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About Wilson College

Wilson College is a top liberal arts college which offers many rigorous academic programs and so much more.

A rigorous academic program which has incredible access to professors has been a hallmark of Wilson College since its founding in 1869. A collaborative environment, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and professors who are dedicated to mentoring students—both in and out of the classroom— which creates an educational experience that is focused on the individual student.

Wilson connects career-oriented programs with a broad-based liberal arts education that teaches students to think critically and communicate with confidence—essential skills for career success. This approach is evident across all of Wilson's degree programs—undergraduate, graduate and adult degree.

Rooted in more than 140 years of a forward-thinking tradition, the College has always been a leader. From a pioneering residential program for single parents with children and the establishment of the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies 20 years ago to initiating a USDA certified-organic farm to leading the way on affordability in higher education with a first-of-its-kind student debt buyback program, Wilson continues to be a trendsetter.

Student experiences inside and outside the classroom are heavily influenced by the Wilson Honor Principle, which fosters qualities of personal responsibility and integrity. College is a trans-formative time and Wilson College is committed to educating the whole student: mind, body and spirit.

1015 Philadelphia Ave
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201-1285
P: (717) 264-4141
F: (717) 264-1578

Studying in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is certainly a U.S. state international students can count on to deliver a top-notch American study abroad experience! With an abundance of historic, cultural, and scenic attractions to be discovered, including the two major U.S. cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers plenty of incentives that will encourage international students to explore the world beyond the classroom. The best part is, these attractions only serve to enhance the many smart reasons international students seek to enter the programs of its world-class colleges, universities, and research centers each year!
Read our full article on studying in Pennsylvania

Students & Faculty

Total Students
Male Students
Female Students
Total Intl Students
Intl Female Students
Total Faculty
Male Faculty
Female Faculty
Student/Fac Ratio


SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Animal-Assisted Therapy
Art/Art Studies, General
Behavioral Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Economics, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Equestrian/Equine Studies
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Financial Mathematics
French Language and Literature
International Relations and Affairs
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics, General
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General
Religion/Religious Studies
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Sustainability Studies
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 83%
Male 17%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
9 : 1


Estimated Cost



Total Applicants






Test Scores

SAT Math


SAT Reading


SAT Writing

ACT Composite


Campus Life

Located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Wilson College’s campus has sprawling lawns, mature trees and rolling hills. The beautiful 300-acre campus is on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and the Conococheague Creek runs through it.

Six buildings serve as student housing and there are several facilities for equestrian and athletic competitions, including three athletic fields (field hockey, soccer and softball), tennis courts and even a gymnasium. A dance studio is housed within the Lenfest Commons, students also have access to the fitness center.

The Penn Hall Equestrian Center has three, 24-stall barns; two indoor arenas and an outdoor arena; cross-country jump course and turn-out fields. Wilson also provides complete equine-facilitated therapeutic facilities and equipment.

In addition, Wilson College owns an organic farm—the heart of the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies— that allows a wide range of opportunities to learn about approaches to sustainable living. In January 2009, the College opened the new $25 million Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology, the first Gold LEED-certified building in the area!

The Harry R. Brooks Complex

With state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and research spaces, the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology represents a vision for the future of the liberal arts and sciences at Wilson College.

Illuminated with natural light and filled with leading-edge technology and equipment, the building offers spaces that enhance teaching, learning, and the practice of science at an undergraduate level. The building has transformed the campus and is changing the lives of our students and faculty. We invite you to learn more about it on these pages, or visit campus and take a tour. Envision the future of science at Wilson College and join us in this important educational mission.


Foundations courses equip students with the fundamental skills necessary to pursue a liberal arts education. Upon completion of these requirements, students should:

  • Acquire a better understanding of Wilson College.
  • Develop an appreciation of a liberal arts experience.
  • Write with clarity in English.
  • Speak and write with some proficiency in a foreign language and demonstrate a basic understanding of another culture.
  • Demonstrate some proficiency in using computer technology to process, manage, and access information, be able to solve basic mathematical problems and demonstrate some ability to interpret and present numerical data,
  • Increase their awareness of the relationship between mental and physical well-being and develop some skills in a specific physical activity.
  • First Year Seminar

    All new students (excluding most transfers and those that are in the Adult Learning Program) in the College take a seminar during the first semester to support their transition into college.

    This seminar provides information about the college's honor principle, tradition and Wilson's mission and history. It also seeks to facilitate students' self-understanding, e.g., through exploration of career interests and completion and analysis of personality inventories. Developing knowledge of academic skills required at the college level is also a goal during this seminar.

    The course consists of two parts: an academic seminar and a lab. The seminar is developed around a common theme, but each section explores the theme from a different perspective. The seminar, which is led by a faculty member and peer teacher, is designed to strengthen students' skills, particularly in writing, speaking and critical thinking.

    A laboratory, led by various resource persons from the College and local community, explores aspects of Wilson College life, examines issues which affect the transition to college, and seeks to deepen the understanding of self.

    Writing Skills

    Students enroll in one of the following (depending on their placement): English 104: ESL-Writing at College Level I, English 101: Written Communication, English 108: College Writing, or English 180: Writing and Literature, depending upon placement. Students who complete English 104 or 108 will continue to develop their writing skills by taking at least three additional writing-intensive courses. Students who complete English 180 will take a minimum of two additional writing-intensive courses. Students who receive a score of four or five on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in English will take at least one writing-intensive course.

    Students are expected to complete the writing-intensive requirement by the end of their junior year. The writing-intensive courses may concurrently satisfy requirements in trans-disciplinary studies or in the major field of study.

    Writing-intensive courses are designed to improve writing skills through substantial writing requirements in the context of a course in English or another discipline.

    Writing-intensive courses facilitate the student understanding of the process of writing, the integration of writing and thinking, and the importance of sustained evaluation by and feedback from peers and instructors.

    Writing is also the means by which sophisticated ideas are developed, understood, and are communicated. Writing-intensive courses are part of a broader emphasis on writing across the curriculum.

    Foreign Language Skills

    Two courses that are in one foreign language, or placement above the intermediate level is required. Additional foreign language courses may be required by the major or are recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate or professional studies.

    Knowledge of and exposure to foreign languages and cultures is an essential component of a liberal education. Preparation for leadership and service in a global society is not genuinely attainable without the knowledge of the language and culture of the peoples with whom we interact, whether on an economic, political or social basis.

    Studies in a foreign language provide a path to more global understanding by exposing the student to cultures that will continue to radiate an effect on the people of the United States. Foreign language study can also provide insight into ethnic diversity within the United States, prepare students for work or study in a foreign setting and develop skills that may be useful or essential for certain careers or vocations.

    Computer Skills

    One course in Computer Systems is required.

    Computer skills and knowledge of computers have become a widely assumed aspect of economic and social interaction. Students must be prepared, throughout their lives and careers, to continually learn and develop their understanding of and ability to use computing technologies.

    This requirement provides a foundation for understanding current and newly emerging computer technologies, uses, trends and issues. Students develop knowledge of computer terms, technical concepts as well as basic operations while learning how to use a computer as a tool for practical applications.

    Quantitative Skills

    Students must place above Math 100: Intermediate Algebra, or take one of the appropriate quantitative skills courses (MAT 100 or PSY 115). Additional quantitative skill courses may be required by your major or recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate and professional studies.

    It is vital for well-educated people to be comfortable with mathematics as a tool for describing and analyzing their own environment. Wilson students are expected to demonstrate an ability to solve basic mathematical problems. Students learn to interpret and present numerical data in research settings or in everyday situations in which critical evaluation is required.

    Physical Activity and Wellness

    Physical Education 124: Fitness for Life*, and one activity course is required.

    Fitness for Life and the activity requirement are designed to help students develop lifelong strategies for overall wellness and physical fitness.

    *Students who complete the athletic coaching certificate or minor are not required to take this course. These courses are also not required for students in the Adult Learning Program.

    Student Life

    Academic offerings include more than 40 premier programs in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, as well as the opportunity to customize a major.

    All students have the opportunity to participate in internships, the Washington Center program, study abroad and research projects.

    Students can be active in more than 20 student-led organizations, five women's and four men's NCAA Division III sports and on-campus equestrian programs.

    International students receive the support of special advisers, English as a Second Language and American culture classes, and the Friendly Family program, which matches students with families in the local community.

    At the beginning of freshman year, both international and American students quickly learn that Wilson College is their second home. A 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, personalized learning environment and foundational honor principle add up to a strong community of powerful students preparing to make real contributions to our global society.

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