International Students


Wilson College welcomes international students to our beautiful campus in south-central Pennsylvania. With rigorous academics, small classes and a safe environment, Wilson College has long been a popular choice among students outside the United States. Five percent of our current undergraduates are international students and our increasingly diverse faculty benefits all students.  Wilson has a strong commitment to diversity and respect for people representing many nationalities, religions, and races. Our college has been recognized as a top Bachelor's degree institution in the region for international students by US News & World Reports America's Best College. 

korean student drawing studioFounded in 1869, Wilson is located in the charming town of Chambersburg, amid rural countryside but within 160 kilometers of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Our 121-hectare campus is graced by rolling lawns and historic buildings on the banks of the Conococheague Creek. The safety of the Chambersburg community is enhanced by our secure residence halls, which are locked at all times. Housing in one of our seven residence halls is guaranteed for four years.

Academic offerings include more than 40 premier programs in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, as well as the opportunity to customize a major. All students have the opportunity to participate in internships, the Washington Center program, study abroad and research projects. Students can be active in more than 20 student-led organizations, five women's and four men's NCAA Division III sports and on-campus equestrian programs. International students receive the support of special advisers, English as a Second Language and American culture classes, and the Friendly Family program, which matches students with families in the local community.

At the beginning of freshman year, both international and American students quickly learn that Wilson College is their second home. A 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, personalized learning environment and foundational honor principle add up to a strong community of powerful students preparing to make real contributions to our global society.

Academic Life

Wilson’s small student to faculty ratio (11:1) fosters a personalized learning environment that stimulates individual growth and academic excellence. The College is privileged to be one of only 270 colleges in the United States that has a Phi Beta Kappa chapter – a national premier honor society. Academic offerings include more than 40 areas of study in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. All students have the opportunity to participate in internships, the Washington Center program for a semester or summer, study abroad and research projects

Campus Resources

International students receive the support of the International Student & Scholar Services office (ISSS), as well as English as a Second Language classes as needed. Financial aid is available for academically talented international students. Student life offers more than 40 student-led organizations that focus on academics, athletics, government/leadership, publications, special interests, such as the international club, and social activities. Athletes may choose from five NCAA Division III teams; field hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball for women and soccer, basketball, golf and volleyball for men.

There is guaranteed on-campus housing for full-time students. All residence halls are locked at all times; only residential students have the key to their building.



Wilson is located in Chambersburg, a historic and charming town in south central Pennsylvania. Chambersburg is centrally located 97 miles (156km) from Baltimore, MD, 96 miles (155km) from Washington, DC, and within easy driving distance of Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA. Wilson’s beautiful 300-acre (121.5 hectares) campus is safe and secure and includes gracious lawns and rolling hills on the banks of the Conococheague Creek.

Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Ave.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
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