Wilmington College (Ohio)

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Wilmington College
College Hall
College Hall
MottoNon saltu sed multis gradibus (Latin)
Motto in English
Not by a leap, but by many steps
Established1870; 151 years ago (1870)
Religious affiliation
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)[1]
Endowment$37.1M (2017)
PresidentTrevor M. Bates[2]
ProvostBlake Faulkner, Academic Affairs
Other students
139 (Cincinnati Branches)
Location, ,
United States

39°26′38″N 83°49′04″W / 39.4438889°N 83.8177778°W / 39.4438889; -83.8177778Coordinates: 39°26′38″N 83°49′04″W / 39.4438889°N 83.8177778°W / 39.4438889; -83.8177778
Athletics18 varsity teams (9 men's, 9 women's)
AffiliationsCIC, GCCCU, SOCHE, HLC
SportsNCAA Division IIIOAC

Wilmington College is a private college in Wilmington, Ohio.[3] It was established by Quakers in 1870 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[4]

Wilmington College is known for its Agriculture program (one of only two in Ohio), its Athletic Training program, and its Education program. In fall 2018, the College set an enrollment record, bringing in 450 new students for the academic year, totaling 1,103 students on Wilmington's main campus, and 139 students at Wilmington's two Cincinnati branches at Blue Ash and Cincinnati State.[5]


Wilmington College only offers undergraduate programs. The college's Watson Library[6] is a member of the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL)[7] consortium and the OhioLINK[8] consortium that provides an integrated catalog, e-resources, and more than 100 research databases.


Main campus[edit]

Academic buildings[edit]

  • College Hall (1869): Historic building present at Wilmington College's founding in 1870. Houses classrooms, faculty offices, offices of Admission, Financial Aid, the President's Office, and Academic Affairs. Added to National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
  • Bailey Hall (1908): Began as a science building for the college, and later renovated into student housing. Renovated to become home of the College's science programs once again temporarily during ongoing renovations to Kettering Hall.
  • S. Arthur Watson Library (1941): The College library, named for former College president S. Arthur Watson. The building is home to the college archives, OhioLink, OPAL, and study space for students.
  • Thomas R. Kelly Religious Center (1962): Kelly Religious Center houses the Campus Friends Meeting, The Office of Campus Ministry, faculty offices, classrooms, and the offices of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting.
  • Robinson Communication Center (1992): Houses the Academic Resource Center, computer labs, photography labs and studios, the Communication Arts Department, and student publication offices.
  • Oscar F. Boyd Cultural Arts Center (2005): Features David and June Harcum Art Gallery, the WC Theatre Department, 440-seat Hugh Heiland Theatre, Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse, and two-story academic wing with classrooms and faculty offices.
  • Center for Sport Sciences (2015): Houses the College's nationally recognized Athletic Training program, indoor and outdoor practice facilities for all athletic teams, and offices for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Beacon Orthopedics and Sport Medicine, and chiropractic offices.
  • Center for the Sciences & Agriculture: Includes the renovated 34,000 square-foot former Kettering Science Hall and a 13,500 square-foot addition. The facility hosts 10 classrooms, 10 laboratories, three research labs, two 100-seat lecture halls and 30 offices.

Peace Resource Center[edit]

The Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, established in 1975, plays a major role in furthering the peacemaking and reconciliation elements in the mission statement of the college, in large part through providing peace education materials, both locally and throughout the country. The PRC is known, in particular, for its Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection founded on the archives of Barbara Leonard Reynolds, which the college believes is "the world's largest collection (outside of Japan) of reference materials related to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." Reynolds' archives are also housed in part at the Earle and Akie Reynolds Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[9] The Peace Resource Center is also known for its ProjectTRUST camp (leadership and anti-bullying focus) for middle schoolers and Positive Discipline training for educators. The Center has been active in the Wilmington Community in establishing peer mediation in the local schools. In August 2010, the Peace Resource Center of Wilmington College hosted the National Peace Academy's 2010 Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive program on the theme of "Capacitating Community Peacebuilding."[10]

Residence halls[edit]

  • Denver Hall (1925): Historic residence hall for fifty students.
  • Marble Hall (1948): Residence hall built by students led by College president Samuel Marble. The building was dedicated with an Ohio Historical Marker in 2013.
  • Friends Hall (1955): Residence halls in the center of campus for men and women.
  • Austin Pickett Hall (1965): Two large joining buildings housing freshman residence halls.
  • Campus Village (1998): Apartment-style residence buildings
  • College Commons (2001): Townhouse units for upperclassmen

Greek life[edit]

Wilmington College recognizes thirteen Greek Letter Organizations: three national fraternities, three local fraternities, two national sororities and three local sororities, and two auxiliaries. This group of thirteen Greek organizations constitutes the membership of the Greek Council. Additionally, Wilmington College boasts several honor societies, some international in scope.[11]

Men's organizations[edit]

Active chapters in bold, inactive chapters italicized.
(NIC) indicates members of the North American Interfraternity Conference.
(NPHC) indicates members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

  • Sigma Zeta (ΣΖ), 1916 - local fraternity (not to be confused with the STEM honorary of the same name)
  • Tau Kappa Beta (ΤΚΒ), 1948 - local fraternity
  • Delta Theta Sigma (ΔΘΣ), 1983 - national, with agricultural affinity
  • Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ), 2008 - International fraternity
  • FarmHouse (FH), 2019 - international fraternity (NIC)
Gamma Phi Gamma (ΓΦΓ), 1907-2014 - local fraternity (Banned)
Phi Alpha Psi (ΦΑΨ), 1972-20xx - local fraternity (Inactive)
Iota Phi Theta (ΙΦΘ), 1984-20xx - international fraternity (NPHC and NIC) (Inactive)

Women's organizations[edit]

Active chapters in bold, inactive chapters italicized.
(NPC) indicates members of the National Panhellenic Conference.
(NPHC) indicates members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

  • Delta Omega Theta (ΔΩΘ), 1907 - local sorority
  • Alpha Phi Kappa (ΑΦΚ), 1921 - local sorority
  • Psi Beta Omega (ΨΒΩ), 1978 - local sorority
  • Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis (ΔΘΣ sisters), 1984 - auxiliary, operates as a sorority
  • Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts (ΦΑΨ sisters), 1985 - auxiliary, operates as a sorority
  • Kappa Delta (ΚΔ), 2009 - national sorority (NPC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ), 2017 - national sorority (NPHC)
Iota SweetHearts (ΙΦΘ sisters), 19xx-2014? - national auxiliary for ΙΦΘ

Honor societies[edit]

Active chapters in bold, inactive chapters italicized.
(ACHS) indicates members of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ), 1972-20xx - history honors (ACHS)


Wilmington College Quakers
UniversityWilmington College
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorTerry Rupert
LocationWilmington, Ohio
Varsity teams19
Football stadiumWilliams Stadium
Basketball arenaFred Raizk Arena at Hermann Court
Baseball stadiumTewksbury Delaney Field
NicknameFightin' Quakers
ColorsLime Green and Dark Green

Wilmington College athletic teams are known as the "Fightin' Quakers". Their colors are dark green and lime green. The Quakers compete at the NCAA Division III level and have been a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) since 2000.

Wilmington College offers nine men's teams and nine women's teams, including

Varsity football game at Williams Stadium.

Before becoming a member of the NCAA, Wilmington's teams competed in the NAIA. Wilmington was previously a member of the Association of Mideast Colleges from 1990 to 1996 and served as an independent until 1998. WC was in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1998 to 1999, before joining the OAC in 2000. Wilmington's conference opponents include: Baldwin Wallace University, Capital University, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, Marietta College, University of Mount Union, Muskingum University, Ohio Northern University, and Otterbein University.

National champions[edit]

Wilmington has had 6 individual National Champions, as well as one team National Championship.

  • Christian Patterson: 2014 NCAA Division III outdoor high-jump
  • Ashley Johnson: 2006 NCAA Division III polevault
  • Doreen Nagawa: 2005 NCAA Division III triple-jump
  • Emily Herring: 2004 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump
  • Women's Basketball: 2004 NCAA Division III National Champions
  • Jimmy Wallace: 2002 NCAA DIvision III Wrestling
  • Nyhla Rothwell: 1997 NCAA Division III indoor high-jump

National tournament appearances[edit]

  • Men's Basketball: '10, '14
  • Women's Basketball: '02, '03, '04, '07, '08
  • Men's Soccer: '80, '81, '82, '83, '84, '86, '87, '89, '96, '99, '00, '01, '04
  • Women's Soccer: '85, '86, '94, '00, '02, '03
  • Football: '80, '82, '83

Conference champions[edit]

  • Men's Basketball: '10, '14
  • Women's Basketball: '98, '99 '02, '03, '04, '07, '08
  • Men's Soccer: '99,'04
  • Women's Soccer: '00, '02, '03
  • Men's Track & Field: '01
  • Women's Track & Field: '99, '00, '01

Notable Quaker Athletics alumni[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "College Names Its 19th President: Trevor Bates Selected to Lead Wilmington College into the Future". Wilmington College (Press release). 28 October 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
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  5. ^ "It's Official! Wilmington College Sets Enrollment Records". Wilmington. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
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  8. ^ "Homepage - OhioLINK". www.ohiolink.edu. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Wilmington College: Peace Resource Center". Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  10. ^ "National Peace Academy". Nationalpeaceacademy.us. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
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