Wabash College at a Glance
Private, independent, four-year liberal arts college for men, granting Bachelor of Arts degree.
Crawfordsville, Indiana, a community of 16,100, is the county seat of Montgomery County, population 38,300. Crawfordsville is located 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 150 miles southeast of Chicago.
As of June 30, 2022, the value of Wabash’s endowment was approximately $385 million, with a per-student endowment of about $461,000. 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 2023-2024 academic year, tuition is $48,200, Room fees in College-owned housing are $6,800 per year. Board plans vary by the number of meals per week. The 19-meal plan is $6,500 per year and the 15-meal plan is $5,500 per year. Mandatory fees for student activities and the Health Center are $475 and $450 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.
Wabash’s 835 male students come from 35 states and 16 foreign countries. Seventy-two percent are from Indiana. Test scores from the middle 50 percent of entering freshmen range as follows: SAT evidence-based reading and writing 560-650 and SAT math 560-670. Each year, approximately 250 freshmen and a few transfer students enroll.
In 2022-23, 87 of the 88 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 2022-23, Wabash had a student/faculty ratio of 9/1.
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 or triple major; or enroll in a 3-2 engineering program with Columbia University, Purdue University, or Washington University in St. Louis.
Library Collections and Services
Wabash students rely on the Lilly Library to conduct research, ask for help with assignments, write papers, check out books and media, work on group projects, record podcasts, and meet with friends. Our collections include 200,000+ print books, 1,750,000+ electronic books, and 110,000+ electronic journals. We also offer streaming movies and music as well as DVDs and CDs. The Ramsay Archives and Special Collections documents the life of the College, including historical copies of the student newspaper (The Bachelor) and yearbook. The Education Technology Center provides the equipment and training for media projects, including video production, poster design, image scanning & editing, photo quality color printing, and more. 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. In 2022, we added a Podcast Studio and upgraded the Game Lab. The new Videorecording Studio will open in Fall 2023.
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; game lab; two social science labs; and six mobile wireless computing labs for chemistry, biology, physics, and art. Software includes Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Canvas LMS, 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.
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 Class of 1966 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.
Wabash competes at the NCAA Division III level in 13 varsity sports - baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, and wrestling - as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League. Roughly 50% of the student body identifies as a varsity scholar-athlete. Students may also participate in a variety of fitness classes, intramurals, and recreational activities.
Wabash students take part in more than 60 Student Senate-recognized clubs and organizations such as: student government; academic/pre-professional clubs; cultural and identity affinity groups; student newspaper, radio and literary publications; recreational, hobby, and athletic clubs; service and civic engagement organizations; religious groups; and arts and performance outlets.
Internships are an important component to the Wabash experience, preparing each graduate to apply the liberal arts education in professional settings of all fields and industries. The class of 2023 reported having completed, on average, one to two internships during their time at Wabash. Twenty-nine percent of the class completed three or more internships, while 58% completed two or more internships. Wabash students secure internships each summer in areas as diverse as their career interests. In 2023, interns represented Wabash College at corporations, small businesses, and non-profits across the nation, including FDIC, Commerce Bank, Kroger Gardis & Regas, RAND Center, Colliers, GoCode, Eli Lilly, Cummins, Mayo Clinic, Coaching Toolbox, Bridge Builder Strategies, Camp Grier, Legal Aid Society of Louisville, and Montgomery County Visitors Bureau. Approximately 190 students were selected to intern in college-funded programs, including the Business Innovation Program, faculty-led research projects, project-based work with campus administrative offices, and many more. The Professional Development team at Wabash highly encourages students to utilize their summers to explore possible career interests, build a professional network, development valuable transferable skills, and gain experience in professional settings. Internship experience paired with a Wabash education, positions seniors well for their post-graduate plans, whether they choose to continue their education in some capacity or seek full-time employment.
On average, 99% of Wabash graduates have accepted a First Destination Outcome within six months of graduation (compared to a national average of 82%, NACE 2020). In 2022, graduates secured First Destination Outcomes in a wide range of full-time positions, graduate programs, and other opportunities such as international fellowships. As of graduation, the class of 2022 was 65% set in their post-graduation plans, with about 45% of graduates having accepted a full-time employment opportunity and about 16% having accepted offers for graduate programs. Some of the top recruiters of Wabash graduates included the Orr Fellowship (entrepreneurship), Amazon, North American Language and Culture Ambassadors Program in Spain, UKG, Rialto Capital Management, First Merchants Bank, and Eli Lilly and Company. Other notable outcomes for full-time employment include Deloitte Vietnam, Renovia, PwC, Teach For America, WishTV, and Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, to highlight only a few. For those continuing education, the top recruiters were the University of Notre Dame (law, entrepreneurship, public health) and Indiana University (medicine, accounting and data analytics, law, finance). Other notable outcomes include DePaul University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, and Wake Forest University, to name only a few.
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Wabash College is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
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.