Wabash College at a Glance
Private, independent, four-year liberal arts college for men, granting Bachelor of Arts degree.
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.
As of June 30, 2016, the value of Wabash’s endowment was approximately $327 million, with a per-student endowment of about $377,000. Wabash ranks near the top of all private colleges in the country.
Nearly all students at Wabash receive some form of student aid.
Tuition and Fees
For the 2017-18 academic year, tuition is $41,600. Room fees in College-owned housing are $5,250 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 over 60 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.
Wabash’s 843 male students come from 30 states and 13 foreign countries. Seventy-seven percent are from Indiana. Test scores from the middle 50 percent of entering freshmen range as follows: SAT critical reading 500-610 and SAT math 530-640. Each year, approximately 250 freshmen and a few transfer students enroll.
In 2016-17, 95 percent of the 86 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.
In 2016-17, Wabash had a student/faculty ratio of 9/1.
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, and has continued to develop as prime academic space ever since. The physical facility offers an attractive and comfortable environment which supports the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of faculty and students, and has become the central "gathering place" on campus for students evenings and weekends. The physical collections include more than 280,000 books, serial backfiles, micro texts, CDs, videos and recordings. WorldCat, Its online catalog, provides access to millions of items in libraries located throughout the world. Subscriptions to database services offer content from thousands of popular magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals, as well as an ever-increasing number of e-books. Active collaboration with PALNI (the Private Academic Libraries Network of Indiana) enables better management of resources in all formats through a cloud-based integrated library system to promote more effective in-house services and more efficient interlibrary loan services. In addition, the Library now serves as the host to the Educational Technology Center, the Academic Centers for Excellence, and the 1832 Brew espresso bar.
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.
There are no restrictions regarding student automobiles.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to live in college housing. Students may live in one of six residence halls: College Hall, Martindale Hall, Rogge Hall, Wolcott Hall, Morris Hall and Williams Hall; in one of ten national fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, 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.
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 & diving, lacrosse, and baseball—as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. In addition, students may participate in a variety of intramural sports, including soccer, flag football, basketball and bowling, as well as club sports. More than three-quarters of Wabash students participate in at least one intramural sport.
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.
More than 80 percent of Wabash graduates complete an internship during their college careers, and more than half complete 2 or more internships. In Summer 2017, students interned with a wide variety of organizations, including Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, Montgomery County Public Health Department, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Museum of Science & Industry (1st ever undergraduate intern), Microsoft, KPMG PGA Tour, and Huntbridge.
In 2017, at Commencement, 70% of graduates had secured employment, fellowship, or postgraduate education. Wabash graduates accepted positions with Eli Lilly & Company, PolicyStat, Comcast Business, Expedia.Com, IU Health, Spot Freight, and Strategic Investment Group, among many others. This year, 24% percent of the graduating class went directly into graduate, medical, or law school. Graduates pursued further education at University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, and University of Illinois to name only a small selection.
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Wabash College is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission
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Wabash’s program in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.