 2 or more internships.  In Summer 2016, students are interning with a wide variety of organizations, including Eli Lilly & Company, Nantucket Bike Tours, Perfinity Bioscience, Eleven Fifty Academy, Indy Eleven, Huntbridge, Indiana Treasurer of State, Toyota, Walt Disney World, Guggenheim Life & Annuity, and UBS.

Graduates

In 2016, Wabash graduates accepted positions with Appirio, Young & Laramore, Eli Lilly & Company, Milliman, Edward Jones, Indiana Attorney General, 3BlackDot, Starwood Property & Trust, and Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship, among many others. This year, 26% percent of the graduating class went directly into graduate, medical, or law school.  Graduates accepted offers at Duke School of Law, Northwestern Law, Indiana University School of Medicine, Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine, Purdue University, Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, Columbia University School of Engineering, and University of Notre Dame, to name only a small selection.

Address

For additional information, write to:

Wabash College
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933-0352
Phone: 1-800-345-5385 or 765-361-6225
Fax: 765-361-6437
email: admissions@wabash.edu
website: http://www.wabash.edu

Accreditation

Wabash College is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800-621-7440
website: http://www.hlcommission.org

Wabash’s program in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Wabash is accredited by the State of Indiana to offer teaching licensure preparation at the secondary level in mathematics, science, language arts, world languages, and social studies.