In 1963, the Ford Foundation challenged the country’s most innovative educators to come together and design an “ideal college for the future that would prepare students for contributing in an ever changing, and ever faster moving, world.” Founded in 1966, Prescott College is a four-year liberal arts college made up of a community of intellects and explorers whose connecting threads are a passion for social justice and the environment, and a keen sense of adventure. Prescott College is located in a resort town and surrounded by Granite Mountain, the Granite Dells, The Prescott National Forest and Thumb Butte, making the area attractive to students who seek outdoor adventure. The college includes the main campus and multiple field stations including Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies and Jenner Farm. The approximately 1,000 students that attend Prescott College participate in the many cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities that Prescott College and the surrounding area offer.
Prescott College prepares students to be life-long learners and critical thinkers in a broad, interwoven range of models in inquiry including literary, scientific, artistic, social, spiritual and physical. By offering undergraduate degrees in six interdisciplinary Areas of Study, students can pursue a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to incorporating interdisciplinary study. Additionally, Prescott College offers several Master’s and Doctorate level programs. Through experiential learning and self-direction within an interdisciplinary curriculum, Prescott College strives to educate students of diverse ages and backgrounds to understand, thrive in and enhance our world community and environment. At Prescott College, the best learning is collaborative and the best teaching is individual.
Why EcoLeague? “As a school deeply dedicated to field-and community-based experiential education, Prescott College belongs to the EcoLeague to expand the opportunities for our students to ground their studies in other bioregions working with other EcoLeague students and faculty for a most just and ecologically sustainable world.” – Former President John Flicker, Prescott College
MAJORS/ AREAS OF STUDY
Students pursue undergraduate degrees in six interdisciplinary Areas of Study including Adventure Education, Arts and Letters, Cultural and Regional Studies, Education and Teacher Preparation, Environmental Studies and Human Development. Within these Areas of Study, students can explore multiple competencies/majors. These include Adventure Education, Agroecology, Conservation Biology, Counseling Psychology, Cultural and Regional Studies, Geography, Latin American Studies, Marine Studies, Peace Studies, Photography, Psychology, Visual Arts, Women’s Studies and Writing and Literature among others.
Prescott College also offers graduate programs including a 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).
A 4-week Fall Block and 4-week Winter Block followed by an 11-week Fall Semester and 11-week Spring Semester respectively. During the four-week block, students take one intensive course, giving them an opportunity to take a field course, travel course or another hands-on course.
NOTABLE ACTIVITIES IN SUSTAINABILITY
- LEED Platinum certified townhouses
- Many buildings have been converted to classrooms from their previous purposes
- Crossroads Center was built was reclaimed timber and CORTEN steel
- Pledge to develop a timeline for becoming “carbon-neutral”
- Funding for student projects related to sustainability
- Prescott College Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) through Jenner Farm
- Helping Understand Bicycles (HUB)
- Butte Creek Restoration Council
SPECIAL PROGRAMS, FACILITIES & RESEARCH
- Wilderness orientation for Resident Undergraduate students
- Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies
- Member of CIEL – Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning
- Member of Arizona Wilderness Coalition
- Institute for Sustainable Social Change
- Maasai Community Partnership Project
- Centaur Leadership Services (CLS) – offers Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) programs