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The process is pretty competitive, but most who make a concerted effort to apply are selected to study abroad. Science majors might have to take a more concentrated schedule of lab courses, but the planning process ensures that they are selecting courses to stay on track to graduation.
Faculty in each department select the materials to meet students’ needs.
Liberal arts is not vocational education, so the degree is preparation for learning a range of skills and how to be flexible in a changing job environment.
FERPA restricts what information about your son's performance that others can provide without his consent. Speak directly with him about your concerns.
All work-study jobs are posted on Handshake (https://wabash.joinhandshake.com) and students can access the website using their Wabash email login information. Each job description contains a “APPLY” button that students can click when they want to apply to a position. Most job positions will require a resume, cover letter, and weekly schedule. Further instructions on the application process are provided here.
We provide a wide assortment of job positions for students across the campus, including Office Assistant, Front Desk Worker, Academic Tutor, Science Lab Assistant, Costume Technician, Audiovisual Intern, Computer Network Assistant, Media Lab Operator, and Teaching/Research Assistant.
No. There are plenty of campus jobs for students who received work-study in their financial aid package. Additionally, there are lots of high skill-based job positions available to which students can apply. Any student who received work-study and needs to find a job position can successfully acquire one.
The Business Office processes payroll on a bi-monthly basis for all students who work an on-campus job position, which can be deposited directly into a checking account or received as a check in the mail. Each student can fill out a form that automatically allocates his wages as payment toward the remaining balance on his student account.
The number of hours per week that each student can work is dependent on the amount of work-study he received for the academic year. If a student received a WISE Work-Study or Federal Work-Study allocation of $3,000 for the semester, then he can work 10 Hours Per Week. The easiest way to calculate the number of hours per week is to use the following formula: [Work-Study Package] divide by  and then divide by .
Yes. As long has the total number of hours he works each week between all his job positions does not exceed the calculated number of Hours Per Week he is approved to work.
At Wabash College, we recommend openly supporting your son’s use of the Academic Centers for Excellence. Wabash students are known for setting high standards for themselves, and we are here to help your son develop the new skills needed to reach these high goals. Regardless if your son is an “A” student who wants to deepen his skills as he tackles more complex classes, or if your son has questions about arranging his schedule, questions about taking better notes, questions about mathematics, or questions about his writing, the Academic Centers for Excellence are here for your son.
All Wabash Men have equal access to the same support networks offered by Wabash College. All Wabash Men have a faculty advisor, have access to faculty, staff, and student organizations. The fraternities have their fraternity brothers and leaders, and the dorms have RAs (resident assistant), for in-housing support. Athletes have multiple coaches and teammates. If your son is not sure of who can best help, he can contact the Academic Centers for Excellence, and we will help him find the resources he needs to reach his goals.
The only times in which the Wabash College administration will require your son to use the Academic Centers for Excellence is in cases of academic probation or violations of Academic Honesty. The goal of Wabash College is to guide your son through his education and his growth into a Wabash Man. We know that each student is in a different stage on his way to becoming a responsible adult, and we want help him and guide him along. When your son arrives on Freshman Saturday, he becomes part of the Wabash Family. The faculty, staff, other students, and alumni genuinely care about him and his progress. We want him to succeed, so we actively look for ways to help him grow and learn through his time at Wabash College.
Rather than preparing you narrowly for one particular career, a liberal arts education prepares you for a wide variety of careers, including those that have not even been invented yet. Training leads to employment, but education leads to deep and meaningful personal development. Wabash College’s liberal arts curriculum provides both. The “liberal” in liberal arts has nothing to do with politics; it means that learning in this tradition liberates your mind.
In some fields this is true, but in most fields it is not true. People who are clear thinkers and effective communicators (skills honed in philosophy or rhetoric as well as or better than anywhere else) often end up as the employers or managers of those who have only specific technical skills. One estimate puts the average number of careers a person born after 1990 will have at ten (not ten different jobs in the same career, but ten different careers). A person with a broad, liberal arts education is uniquely equipped to thrive in such an economy, because the skills Wabash students develop are widely transferable and adaptable.
On the contrary, because Wabash has fewer students than large universities, more students get involved in the many opportunities we offer. There is no “back row” at Wabash. At larger schools, participation in theater is limited to drama majors, in music to music majors, and so on. At Wabash, however, the culture strongly encourages joining in at all entry-points across campus. You can start your own club with college funding, play a sport or two, join a fraternity, audition for your first play, or learn an instrument. The only impediments are the ones you impose on yourself. Wabash offers dual degree programs in engineering (Purdue, Washington, Columbia), law (Columbia), accounting (Kelley School of Business at Indiana University), and law scholarship programs with Indiana’s Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) and McKinney School of Law (Indianapolis) to increase the opportunities available to you.
The numbers speak for themselves: Wabash boasts a 10-year average medical school admission rate of 84% and nearly 80% admission rate to law school. For contrast, the national average medical school acceptance rate is 44.1% (aamc.org) and the law school acceptance rate is about 71%.
Every year hundreds of Wabash students travel across the globe to experience different cultures and to intensify their learning in Wabash classes. Students learn about, for example: the Mayan calendar and its relation to astronomy, and then visit Mayan ruins in Central America; or the Protestant Reformation begun by Luther, and then visit important Reformation sites in Germany; or the biological and political challenges to public health, and then visit places in Peru where those challenges are being met. Immersion courses, both international and domestic, put students in fascinating places where they learn with expert professors in conjunction with their Wabash credit bearing courses.
Wabash students stand out among job and graduate school applicants because their professors are able to recommend them with surprising specificity and depth. Students routinely collaborate with faculty on cutting-edge research and benefit from the mentoring such work requires. Wabash faculty members hold their students accountable in ways faculty at other schools cannot because the relationships are so close. These higher standards (impossible to have when students or faculty are “anonymous”) are good for everyone and lead to excellence.
Every department at Wabash has research opportunities for students, ranging from independent studies on topics of a student’s choosing, on the one hand, to participating in the major scientific work of a professor, on the other. Many students receive paid internships to spend their summer working with a professor. Others have helped faculty edit and produce scholarly work. The annual Celebration of Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work showcases the remarkable collaboration students and faculty do.
Everyone knows that men and women develop in different ways and at different rates. Other colleges are struggling to find ways that work to educate men, and in fact have great difficulty finding enough qualified young men for their incoming classes. But Wabash has been excellently educating men for decades. The kinds of things that work in educating men, such as intense challenges, problem-solving approaches to learning, and risk-taking, are less common in high school and co-ed college classrooms. The most important thing in your education is becoming a good man (including being able to answer the question of what a “good man” is); Wabash is a great place to continue that journey. Plentiful social opportunities exist, by the way, and have their time and place.