Prescott College
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301
telephone: (928) 7765180
(800) 628-6364 (toll free)
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500 students

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Prescott College
Prescott, Arizona 86301

College Description
Prescott College, an independent four-year liberal arts college, is committed to offering a personalized educational experience. Using nontraditional methods, Prescott College delivers a classical liberal arts education that focuses on communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. The educational philosophy stresses experiential learning and self-direction within an interdisciplinary curriculum. Respected for its environmental focus, Prescott College continually strives to expand and share its environmental mission by encouraging students to examine the relationship between human societies and the natural world.

Prescott College was established in 1966. Currently, there are three distinct programs: the Resident Degree Program (RDP), the Adult Degree Program (ADP), and the Master of Arts Program (MAP). This information focuses on the Resident Degree Program.

Academic Life
The Prescott College Resident Degree Program offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in a variety of individually student-designed areas. Under the general headings of adventure education, arts and letters, environmental studies, and integrative studies, students design competence-based graduation plans in such topics as agroecology, conservation, counseling, cultural studies, ecological design, ecopsychology, education, environmental education, experiential education, field ecology, fine arts, holistic health, human development, human ecology, literature, natural history, outdoor adventure education, peace studies, philosophy, photography, psychology, religion, social and political studies, wilderness leadership, and writing.

The College has created an innovative approach to higher education. It offers small classes, extensive field work, a close community atmosphere, a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, and the opportunity for students to design their own educational path. The philosophy of experiential education emphasizes the concept that learning is a lifelong process that helps students gain competence, creativity, and self-direction. In cooperation with an outstanding faculty, students are able to work in such special interdisciplinary fields as cultural and regional studies, ecopsychology, education, environmental education and interpretation, human ecology, outdoor adventure education, social and political studies, and wilderness leadership.

Campus Life
Located a mile above sea level in the forested mountains of central Arizona, Prescott has a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Described by Arizona Highways magazine as "Everybody's Hometown," the community of Prescott is known for its fine quality of life, friendly atmosphere, and small-town charm. Because it has a growing spirit, the community strives to balance the needs of an environmentally conscious life-style with an expanding economy. Many of the College's students participate in municipal sports leagues. The town offers facilities for racquetball, tennis, swimming, and horseback riding. Forests and wilderness areas are easily accessible for out-of-doors activities, and hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing are popular with students. Fine arts interest many, and many people are active in such artistic endeavors as photography, music, weaving, and dance. Prescott is, in fact, the home of a lively and growing artistic community. The Mountain Artists Guild and the Prescott Fine Arts Association make a substantial cultural impact. The Phoenix Symphony, visiting ballet and opera companies, and numerous art shows also provide regular programs.

Facilities and Resources
The Prescott College Library has a collection of more than 21,000 volumes, 100 microforms, 950 audiocassettes and videocassettes, and 250 periodical titles, all of which relate specifically to the College's program offerings. The library is computer networked with all of the regional libraries in the area, including two other college libraries and the public libraries. If students are not able to locate necessary information from any of these sources, the College librarian borrows books through the interlibrary loan system. Because the College places great emphasis on student services, the faculty and staff work diligently to assist each student in finding all information necessary for his or her pursuit of knowledge.The Computer Lab, which houses thirty-five computers (both Macintosh and IBM compatibles), is an important resource for Prescott College students. It is staffed full-time by a competent team of computer professionals and College work-study students. There are laser printers available, and students have access to the Internet for research and e-mail.

Because the Southwest itself serves the College as a classroom, Prescott owns white-water rafts, kayaks, sea kayaks, cross-country skis, rock-climbing gear, camping equipment, and other equipment that is important for the exploration and understanding of the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Two off-campus field sites complement the Prescott facilities: Wolfberry Farm and the Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies.

Located about 15 miles north of Prescott, Wolfberry Farm is a 30-acre farm dedicated to education, demonstration, and research in agroecology. Wolfberry Farm serves as the outdoor classroom for the summer program in agroecology and as a place where students can carry out independent studies and senior projects.

The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is located in Kino Bay, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez. The Center is used by a variety of classes, such as Coastal and Cultural Ecology of Kino Bay, A Sense of Place, Field Methods for Intertidal Ecology, and Marine Conservation. It also serves as a launching point for sea kayaking courses and as a meeting place for many Mexican and American researchers.

Financial Aid
The types of financial aid available are Federal Pell Grants, Prescott College grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Arizona State Student Incentive Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, work-study programs, Federal Stafford Student Loans, the Arizona Voucher Program, campus employment, and scholarships. More than 65 percent of the students at Prescott College receive financial aid.

Prescott College uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine a student's financial need. Students wishing to apply for aid for the fall term should complete the financial aid form by April 15 for priority funding. Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are used. FAFSA forms take four to six weeks to process, so students should submit them early, even if their plans are indefinite.

Admission Requirements
In evaluating an applicant, the Admissions Committee seeks evidence of preparation for college-level academic work, a strong sense of community, and a desire to become a self-directed learner. The Admissions Committee looks for the ability to plan and make decisions and commitments and carry them out effectively. The applicant's essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts are the strongest determining factors in the admission decision. Visits to the College and personal interviews are strongly recommended, and, in some cases, they are required. Students who consider applying to Prescott College should first attempt to gain a thorough understanding of the College's educational philosophy and practices. Once this information has been obtained, they can then determine whether or not Prescott College is suited to their individual educational goals and expectations.
Prescott College has created a special learning environment that requires motivation, maturity, and a desire to be actively involved in learning. Through the admission process, the Admissions Committee attempts to determine if a student will succeed in this kind of setting.

The Resident Degree Program operates on a regular admissions system. The Admissions Office strongly encourages applicants to submit all required application materials by the priority filing date. Complete files are then reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and admissions decisions are communicated by the notification date. Files that are received or completed after the priority filing date will still be considered on a rolling basis.

Once students are offered admission to an incoming class, they must submit a tuition deposit prior to the reply date to give evidence of intention to enroll and to reserve a space in that class. Tuition deposits are nonrefundable; applicants are advised to submit them only after determining that they are ready to commit to Prescott College. Tuition deposits received after the reply date are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the class has filled. Students whose deposits are received after the class is filled are placed on a wait list.

Applications for fall should be received by February 1; for spring, the priority filing date is September 1. The notification date for fall is March 15, for spring, October 15. The reply dates (deposit due dates) for fall and spring are, respectively, May 1 and November 1. Applications that are received or completed after the priority filing date will still be considered. These applications will be reviewed after those that were received and completed by the priority filing date.
For more information, students should contact:

Resident Degree Program-Admissions
Prescott College
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, Arizona 86301
Telephone: 928-776-5180
800-628-6364 (toll-free)
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