According to the 2013 guide, schools “qualify as Best Buys based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance” – or as the book also puts it, “outstanding academics with relatively modest prices.” With tuition and fees of under $28,000 for the 2012-13 academic year, Warren Wilson is rated as “inexpensive” in relation to other private colleges and universities in the selective guide.
In its narrative on the college, the Fiske guide notes, “Success at Warren Wilson is measured not only by grades, but by community service and a sense of stewardship…. Roots in the culture of Appalachia combine with a strong international and environmental orientation to give Warren Wilson its unique flavor.”
In addition to giving the college high marks for its academics, affordability and social life, the Fiske guide gives Warren Wilson the highest possible rating for its overall quality of life for undergraduate students.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges, first published in 1982, has been called “the best college guide you can buy” by USA Today.