Men’s colleges “afford the sons of an astonishing number of diverse families the opportunity to attend places that are focused explicitly on assisting students with their journey from boyhood, to guyhood, to manhood.” – A New York Times opinion piece entitled, “The Success of All-Male Schools.”
Wabash College is one of the country’s four male-only, non-religious, liberal arts colleges (should you be curious, the other three are Georgia’s Morehouse College, Virginia’s Hampden-Sydney College, and California’s Deep Springs College). Founded in 1832, its first faculty member, Caleb Mills, was a graduate of Dartmouth College. The founders and Mr. Mills worked to ensure that “the school was patterned after the conservative liberal arts colleges of New England, with their high standards.”
The college has a reputation for strong academics, including an emphasis on “critical thinking, careful judgment, and effective communication” across its departments. Speaking of which, when you hear the terms “Division 1, Division II, and Division III”, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) may come to mind. In reference to Wabash College’s academics, however, these terms denote the different groups into which departments are categorized. Division I includes the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics & Computer Science, and Physics; Division II encompasses Art, Languages & Literature (both classical and modern), English, Music, Philosophy, Theater, Religion, and Rhetoric; and Division III is home to Economics, History, Political Science, the Education Studies Program, and Psychology. Among these, students may choose from 25 majors, and also a variety of minors. In order to graduate, all seniors, beyond meeting other requirements, must also pass “a written comprehensive examination in his major field” and an oral examination with a three-professor committee.
Now, in case (after all the talk of divisions, above) you’re wondering, Wabash athletes / the Little Giants compete in the NCAA’s Division III – the school has produced more than 270 All-Americans! Along these sporty lines, I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know about the Monon Bell Classic, a football rivalry between Wabash College and DePauw University that dates back to 1932, when the bell was first introduced. Wabash has won the last seven games and is also ahead in the overall rankings, 41-37-6. Over the years there have been a number of bell heists (no small feat given that the bell weighs about 300 pounds!), including the famous Operation Frijoles, in 1965, which was written about in a Sports Illustrated article, “Pranks For the Memories – A Brief History of Harmless Mischief”. To learn more about the rivalry, click here!
Some other interesting attributes of Wabash College?
- They say that at Wabash there is only one rule, the Gentleman’s Rule: “The student is expected to conduct himself at all times, both on and off campus, as a gentleman and responsible citizen.”
- Of over 1,000 schools, payscale.com ranked Wabash 50th for Best Universities & Colleges by Salary Potential. The college also does relatively well on its College Scorecard report, for instance, ranking well above the national average on the share of students who return after their first year, graduation rate, and students paying down their debt. Also of note here is that 24% of students hail from families earning less than $40,000, so the college can be proud of the socioeconomic diversity in its student body.
- The Liberal Arts Plus program includes co-curricular initiatives that “cross disciplines to educate Wabash men to critically lead, think, and live humanely.”
- There are nine national fraternities at the college. The first was established in 1846, and most fraternity members live in their respective houses throughout their undergraduate studies. To learn more about Greek life (and residential life) at Wabash, click here.
- The college offers immersion learning trips that are free for students – “Faculty can apply for grants to take their class to locations that will bring home the ideas and concepts discussed in the classroom. Recent class trips included Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denver, south Florida and Chicago.” Cool!
- Aptly-named The Bachelor, the college’s student paper is published every Friday and has been “the student voice of Wabash since 1908”!
For more information about the college, click here – and if you’re impressed by all that you’ve read here, definitely take the time to visit Wabash’s admissions page. As they proudly say at Wabash College, “It won’t be easy. It will be worth it!”