Fall 2016 Enrollment
350 undergraduate students
75% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
98% of students are from out of state
2016-2017 Academic Year
66 full-time faculty
49 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio
94% of first year students live on campus
72% of all students live on campus
Prescott, Arizona—set in central Arizona in the historic city of Prescott, 90 miles northwest of Phoenix.
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RETENTION FALL 2016
71% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 YEAR GRADUATION RATE 2016
49% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2016
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Prescott College is a small private liberal arts college with a strong emphasis on experiential education and environmental and social responsibility.
Adventure Education; Arts and Letters; Education/Teacher Certification (Elementary, Secondary); Environmental Studies; Humanities; Cultural & Regional Studies; Human Development.
Prescott College is an evolving experiment in rejecting hierarchical thinking for collaboration and teamwork as the cornerstone of learning. This is an educational institution that puts students at the center in everything it does and is.
Prescott College is driven by a philosophy of experiential education or “learning by doing” and a mission to graduate society’s leaders for the 21st century who will be needed to solve the world's growing environmental and social problems.
Students are empowered at Prescott, especially because faculty view students as co-creators of their educational experience rather than as consumers.
At Prescott College the combination of field-based and interactive classroom learning encourages a bond between people and the College places a high value on students being functioning and contributing members of the College community. Students opinions matter and they have many ways to be involved in the life of the College and in every aspect of running the College.
Every student has the opportunity to design their own degree program from the ground up and in every course a student negotiates a learning contract with his or her professor that covers what they expect to learn and how they will be evaluated.
- The Southwest is seen as a classroom at Prescott. Students use the region as an educational tool in a number of ways, including participating in expeditionary courses, studying at a field station, and developing community partnerships. Students in all disciplines—arts and letters/humanities, environmental studies, outdoor/adventure education, education, human development, and cultural and regional studies—integrate classroom learning and real-world experience.
- The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies in Sonora Mexico is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California, one of the most remote and unexplored seas in the world today. At the field station, students have quality educational opportunities and engage in cooperative research. Throughout the academic year, courses are held at the Kino Bay Center in academic areas such as marine studies, resource conservation and management, cultural studies, Latin American studies, and writing.
- Through the college’s partnership with local schools, Prescott students can obtain hands-on experience in educational settings such as public, private, Waldorf, Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, and other charter schools. Prescott students assist classroom teachers, design lessons, observe classroom dynamics, and tutor individual students, all while immersed in an active school setting.
- The Wilderness Orientation Program—a three-week, backcountry excursion for all incoming students to the Resident Degree Program—welcomes new students to Prescott College, guiding them through the philosophies and processes of the college by using experiential education, community building, and self-direction in the remote, natural environment of the Southwest. On average, 90 percent of first-year and transfer students participate in this program, which builds lifelong friendships. Other options are offered to incoming students who are unable to hike.
- Prescott College’s Jenner Farm is a thirty-acre experimental agroecology farm dedicated to education, demonstration, and research. Located fifteen miles north of Prescott, the farm gives students in agroecology a chance to experiment with water irrigation technologies, drought-tolerant and adapted crops, specialty crops, and fertility-generating rotations.
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At Prescott College students can explore the border between the United States and Mexico, work in a charter school, and conduct research at the college’s own marine research center or pursue any of the countless other experiential learning opportunities spread across the innovative interdisciplinary curriculum.
Learn by doing
- Since its founding in 1966, the college has been driven by a philosophy of experiential education and a mission to graduate society’s leaders for the twenty-first century, leaders who will be needed to solve the world’s growing environmental and social problems. Independent-minded students with a sense of adventure will find that Prescott College offers a uniquely challenging educational experience based on close collaboration with the faculty. At Prescott College the undeniable common denominators that have endured the test of time have been commitments to authentic adventure and travel, field-based activities, and experiential learning in its simplest and purest form: learning by doing.
- Actively shape your education. Students are empowered at Prescott, especially because faculty view students as co-creators of their educational experience rather than as consumers. Prescott stresses self-direction within an interdisciplinary curriculum. Every student collaborates with faculty advisers in the design of their own degree program and in every course, students negotiate a learning contract with their professors, which covers what students expect to learn and how they will be evaluated.
- Professors who engage, guide, and mentor. Small class sizes, a student to faculty ratio of seven to one, and a high level of interaction between students and faculty are characteristic of Prescott. Almost every class at Prescott has a strong experiential learning component that takes students out of the classroom, so much so that there are more vans on campus than classrooms.
- Bring learning to life. Every student must complete a senior project/capstone experience. Senior projects have ranged from writing novels to developing classes to starting schools. One student co-founded a nonprofit organization that places the pets of families suffering from domestic violence with specially trained foster families. The Ripple Project helps match student interests with community needs to develop meaningful senior projects, including facilitating collaborations with organizations such as AmeriCorps.
- Prepare to make a living making a difference. Research often happens under the mentorship of faculty or community experts. For many years now, students have engaged in research on the fire, woodlands, and riparian ecology of the Southwest, working alongside environmental studies faculty member Lisa Floyd-Hanna. Fire ecology classes have worked with Prescott National Forest Service researchers on several projects, including examining core samples of Ponderosa pines to understand how local fire cycles changed after settlers populated the region. Another project included observing the results of the reduced occurrence of ground fires, which help replenish nutrients, and studied the risk of the catastrophic crown fires that spread along treetops. Snow and avalanche studies, border studies, and film making for social change are a few of the many interesting subjects students might find themselves studying at Prescott.
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CLASS SIZE BREAKDOWN
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When your college experience begins with a three week backpacking trip in the wilderness of the southwest a strong sense of community and fellowship is almost sure to follow.
Shared experiences and a shared sense of purpose
- At Prescott College the combination of field-based and interactive classroom learning encourages a bond between people, and the college places a high value on students being functioning and contributing members of the college community. Students’ opinions matter, and there are a number of ways for students to be involved every aspect of running the college.
- Surrounded by 1,408,000 acres of national forest and more than 796 miles of trails, Prescott College is a haven of natural beauty. Students can participate in a number of outdoor activities, including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and nearby canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and snow skiing. Students tend to be environmentally conscious and show a deep appreciation for nature.
- The Crossroads Center, a twenty-two-thousand-square-foot teaching and learning space on Prescott’s campus, is the hub of the campus. The center features a college library that fully integrates technology and research functions, a campus cafe and catering services, a conference facility with an outdoor amphitheatre and a five hundred-person auditorium, social spaces, quiet spaces, and classrooms. The center demonstrates environmental responsibility and economic feasibility with a solar plant on the roof and retaining walls made from recycled concrete.
- The college, set in the historic city of Prescott, is located in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona, at an altitude of 5,400 feet. Students will enjoy the area’s benevolent climate and interesting geology, highlighted by lakes and granite formations. Prescott began as a mining town in the 1800s and is now a thriving arts community, home to galleries, dance studios, and events such as the Prescott Bluegrass Festival, the Prescott Film Fest, and a folk arts fair.
- In an hour-long drive, students can visit the Grand Canyon; the red rocks of Sedona; the old mining town of Jerome; and the cities of Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson.
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Having successfully negotiated the challenge of designing and pursuing their academic program and their goals for their educational experience. Prescott students are well prepared for the challenges of life after graduation.
A challenging education
- Prescott alumni go on to exciting and unique careers. Many feel empowered to launch their own businesses. Alumni Kent Madin and Linda Svendsen, founders of Boojum Expeditions, offer “uncommon adventure travel,” leading trips in Mongolia, Tibet, China, Argentina, Venezuela, and Yellowstone. Alumnus Dustin Tester started Maui Surfer Girls, an instructional surfing school for girls and women in Hawaii. Kim Reynolds co-founded the dZi Foundation, dedicated to promoting the health, culture, and welfare of indigenous mountain communities
ADMISSIONS FALL 2016
314 Total Applicants
215 Total Admissions
47 Total Freshmen Enrollment
68.47% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission
Rolling admission? Yes
Priority date: Mar 1
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2016
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TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2017-18
|Room and Board (on campus)||$7,700|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$38,311|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-17 estimated
$23,691 First year students
$15,202 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-17 estimated
64.7% on average, the percentage of need that was met
9% of financial need students that had need fully met
$15,202 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,576 Average need-based loan