Wabash College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Wabash College, a private 4-year college is located in Crawfordsville, IN, about 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Founded in 1832 as The Wabash Teachers Seminary and Manual Labor College by several Dartmouth College graduates, the name was shortened in 1851 to its present identity. Wabash College holds the distinction of being one of only three remaining Men’s colleges in the country. The 60 acre campus has a suburban/small town feel to it; the school is composed of several buildings featuring traditional collegiate red brick architecture. There is an abundance of trees, providing shade and much green space on campus. Crawfordsville, founded during American western expansion, is currently the home of the world’s first thin-slab casting “minimill” (a steel manufacturing plant that recycles scrap steel using an electric arc-furnace).

Academic Programs

Wabash College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees in over 20 majors. Noted for Teacher Education, the largest programs on campus are in Social Sciences and History. The school’s curriculum is divided into three separate divisions: Division I, representing the natural sciences, Division II, representing the humanities and arts, and Division III representing social sciences. Degrees are awarded after Seniors take a comprehensive exam in their major subject over three days composed of two days of written exams and one day of oral exam. Per the Mission Statement, “Wabash offers qualified young men a superior education, fostering, in particular, independent intellectual inquiry, critical thought, and clear written and oral expression… Wabash also challenges its students to appreciate the changing nature of the global society and prepares them for the responsibilities of leadership and service in it… The College seeks to cultivate qualities of character and leadership in students by developing not only their analytic skills, but also sensitivity to values, and judgment and compassion required of citizens living in a difficult and uncertain world.”

Student Life

There are over 900 undergraduate students enrolled in Wabash College, most of whom live on campus in one of the five residence halls or apartments. Nearly half of all incoming freshmen pledge to one of the nine fraternities on campus. There are several clubs on campus, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the scarlet Little Giants, led by Wally Wabash, field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Each Fall, the school participates in the Monon Bell Classic – football rivalry with DePauw University ranked among the best rivalries in college sport. Through their college career, students are exposed to the Core Values of Wabash College: a rigorous liberal arts education that fosters an appreciation for the intellectual and physical aspects of a good life; a personal context to teaching and learning that encourages freedom of thought; individual responsibility and trust that are based on moral and ethical awareness; a socially, economically, and ethnically diverse student body characterized by a dedication to the serious pursuit of learning; a culture of competition without malice and a tradition and philosophy of independence that promotes independence and self-reliance in its students and graduates .

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