Prescott College


According to the school, Prescott College subscribes to the philosophy of experiential education or “learning by doing.” We believe that doing is as important as reading and discussing. \r\n\r\nIn cooperation with an outstanding faculty, Prescott College students are able to work in such interdisciplinary fields as human development, ecopsychology, abstract art, environmental education and interpretation, teacher education, human ecology, agroecology, creative writing, outdoor adventure education, management, counseling, and wilderness leadership.\r\n\r\nOur faculty recognize that some of the most important lessons are learned in situations that require action. Many courses have strong field components and some are conducted entirely in the field. Internships, apprenticeships, independent studies, community service, and study abroad are encouraged so that students may study and live in cultural contexts outside their normal experience.\r\n\r\nAt Prescott College our classes are small, allowing students more opportunities for participation in classes and interaction with faculty. Small classes encourage students to think critically and express themselves clearly and enable faculty to meet individual interests and needs of students. \r\n\r\nAt Prescott College students and teaching come first. Students are taught by full-time faculty members, not graduate assistants. Faculty members are role models and mentors and often become life-long friends and colleagues.\r\n\r\nPrescott College has a mission to educate students of diverse ages and backgrounds to understand, thrive in, and enhance our world community and environment. We regard learning as a continuing process and strive to provide an education that will enable students to live productive lives of self-fulfillment and service to others. Students are encouraged to think critically and act ethically with sensitivity to both the human community and the biosphere.\r\n\r\nPrescott College has a unique and innovative block and quarter academic calendar. Blocks are approximately four weeks in length and take place during September, January, and May. A 10-week quarter follows each block. During the block, students enroll in only one course and learn through deep involvement in the subject. Many block courses are conducted partially or entirely in the field and can take students to the Grand Canyon, the Sea of Cortez, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and throughout the Southwest and the world.\r\n\r\nAt Prescott College we believe education should be a personalized journey. The College offers an innovative curriculum, often with interdisciplinary courses. We encourage students to tailor their curriculum to suit their needs and to include off-campus internships, work study, faculty-student research projects, group and independent study, community service, and study abroad.\r\n\r\nPrescott and the College are surrounded by 1,408,000 acres of National Forest, with more than 796 miles of trails. With four mild seasons and unsurpassed natural beauty, Prescott offers a diversity of outdoor activities, including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and nearby canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and snow skiing. The old mining town of Jerome, the red rocks of Sedona, shopping in Phoenix, and the Grand Canyon are all within a day’s trip.

Key Data

School Type: Campus
Degrees Offered:
Student Life
Enrolled Students: 1,116
Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Annual Cost
In State Tuition: $23,643
Out of State Tuition $23,643
Books and Supplies $624
Students with Financial aid:** 87%
  • ** Refers to % of students receiving some form of financial aid
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