Admissions & Financial Aid FAQs
How is Wabash rated among other Liberal Arts colleges?
The National Survey of Student Engagement listed Wabash #1 in five different categories, ranging from “level of academic challenge” to “enriching education experiences” and “supportive campus environments.” No matter where you look, you will find that Wabash is at the top of the list.
What academic degree would I receive from Wabash?
In four years, you would receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Unlike the educational systems in many countries, in the United States “arts” refers to the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Therefore, your degree could be in one of 22 majors. The B.A. is the first step in higher education for most professional education in the United States.
What subjects are offered at Wabash?
We offer 22 majors grouped in three divisions areas: Science & Mathematics, Humanities & Fine Arts, and Social Sciences. Some of our most popular majors are Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Rhetoric. Wabash is also well known and respected for its preparation of future lawyers, doctors and businessmen. Of our alumni, one in eight hold the title CEO, President or Chairman... we have an 85% acceptance rate into medical school and a 77% acceptance rate into law school.
Does Wabash offer a degree in Business or Engineering?
Although Wabash does not offer a business or engineering degree, as a liberal arts college we do prepare students for whatever careers they may choose to pursue after graduation. Wabash does offer pre-Business preparation and a 3-2 Engineering program (with Purdue, Columbia, and Washington-St. Louis.
What are my housing options at Wabash College?
Wabash is a residential campus; therefore all students live in College housing or within dormitories or one of 9 fraternity houses.
What kind of organizations or sports can I be involved in at Wabash?
Wabash has 70 campus organizations that are entirely student-run and student-funded. There are also 11 varsity sports as well as a host of intramural teams that students athletes are encouraged to participate in while at Wabash.
How are admissions decision made for international students?
Wabash selects for admission students with a high level of demonstrated intellectual potential and an equally high level of achievements in rigorous academic programs available at their secondary school. There are no set numerical cut-offs. Admission decisions are made only after thorough reading and discussion of the complete file on record consisting of an application with essay, standardized test scores, transcripts from the last four years of education and recommendations.
How good must my standardized test scores be?
Although a standardized test score is required, an international student can submit the TOEFL, IELTS or the Sat I: Reasoning Test. An applicant’s score level is only one element in the admission process. There is no “magic” number. The average combined SAT score for the Wabash entering international class is around 1290 - 1300. Students whose native language is not English can take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS.
Standardized test scores (the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT/ACT) are required for ALL applicants. Scores must be received before a file is considered complete and reviewed for admission. This requirement is not waived even if the primary language of instruction is English.
How will the grades from my school be evaluated?
There is often concern that the Admissions Review Committee will not be aware of how rigorous a foreign school’s grading system or national test scoring might be. Be assured that the international admissions staff is well informed about various national educational systems. Still, it is helpful when possible for international students to include a school description or grading scale with their application. The results of “O” and “A” level tests, as well as other established national exams, can be most useful in establishing your record of accomplishment.
What are my chances of getting admitted?
On an average, the admitted international students were in the top of their respective classes with better than a 1200 on the SAT or better than a 250 (computer) / 550 (paper) on the TOEFL exam. Admitted students also have strong, well-written essays and excellent supporting documentation.
Because of our small student population, Wabash enrolls approximately 15 international students from a pool of nearly 200 international applications. The process is highly competitive and only complete files are considered. The College strives to enroll a diverse class that includes students from various countries around the world.
When will I hear about my admission decision?
The International Review Committee convenes in early February to read, review and consider those applicants with a complete record on file by February 1. All complete files on record by February 1, and have indicated that they are interested in financial aid are considered for the international merit awards. Those students with a working email address should receive email notification in mid February; others should receive notification by mail in late March. Priority consideration for admission to the College, as well as review for scholarships and need-based awards is given to those students with a complete file on record by February 1.
For those students whose file becomes complete after February 1, the committee will begin its consideration in mid-March. Depending on when the file is complete, students can expect to hear from Wabash through mid-April.
Can I apply as a transfer student, or even if I have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree?
Wabash does accept applications from students who are transferring from another college or university. International applicants are only considered for students beginning in the Fall term. Due to orientation concerns, we do not admit international students mid-year.
Wabash does not admit students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree and there are no second degree programs.
What financial assistance is offered to international students?
All students, including international students, are eligible to compete for Wabash College merit-based scholarship. Each year, a limited number of merit-based and need-based awards are available. Applicants for financial assistance must have a complete file on record by February 1 and present outstanding academic records, high standardized test scores, and strong letters of recommendation. Since the number of scholarships is limited and our applicant pool is large and talented, only a few of the qualified applicants will be offered an award. These awards are won through competition and are renewable for four years provided the student maintains standard academic progress. For more information about merit-based scholarships and other funding sources, visit our International Students Financial Aid page.
Need-based awards are also available; however, NO AWARD PACKAGE WILL COVER ALL EXPENSES. STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE CSS PROFILE to be eligible for need-based awards. Early Decision applicants must complete the CSS PROFILE by November 15. For all others, the CSS PROFILE must be completed by January 15. Students are expected to provide complete financial information, so Wabash can best assess their financial needs. A typical financial aid package may consist of a combination of an offer of campus employment, loans, and a very limited number of grants in addition to any merit-based scholarships that may be awarded. International students must be aware that an aid award will not cover travel expenses, summer maintenance, and personal expenses.
How are such things as visas, travel, and orientation handled?
The Certificate of Eligibility (1-20 Form) will be sent to you by the Office of International Students, once you accept an offer of admission, document finances adequately and have met all governmental requirements. You will need to present this form to the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy in order to receive the F-1 Student Visa. Additional information regarding your arrival, orientation, and international students at Wabash may be found at the Office of International Students
When would I be expected to arrive at Wabash?
International students should arrive several days prior to orientation. This generally means that students will be arriving on campus around the middle of August. Additional information may be found at the Office of International Students
What kinds of people come to Wabash?
Wabash attracts young men of intellect, spirit, creativity and conscience. During their time at Wabash, they train their minds to think critically, their hearts to live humanely, their bodies to act responsibly and their spirits to lead effectively. A Wabash man broadens his perspectives and builds long lasting relationships that benefit himself and the community around him.