Steps to Orientation: Fall 2024

Congratulations again on your acceptance to Warren Wilson College. Your admission is a reflection of your hard work and shared values. We’re excited to work with you on the next steps – you can find all the details below for securing your place in the class with a deposit as well as making sure you’re all set to receive need-based financial aid!

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All the Details

  1. Newly Admitted?

    If you’ve been accepted to Warren Wilson and are ready to commit, please pay your $300 enrollment deposit online as soon as possible. Your deposit is nonrefundable and will go straight to your first semester’s bill. Note that you will need to have or setup your WWC Admissions Portal login. Can’t get your login to work? Email us and we’ll be glad to help.

    Once you’ve logged in, fill out the Offer of Admission Reply Form (if you haven’t already). After that, you will see a new item on your Application Status Page that says, “Enrollment Deposit – Submit Payment for $307.80 USD,” which is where you can pay online with a credit card. (The additional $7.80 is a 2.6% processing fee for credit card payments.)

    ​​​​​​​You can also send a check in the mail made payable to: Warren Wilson College. Send it to:

    Office of Admission
    PO Box 9000
    Asheville, NC 28815-9000

    Please put the student’s name on the memo section of the check. You’ll receive a confirmation email when we receive it.

  2. Complete Your Financial Aid

    Complete the FAFSA, and (if applicable) verification process and/or North Carolina residency determination. (Domestic students only – International students do not need to complete a FAFSA.)

    • If you have not completed the FAFSA, you will only be eligible for merit-based scholarships.  If you would like to apply for need-based aid, including federal, state, and institutional aid, then you must complete a FAFSA.
    • If you are selected for FAFSA verification, you must complete that process before you receive a final financial aid offer.  Note the verification process can can take weeks — don’t procrastinate!
    • North Carolina residents must complete and be approved for NC residency on the state NC Residency Determination Service (RDS) website before being eligible for NC need-based aid and the Warren Wilson College NC Free Tuition program.
    • If you’re accepting your students loans, you must complete all loan paperwork before funds can be disbursed.
    • For help, contact the Financial Aid Office (phone or text) (828) 771-2082 or email

  3. Setup Your WWC Login Credentials and Email

    Once we have processed your deposit, your new network and email accounts are created within 24 hours. When your account is created, your WWC username and temporary password are emailed to you (if not, get in touch). This is a different username and password from the one you use for the applicant portal!

    New students who deferred from a previous term may have already completed some or all of these steps.

    Need help? – email us at

    Setup your WWC Email

    Go to (or you can just go to Gmail).

    Your username for email and Google resources is the same as your email address, for example:

    If you see a ‘Sign in’ screen here asking you to enter an email address to login, then continue to the next step.  If you’re already signed in to Google with a personal email, then sign out.  Note: If you’re using Chrome and want to access multiple Google accounts at once, you can add a new profile. Search “Add a person to Chrome” to find out more.

    Use your full email address (your user and your new permanent password (the one you setup in the steps above) to sign in.

    Check your email regularly.

    If you are having problems, or if you have not received your login credentials, then please email

  4. Register for New Student Orientation

    All incoming students are required to register for New Student Orientation. The Warren Wilson community and the New Student Orientation team look forward to welcoming you to campus on Thursday, August 22nd. Family Orientation will take place in the afternoon of August 22nd and the student specific Orientation program begins on Friday morning.

    To make the Check-In process run as smoothly as possible, please see the information at the end of this survey about scheduled Check-In times based on LAST NAME.

    Take a few minutes to fill out the questions in THIS FORM so we can best prepare for your arrival on campus and welcome you to the Warren Wilson community. You must be logged into your student admissions portal to complete this form.

    Once you have registered for New Student Orientation, the NSO team will follow up with a confirmation email that includes a link to upload a photo for your Warren Wilson ID Card. Students who submit an approved photo before August 1st will be able to skip the lines and pick up your ID card when you arrive for Orientation Check In!

    Should you have any questions or concerns regarding New Student Orientation, please get in touch with or (828) 771-3800. 

    Visit the New Student Programs page for more information about Pre-Orientation Programs New Student & Family Orientation including important dates, schedules and more!

  5. Register for a Pre-Orientation Program (Optional)

    Taking place August 17th – 21st, Pre-Orientation Programs are your first opportunity to connect with other incoming students, Warren Wilson’s campus, and the amazing activities and culture Western North Carolina has to offer. As a participant, you will build long-lasting connections with fellow classmates, learn about the WWC campus and important resources, explore surrounding areas, and gain valuable skills through hands-on experiences.

    Pre-O students arrive early to campus for an exciting 4 day experience! Check-in will take place on Saturday, August 17th (participants will receive more information about the specific check-in time once accepted into a program). Once checked in, students will move into their first-year housing assignments. Space is limited to 10-12 participants depending on the program. Meals and transportation during the programs are included! Partial scholarships are available via the application website.

    Space is limited, apply now!

    Application Information

    Please visit the Pre-Orientation Programs website at for more information about our programs, what programs we’re offering this year, and the application process. A deposit of $50 will be due upon application submission.

    Visit the New Student Programs page for more information about Pre-Orientation Programs as well as New Student & Family Orientation including important dates, schedules and more!

  6. Accept or Decline Your Loan Offer in the Financial Aid Portal

    (Domestic Students Only) If you haven’t already done so, log in to your Financial Aid Portal account to accept or decline your Loan offer and view any pending requirements needed to finalize your financial aid. Your financial aid cannot be applied to your student account bill until you accept OR decline each of your loan offer(s).All grants, scholarships, need-based aid, and Warren Wilson work funds have been accepted on your behalf.

    Warren Wilson does not require students to accept student loans; they are an option to help cover educational expenses. If a student accepts Federal Student Loans as a portion of their financial aid, they are required to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at before the loan will show on the student’s billing statement. Please log in to the Financial Aid Portal for more details.

  7. Let Us Know About Outside Scholarships

    Send any documentation for outside scholarships that you have been offered to the Financial Aid Office.

    Attn: Financial Aid Office
    PO BOX 9000, CPO 6342
    Asheville, NC 28815-9000

    For questions regarding your Financial Aid Offer or affordability options please contact the Financial Aid Office at or call (828) 771-2082.

  8. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    Complete FERPA for Warren Wilson in your MyWWC portal. If a student would like to give someone other than themselves permission to access their financial aid and student billing accounts, they must complete the FERPA. Complete this before the first day of regular class.

  9. Complete Your Health Insurance Waiver

    This form opens for students enrolling for Fall 2024 on June 7.

    All students are required to have health insurance to attend college, and Warren Wilson enrolls you in a CIGNA plan and adds the charge of $2,101 to your bill. CIGNA health insurance provides coverage from 8/1/24 to 7/31/25. CIGNA is the insurance company, and Wellfleet is the plan administrator (for managing benefits, claims, and communications).

    If you have health insurance already through a parent or guardian, you must fill out the waiver to cancel enrollment and reverse the $2,101 charge for our student health insurance.

    • Starting June 7th, go to
    • Choose Waive and then Waive Online. Follow the instructions to create an account.
    • Make sure to use your WWC email address, and you will need your WWC student ID number.
    • Enter your insurance information (you will need to upload a picture of your insurance card).
    • Waiving in the Fall will waive coverage for the entire year.
    • It takes a few days for the insurance company to process the waiver. It’s a good idea to check back in and verify that the waiver has been processed.
    • Make sure you receive email confirmation to your WWC email address from Wellfleet that your waiver was approved.
    • If the charge is not removed from your Student Account within 5 business days then your waiver has not been approved. Log into your Wellfleet account to complete the waiver process.

    We recommend completing the waiver by August 16 to allow for processing time. The charge will not be reversed after September 1. For more information, email or call (828) 771-3800.

    NOTE: All questions regarding issues with Wellfleet’s portal and/or reasons for a waiver denial need to be directed to Wellfleet’s Customer Service line at (877) 657-5030.

    NOTE: Completing the Health Insurance Waiver (above) will reverse the charge for student health insurance.

  10. Send Us Your Official Admission Documents

    Curious about what required admission documents you’re missing? You can view the checklist of required admission documents on your Application Status Page. You will need to have or set up your WWC Admissions Portal login. Can’t get your login to work? Drop us a line and we’ll be glad to help.

    Here is the list of required admission documents:

    • Final, official transcript showing proof of high school graduation
    • Official AP scores
    • IB scores
    • Final, official college/university transcripts (if dual enrolled or a Transfer Student)

    Paper documents can be sent to:

    Office of Admissions
    Warren Wilson College
    PO Box 9000
    Asheville, NC 28815-9000

    Electronic documents can be emailed to or delivered via a secure transfer service.

  11. Complete the Housing Application & Select a Meal Plan

    Residence Life

    Warren Wilson offers a variety of different living arrangements for new students, including some interesting themed communities within the residence halls. Learn more here about residence life and themed housing, and find out about our residence halls.

    Your Roommate & Housing Assignment

    As a new student, you are assigned a room by Residence Life but you are able to select your own roommate. If you do not select a roommate one will be selected for you based on your responses to the Room Selection Survey located in your Housing Application. The survey will ask you about your habits, preferences, interests, and lifestyle.

    Single Rooms & Housing Accommodations

    There are a limited number of Housing Accommodation Single (occupancy) Rooms available for students with medical, psychological, psychiatric, mobility, visual or hearing impairment related conditions, whose conditions prohibit the student from living with a roommate.

    Housing Accommodations are not part of the Housing Application process – these are handled by our Disability Access Committee. Please find more information here.

    Renter’s Insurance

    We highly recommend that all students cover their belongings with a renter’s insurance policy. Some parents/families may be able to claim their student’s belongings while at college on their homeowner’s insurance policies as well.

    Select a Meal Plan

    The cost listed below includes a standard, double-occupancy room. Note that North Carolina Sales Tax is charged on meal plans, per NC Statute – tax details are available in the application linked below. “Hoot Loot” is the Wilson version of flexible dollars that can be used for our on-campus coffee shop.

    Plan Cost Gladfelter Cowpie Hoot Loot
    PREMIUM Meal Plan $6,725 / semester Unlimited Meals 1 Scan / Meal $240 Loot
    PLUS Meal Plan $6,615 / semester Unlimited Meals 1 Scan / Meal $130 Loot
    OPEN DINING Meal Plan $6,525 / semester Unlimited Meals 1 Scan / Meal $40 Loot

    Complete Your Application

    Once you’re ready, complete the Residence Life Housing Application by logging into your Admissions Portal (note this is not your Email or myWWC login credentials – these are the username and password you used to access your admission application status portal – this will be your personal email address and not your WWC email).

  12. Complete the Pet Application (Required for Pets)

    Want to bring your furry, feathered, or scaly friend with you to College?

    Learn more about our pet policy

    Apply to bring your pet

  13. Complete Your Student Health Records

    You must be logged into your Warren Wilson College Google account before you can access these forms – we recommend you use a computer and not a phone.

    Student Health Record

    Before you begin, make sure that you have a digital/scanned copy of your Immunization History ready to upload.

    Don’t delay! You may need to visit your doctor before this can be completed, and the Student Health Record is required before you can start classes.

    Complete your Student Health Record online.

    Medical Exemptions:

    The form will ask you to provide approved documentation from a licensed physician.

    Religious Exemptions:

    The form displays a copy of the North Carolina Immunization Law, North Carolina General Statute 130A-157 for you to read and electronically sign.

    Please email with any questions.

  14. Complete Your New Student Advising Workbook

    The New Student Advising Workbook will help your Pre-Major faculty Advisor (PMA) get to know more about who you are, including your motivations, background, and goals for your first year at the college.

    Completing this workbook is your first step in the Advising & Registration process.

    First Year students are required to take a First Year Seminar (FYS) class in their first semester at WWC. This workbook will prompt you to select your top 3 FYS choices. The FYS course is a key component of Warren Wilson’s first-year experience and is a signature experiential learning seminar-style course to help support successful transition to college. Your First Year Seminar instructor will be your assigned PMA.

    You can read the First-Year Seminar Course descriptions and faculty bios here.

    Note, If you are a transfer student you will not be taking a First Year Seminar. If you are a first-year student arriving with 24 or more credits (about 8 college classes), you must submit your FYS selections, but you may petition to opt out of taking a First Year Seminar Class. You will have to explore this option with your Pre-Major Advisor in your first advising meeting.

    Start your Advising Workbook
    We recommend completing this form on a computer rather than a smartphone!

  15. Take Your Placement Tests

    At Warren Wilson College, we use placement tests to help determine the best level for you to begin your academic coursework. These tests are used to measure where you are right now. It’s important you take them seriously, but don’t feel pressure to study or prepare too much. Basically, we want a snapshot of where you are, so we know where you should start. These placement tests are hosted on our e-learning platform called Moodle. You will need to login to Moodle using your WWC username and password (refer to the instructions in the step above).

    Math Placement Exam

    Do you plan to study Calculus at Warren Wilson College?  You might do this because you are planning to study Data Science, Biology, Biochemistry, or simply because Calculus is wonderful!  If so, you need to take the Math Placement Exam so that we know, and you know, which level you should begin with.

    A Math Placement Exam is >only required for registration for Mat 2410 Calculus I or Mat 2420 Calculus II.

    LENGTH: Designed for 1 hour, however 2.5 hours are allowed. Must be completed in one sitting.

    NOTE: Have pencil and paper on hand. Exam should be completed without a calculator.


    Chemistry Placement Exam

    Do you plan to study science at Warren Wilson? This could include majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, or Sustainable Agriculture. If so, you must take this test unless you are transferring in General Chemistry credit.

    LENGTH: 80 minutes long and must be completed in one sitting.


    Spanish Placement Exam

    Do you plan to take Spanish or study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country while at Warren Wilson?

    If you have studied Spanish in high school, or speak it at home, you need to take this test. Register with your WWC email address. Please know that you may only take the test once.

    LENGTH: Untimed

    NOTE: The test’s password is: wwcollege


    *Warren Wilson’s Moodle system will be offline for scheduled maintenance from June 10th until June 12th. You will not be able to take placement tests during this time.

  16. Register for an Online Group Advising Session

    Group Advising Sessions are a critical step in registering for classes for the fall! With other incoming students, you will learn how to navigate the myWWC platform, search the course schedule to find classes of interest, and how to register.

    Please register for the session you would like to attend using this link.

    After you have attended a group session, you will meet 1:1 with your assigned Pre-Major Faculty Advisor to discuss your interests, select specific courses, and receive registration clearance. Your New Student Advising Workbook will be shared with your Pre-Major Advisor prior to your 1:1 meeting.

  17. Complete Your Work Crew Application (Opens June 1)
    • Log into your myWWC account using your WWC login credentials without (Example username: wwilson.f24) You must set up your login before you can access crew opportunities.
    • Open Positions are posted on the Handshake platform, which can be accessed on the Student Employment Opportunities page of myWWC.
      • Here are the steps for logging into Handshake and navigating to the page to explore the available positions that interest you.
    • Begin the online application process by selecting a job on Handshake and completing the external application.
    • When asked “Have you attended Warren Wilson College before?” on the external application make sure that you choose, “No. This will be my first semester at WWC.”
    • We recommend that you apply to at least 3 crews that interest you!
    • Crew supervisors will be in touch with you after you apply to schedule brief interviews (they will contact you at your WWC email address).

    The Work Program Office will send out official work offers via students’ WWC email address.

    Here are some important dates you should know:

    June 1st – Fall Applications Open – Crew positions are opened to Incoming Student applicants!
    June 21st – Early Bird Application Deadline – To have the widest selection of open positions, apply before this deadline.
    July 5th – Round One Applicant Review – Supervisors will begin reaching out to students who have applied by this deadline first.
    July 19th – Round Two Applicant Review – Supervisors who still have open positions to fill will reach out to applicants.
    July 26th – Fall Applications Close – This is the final date by which Incoming Students can apply to crews!
    August 2nd – Confirmation of Work Offers – Deadline by which students need to confirm job offers.

  18. Pay Your First Semester Bill

    In June you will receive a billing packet in the mail that provides you with a statement for your first semester along with helpful instructions about ensuring your financial aid is applied, payment plans, and payment options. You can also find additional information on applying for payment plans, making payments, and due dates on the Accounting Resources page. (You can download a PDF of the billing packet, but it will not include your personal statement.)