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President’s Welcome


Wilmington College combines the best traditions and qualities of a liberal arts education with a deep commitment to prepare students for the world of work or advanced study. We believe the integration of the liberal arts with career preparation strikes the right balance and provides an excellent foundation for leading lives of success and service in the 21st century.

Jim ReynoldsWilmington College also believes in a values-based education. Wilmington is not only concerned about our students’ academic development, but their moral and spiritual growth as well. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) founded the College in 1870, welcoming persons of all faiths, races, and cultures. The College remains committed to that spirit of inclusion and continues to embrace such Quaker values as consensus-based decision making, humanitarian service, respect for all persons, international awareness, peace, and social justice. While these values come to us from our Quaker affiliation, they are truly universal and many denominations and cultures embrace them.

Through a varied curriculum and an array of co-curricular activities, students learn and grow, both inside and outside the classroom. They encounter a first-rate faculty and a caring staff who are dedicated and devoted to delivering education and providing services in a personal and supportive manner. Wilmington College is definitely student-centered.

There’s much evidence to suggest that our educational programs, co-curricular activities, and deeply held values contribute to success and significant achievement. A few examples include:

Receiving the accreditation gold standard from the Higher Learning Commission – a maximum 10-year accreditation renewal with no interim reports required

Having several faculty members named Fulbright Scholars

Winning the NCAA Division III national championship in women’s basketball and six individual national champions

Building a Habitat for Humanity house with student, faculty and staff labor, and being awarded an AmeriCorps*VISTA program that created the nationally acclaimed Grow Food, Grow Hope initiative.

We are proud of these and other indicators that Wilmington College is fulfilling its mission and transforming students’ lives.

Wilmington College offers a distinctive educational experience. By incorporating the best traditions of the liberal arts, by integrating career preparation activities, and by instilling important values inherited from our Quaker founders, we prepare students to make a living, a life, and a difference and equip them to contribute positively to their professions and in their communities.

I thank you for visiting us on our Web site and for exploring the opportunities Wilmington College has to offer. If you are a prospective student, the very best way to learn about Wilmington is to visit the campus and get to know the friendly people here. We look forward to your visit and to the possibility of your joining the Wilmington family.


Jim Reynolds