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 16,100, is the county seat of Montgomery County, population 38,300. Crawfordsville is located 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 150 miles southeast of Chicago.

Endowment

As of June 30, 2019, the value of Wabash’s endowment was approximately $344 million, with a per-student endowment of about $396,000. Wabash ranks near the top of all private colleges in the country.

Financial Aid

Nearly all students at Wabash receive some form of student aid.

Tuition and Fees

For the 2021-2022 academic year, tuition is $45,000, Room fees in College-owned housing are $6,200 per year.  Board plans vary by the number of meals per week.  The 19-meal plan is $5,400 per year and the 15-meal plan is $5,000 per year.  Mandatory fees for student activities and the Health Center are $450 and $400 per year, 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 160 years ago and is the oldest continuously used classroom building on campus.

Twenty-six campus buildings have either been renovated or are new in the last 20 years, including a new $13 million Little Giant Stadium; a $23 million investment in the construction of the Ott 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 31 states and 19 foreign countries. Seventy-seven percent are from Indiana. Test scores from the middle 50 percent of entering freshmen range as follows: SAT evidence-based reading and writing 550-650 and SAT math 570-670. Each year, approximately 250 freshmen and a few transfer students enroll.

Faculty

In 2020-21, 85 of the 87 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 2020-21, Wabash had a student/faculty ratio of 9.5/1.

Majors

Wabash offers 27 majors in the following areas: Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English, French, German, Greek, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Rhetoric, Spanish, and Theater, along with multidisciplinary majors in Financial Economics, Hispanic Studies, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, 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. 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

Wabash students rely on the Lilly Library to meet their research and information needs. Our collections include 225,000 print books, 1,765,000 electronic books, and 125,000 electronic journals.  We also offer streaming movies and music as well as DVDs and CDs.  Built in 1959, the Library was renovated and expanded in 1992.  In 2014, the Library welcomed the Writing Center followed by the 1832 Brew coffee shop in 2016.  The Ramsay Archives and Special Collections documents the life of the College, including old editions of the student newspaper (The Bachelor) and yearbook.  The Educational Technology Center provides the equipment and training for a range of media projects.

Computers

More than 360 systems are dedicated for students. Three public computer labs are available, one of which is open 24 hours/day. 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, Adobe Creative Suite, Box, Zoom, Mathematica, SPSS, 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 high-speed 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. Vehicles are registered at no cost and all campus parking regulations are expected to be followed.

Housing

All students 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 (Placher Lodge) attached to Williams Hall or the lodge attached to Rogge. Approximately sixty percent of students reside in a fraternity while 40% live in one of the residence halls, lodges, or campus-owned houses.  The entire campus is served with a wireless Internet network.

Sports

Wabash competes at the NCAA Division III level in 13 varsity sports—football, cross country, soccer, golf, basketball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, wrestling, tennis, swimming & diving, volleyball, 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, dodgeball and softball. More than three-quarters of Wabash students participate in at least one intramural sport.

Extracurricular Activities

Wabash students take part in more than 50 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 91 percent of Wabash graduates complete an internship during their college careers, and more than 88 percent complete two or more internships.  In Summer 2021, students interned with a wide variety of organizations, including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sach, First Financial, Eli Lilly & Co., Cummins, Trek10, Wells-Fargo, Williamstown Theater Festival, Chrysler, University of Notre Dame, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art, IDEA Public Schools, and Handshake.  They also secured internships at start-ups and technology programs such as Purchasing Platform, LEDIndy, Capturly, Bridgebuilders, Archon Tech, and TechPoint.

Graduates

In 2021, at Commencement, 83 percent of all graduates had secured employment, fellowship, or postgraduate education. Wabash graduates accepted positions with Eli Lilly & Co., Goldman-Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, IU Health, SalesForce, Spot, Liberty Mutual, Morgan Stanley, Teach for America, Charles Schwab, BKD Corporate Finance, Chicago Cubs, Elanco, United Health, and Pacific Life among many others. This year, 29 percent of the graduating class went directly into graduate, medical, or law school. Wabash had three graduates named Orr Fellows, along with four Fulbright Fellows.  Graduates pursued further education at University of Notre Dame, DePaul University, Georgetown Law School, Duke Law School, University of Michigan Law School, IU Kelley School of Business, IU School of Medicine and IU School of Dentistry, IU McKinney School of Law, Princeton University, Wake Forest University, Butler University and UCLA to name 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: https://www.hlcommission.org/

Wabash College is authorized by name by the State of Indiana through statute (Indiana Code 21-7-13-6).  Wabash’s program in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.