Whether you are considering college or already enrolled at one of the EcoLeague colleges, the EcoLeague has a lot to offer! The EcoLeague is a consortium of 6 liberal arts colleges that are dedicated to environmental stewardship, social change and educating students to build a sustainable future. The EcoLeague gives you many resources by “combining” faculty, staff and amazing facilities to offer you a wider selection of studies and a broad array of learning environments. Take a look at our programs below and check back from time to time to learn about new offerings!
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Student Exchange Program
Attend another EcoLeague college to take courses not offered at your home college, do research with other faculty, meet new colleagues and explore a new ecosystem and culture. On an EcoLeague exchange, you get the benefit of a tremendously rich array of educational resources while still enjoying a small school environment, small classes and hands-on learning. Exchanges are open to students who are enrolled in any academic area, not just the environment! Credits earned at the host college are easily transferred back to your home college. You pay tuition to your home college, and room & board to the host college. This means that financial aid packages remain intact and can be used toward your EcoLeague exchange.
- Research the six member colleges, looking specifically at what is offered in a student’s major or track, to decide which institution will best broaden one’s academic career.
- Attend an EcoLeague Info Session at your campus. There is one scheduled in early fall (usually September) and in February at each campus. Contact your EcoLeague faculty representative to find out when the info session is happening.
- Fill out the Request to Participate Form. This process involves getting approval from multiple departments, showing that you are in good academic and financial standing at your home college. Along with the form you need to submit a two-page essay explaining how an EcoLeague exchange to a particular college will advance your academic career. The Request to Participate Form and the essay need to be turned in to your college’s Faculty Representative by the due date given by the Faculty Rep at your institution. General due dates are below.
- The EcoLeague Faculty Representatives will review applications, and send out acceptance notices via email. If a student is accepted for an EcoLeague exchange by their home institution, they are also accepted by the host institution, unless there is a special program at the host institution that requires additional screening (such as study abroad programs).
- Paperwork – The EcoLeague Program Coordinator will email accepted students a list of forms to complete, including one for registering for classes. The deadline for this second round of paperwork is due is typically one week before registration opens at the host college.
- Course selection – learn how to find each college’s course catalog and course schedule here. Know registration dates and the differences in academic calendars. While waiting for the updated course schedules to be published, it is a good idea to look at the course schedule from the previous year to get a sense of what classes might be offered that semester or term. A student needs to set up a time to meet with their adviser to go over exchange coursework and get approval.
- Reserve room & board – The Coordinator will send students contact information for the host college’s Residental Life.
- Arrange travel
- Have a great exchange
- Provide feedback through a survey sent at the end of the exchange
Initial application materials (the request to participate form and essay) are due February 15, 2019, unless your college’s Faculty Representative has chosen a different date. For more information, contact the EcoLeague Faculty Rep at your college or the EcoLeague Coordinator.
"Having tuition matched between schools was a big deal actually. That made it really nice not having to worry about having to take out extra money for loans just to do the exchange."
Curriculum Offerings & Access to Facilities
The EcoLeague member colleges offer you classes in just about every program and/or major you can think of, from Adventure Education to Women’s and Gender Studies. Through the EcoLeague, you can take classes you need for your major OR take classes that spark your curiosity. Check out the course listings at the colleges.
You’ll also be able to utilize some amazing facilities including Alaska Pacific University’s Nordic Ski Center, College of the Atlantic’s Island Research Center, Dickinson College’s Center for Sustainability Education, Northland College’s Native American & Indigenous Culture Center and Prescott College’s Kino Bay Research Center.
Global Study Abroad
Interested in studying abroad to explore cultures and environments around the world? Through the EcoLeague, you have access to many global programs.
Across the EcoLeague, programs are available in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru; Costa Rica, Mexico and other Latin American countries; Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and The United Kingdom; Israel; China, Japan and South Korea; Australia; New Zealand; Russia; Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa.
Learn more by visiting the colleges’ websites directly.
Joint Field Courses
Field courses provide a rich place-based educational experience where you can meet other students who share your commitment and passion, and take advantage of the expertise of faculty from across the consortium. Approximately every year, faculty from two to three colleges come together to teach a joint course. A course is usually offered in the summer but may also be offered during the regular semester, such as the Grand Canyon semester course. The Humans in Place courses give students a chance to examine the relationship of people to social and natural communities in a bioregion from a variety of different perspectives. Past courses include: Natural and Cultural History of Maine’s Coastal Islands; and Natural and Cultural History Interpretation of the Apostle Islands.
An academic certificate is awarded when a student has achieved a standard of knowledge in a particular field of study. It offers evidence of specific learning that adds value and employment advantages to the college degree.
Currently, the EcoLeague offers a Water Resource Management Certificate.
Additional certificates are being planned so please check back in the future for more information.
What you do in college matters as much as anything else in terms of your educational success.
The EcoLeague has over 500 + faculty, giving you access to expertise in many different disciplines. You can complete a project such as your senior capstone project. You can conduct research, collaborate with a faculty member on a paper or come up with your own unique project.
You can also work with other students across the EcoLeague by sharing ideas, networking with an equivalent student organization, etc. Be creative!
Graduate School Programs
Want to be more competitive in the job market? Interested in continuing your education? Looking for a graduate school program that has small class sizes, gives you hands-on experience, etc.? While the EcoLeague colleges offer undergraduate degrees, several of them also offer unique graduate degrees. Prescott College offers a $1,000 scholarship to graduates of an EcoLeague college.
Alaska Pacific University: MS Counseling Psychology; MS in Environmental Science; MBA in Information and Communication Technology; MBA in Strategic Leadership; MA in Arts; MA in Teaching; MBA in Business Administration; and MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education.
Prescott College: Master of Arts (Limited residency and Resident program); Master of Education (Limited residency); Master of Science in Counseling (Limited residency); and PhD program (Limited residency).