Deep Springs College

  • Deep Springs is an all-male liberal arts college located on a self-sustaining cattle-ranch and alfalfa farm in California's High Desert. The 27 members of the student body form a close community engaged in an intense educational project delineated by what Deep Springs' founder, L. L. Nunn, termed the "three pillars": academics, labor and self-governance. The principle underlying the three pillars is that manual labor and political deliberation are necessary supplements to the liberal arts in the training of future servants to humanity. Students attend for two years (after which most transfer to a four-year institution) and receive a full scholarship valued at over $50,000 per year.
School Highlights
  • Deep Springs College serves 27 students
  • Minority enrollment is 100% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.
  • Deep Springs College is the only community colleges within Esmeralda County, NV.
  • The nearest community college to Deep Springs College is Reedley College (106.2 miles away).

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School Overview

    Deep Springs College(NV) Community College Avg.
    Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
    Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
    Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, for profit

    Student Body

    • The student population of Deep Springs College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
    • The Deep Springs College diversity score of 0.00 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has declined by 100% over five years.
    Total Enrollment27 students3,024 students
    This chart display the total enrollment of Deep Springs College and community college average number of enrollment of NV by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
    % Unknown races
    Diversity Score0.000.70
    This chart display the diversity score of Deep Springs College and the community college average diversity score of NV by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.

    Finances and Admission

      Median Debt for Graduates--
      Median Debt for Dropouts--
      Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

      School Notes

      • Deep Springs offers only an Associate's Degree in the liberal arts. Deep Springers usually transfer after two years at the college to continue their education at a four-year institution. Over the long term, over two-thirds of our alumni have earned graduate degrees, with over half holding a doctorate (M.D., J.D., Ph.D., etc.) as their terminal degree. Courses at Deep Springs are intensive and interactive seminars. Classes range in size from four to ten, so every member must come prepared to contribute to the discussion. As a result, students devote a great deal of time and energy to their assignments, and discussions often achieve a depth uncommon at the undergraduate level. Deep Springs has a library of approximately 23,000 volumes, a modest periodicals subscription, and computer work stations with internet and e-mail access via satellite. Our facilities are ample for the needs of the academic program and include a music room, a piano room, a laboratory, a darkroom, a ceramics studio, a library, a smithy, an auto shop, a woodshop, a saddle and leatherworking shop, fifty square miles of desert ecology and geology, and three classrooms. Classes are sometimes also held in unconventional locations, like professors' homes or the irrigation ditch.

      Nearby Schools

      • The nearest community college to Deep Springs College is Reedley College (106.2 miles away).
      • College Location Mi. Students
      • 14,633 students | 106.20 Mi995 N Reed Ave
        Reedley CA  93654
        (559) 638-3641
      • Institute of Technology Inc
        Private, for profit
        1,509 students | 107.70 Mi564 W Herndon
        Clovis CA  93612
        (559) 297-4500
      • n/a students | 110.20 Mi4985 East Andersen Ave
        Fresno CA  93727
        (559) 453-0123
      • n/a students | 110.80 Mi295 East Sierra Avenue
        Fresno CA  93710
        (559) 448-8282
      • 22,307 students | 113.90 Mi1101 E. University Ave
        Fresno CA  93741
        (559) 442-4600
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