Wilder Bowl is the heart of campus, a large, open grassy area surrounded by trees and dotted by benches. Almost every student walks through it daily to get to class. Much of the campus comes here to hang out, join a drum circle, play hacky sack, toss a Frisbee, read, or enjoy a bit of the area sunshine.
Each Friday in late spring and early fall, Wilder Bowl is the site of TGIF, a campuswide celebration featuring light refreshments and music, often with a live jazz band. The event attracts a large contingent of campus members as TGIF offers a relaxing atmosphere. In the beginning of the academic year, college members may participate in an all-campus photo shoot.
Bordering Wilder Bowl are the Wilder Student Union, Mudd Center (the main library), the King Building, and Rice Hall. The Cox Administration Building, home of the Office of the President, is along the periphery, as is Dascomb Hall, a residence hall with a dining room, and Warner Center, a former gymnasium that is now a space for the theater and dance program.