Wilson College

Wilson College

Chambersburg, PA
student ratio
total students
$23,745 | $23,745
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


An Individualized, Career-Oriented Education

Wilson College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1869. The core of the Wilson experience is the extraordinary, close bond between student and professor that shapes the learning process, and the collaborative, student-focused environment of the academic program, which create an individualized education. Wilson connects career-oriented programs with a rigorous, broad-based liberal arts education that teaches students to think critically and communicate with confidence, and instills a foundation for success in an ever-changing world. The College offers bachelor's, graduate, associate and post-baccalaureate degree programs.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., Wilson College is 90 minutes from the nation's Capitol and one hour from the state capital. In between are state and national parks, biking and hiking trails, skiing, shopping and much more. Wilson's 300-acre campus features the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living and the USDA certified-organic Fulton Farm; the Conococheague Creek riparian buffer, which serves as a model ecosystem for environmental science programs; interpretive trails and the Penn Hall Equestrian Center.

Academics at Wilson College

The academic program features small, seminar-like classes and a 10:1 student/faculty ratio, with 25 majors in the areas of accounting, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, business management, chemistry, communications, early childhood education (PK-4), English, environmental science, environmental sustainability, equestrian studies, equine-facilitated therapeutics, equine journalism, financial mathematics, graphic design, history and political science, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, religion studies, sociology, Spanish, studio art and veterinary medical technology. The College also offers 41 minors across disciplines.

Wilson is known for the quality of its academic program and faculty. You will find career-oriented programs connected to a challenging, writing-intensive liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for successful careers or graduate education.

Our academic environment features a collaborative culture and an incredible level of access and interaction with professors dedicated to teaching. The College has a long history of outstanding faculty who come to Wilson because of their love of teaching and desire to work closely with students. Wilson professors are determined to influence the lives and minds of every Wilson student, believing that the best education is transformative, challenging and unique to the individual.

Student Research Day

Wilson College annually hosts a campus Student Research Day to highlight student and faculty member research, scholarship and creative activity. The day is organized like a professional conference, providing unique opportunities for scholars to present their research or creative projects to the entire academic community.

Pre-Professional Programs

Wilson offers four pre-professional programs for students preparing for entrance to graduate programs. Pre-professional degrees are available in pre-law, pre-med, pre-vet and health sciences programs.

3+1 Programs

Students at Wilson have the opportunity to earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees in four years through 3+1 options. Programs are available that lead to Master of Accountancy or Master of Humanities degrees. The Master of Humanities Program offers concentrations in language and literature, art and culture, critical/cultural theory, global studies and women's studies.

Through an agreement with Vermont Law School, students can earn a degree in environmental sustainability from Wilson College and a master's degree in environmental law and policy from VLS, the top-ranked environmental law school in the nation.

Student Life at Wilson College

Wilson offers an active campus life with more than 50 clubs and organizations, ranging from academic clubs and equestrian teams to the Muhibbah International Club and the Billboard (student newspaper). Student experiences, both in and out of the classroom, are influenced by the Wilson Honor Principle, which fosters qualities of personal responsibility and integrity, creating an experience that is distinctive to Wilson.

Wilson believes in the philosophy of the student-athlete. The College seeks to create an environment in which a student-athlete can excel in the classroom and on the field. In 2014-15, the College will field six NCAA Division III sports for women--basketball, soccer, field hockey, softball, cross country and lacrosse--and three for men--cross country, basketball and golf.

A Commitment to Value

Wilson College is committed to providing its students with an affordable education that offers real value and successful outcomes. The College has reduced its tuition for the 2014-15 academic year by $5,000 and is instituting a first-of-its-kind student debt buyback program that allows students to earn up to $10,000 toward qualifying federal loans. Access to quality education is also a priority at Wilson, where more than 100 student scholarships are available and 97 percent of students receive some form of aid.

A Historic Campus with State-of-the-Art Facilities

Wilson College is located in Chambersburg in south-central Pennsylvania, 17 miles from the Maryland border. The campus is a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Conococheague Creek flows through campus and separates the residential, academic and administrative facilities from the extensive Penn Hall Equestrian Center facilities and the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.

The state-of-the-art equestrian center has three 24-stall barns, two indoor areas, one outdoor arena, a cross-country jump course and turn-out fields. The Fulton Center features two passive-solar greenhouses, a campus composting and recycling project, and a 50-acre homestead, including seven acres devoted to a USDA certified-organic farm with community-supported agriculture program.

Location & Contact

1015 Philadelphia Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201-1285

Ms.Patricia Beidel

Director of Admissions

Phone: 717-262-2002
Fax: 717-262-2546
Email: admissions@wilson.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Agriculture
    • Equestrian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


52% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied450
    • Accepted237
    • Acceptance Rate52%
    • Enrolled571
    • Female Applicants435
    • Females Accepted230
    • Female Acceptance Rate52%
    • Male Applicants15
    • Males Accepted7
    • Male Acceptance Rate46%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      college preparatory program that includes 4 units of English, 4 units of History/Civics, 3 units of Mathematics (preferably Algebra I, II or Geometry), 2 units of same Foreign Language, and 2 units of Natural Sciences with lab
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.45
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 499 440 570
    • SAT Math 484 420 550
    • SAT Writing 486 430 560
    • ACT Composite 22 19 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$23,745
    • Out-of-state tuition *$23,745
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$647
    • Room and board *$10,912
    • Room only *$5,390
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students571
    • Male Student Percentage12%
    • Female Student Percentage88%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.78%
    • Black or African American2.56%
    • White or Caucasian68.16%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.21%
    • Asian.43%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.14%
    • Unknown18.38%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.34% representing 12 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students23% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 48%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Muhibbah Club, Orchesis Club, student newspaper, student government, Campus Activity Board
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery No No No
    • Basketball No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Basketball No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Golf No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Volleyball No No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty94
    • Full-time Percentage41%
    • Part-time Percentage59%
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 447 students to 55 faculty