Wilson College

Wilson College

Wilson College was established in 1869 by Rev. James W. Wightman, and Rev. Tryon Edwards. It was named in honor of its benefactor, Sarah Wilson. This private, liberal arts institute for women has a 300-acre campus in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Wilson College offers more than 25 majors, and over 30 minors. Students can choose from courses in accounting, elementary education, veterinary medical technology, environmental studies, foreign language, equestrian studies, sports science, fine arts, and international studies as well as others.

The athletics teams of Wilson College, which are known as the Phoenix, participate in field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, basketball, tennis, and gymnastics. The college's athletics department is a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Ave
Chambersburg , PA 17201-1285
General Phone: (717) 264-4141

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Wilson College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Medical Support and Technology23veterinary assistant
Business and Management18business management, accounting, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts11French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, international relations, sociology
Animal Science and Care9equestrian studies
Education and Teaching8elementary school teaching, early childhood education
Therapy and Counseling8behavioral sciences, psychology, psychobiology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6exercise science, rehabilitation
Science4biology, chemistry
Art Studies3art studies
Religion and Philosophy3religion, philosophy and religious studies
Law1legal assistant
Media1mass communication
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Wilson College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree8925
Associate's degree1010

Wilson College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wilson College had a total enrollment of 724 students (526 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 18%
20-21 17%
22-24 14%
25-29 13%
30-34 9%
35-39 10%
40-49 13%
50-64 4%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)6%
New Jersey5%
New York2%
West Virginia2%
New Hampshire1%
North Carolina1%

Wilson College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %
Part-Time 100 %

Wilson College Room and Board (2007)

Wilson College offers campus housing for 500 of its 526 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Wilson College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460550
SAT Math420540
SAT Writing430540
ACT Composite1822

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT79%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT21%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Wilson College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,900
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,900
Room and board $ 8,630
Room charge $ 4,470
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,160
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
Wilson College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 339600)

Wilson College Faculty

Wilson College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year2*5$68,315
Associate professoracademic year9$56,5596$56,419
Assistant professoracademic year8$52,0347$50,520
Instructoracademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year19$55,84820$55,724

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Wilson College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Other

Wilson College Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Wilson College Apart:

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% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Number of degree programs
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Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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% of degrees in animal science and care
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% students 40 years or older
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Top 19%Wilson College % students 40 years or older
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 19%Wilson College Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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