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 62%.

Top Rankings

Deep Springs College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Nevada for:

School Overview

Deep Springs College(NV) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-profit
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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 0.73. The school's diversity has declined by 100% over five years.
Total Enrollment27 students3,852 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 2019-20 school year data.
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.000.73
This chart display the diversity score of Deep Springs College and the community college average diversity score of NV by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.

Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2020 (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 Clovis Community College (106.2 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 7,765 students | 106.20 Mi10309 North Willow Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93730
    (559) 325-5200
  • 11,296 students | 106.20 Mi995 N Reed Ave
    Reedley, CA 93654
    (559) 638-0300
  • Institute of Technology
    Private for-profit
    1,310 students | 107.70 Mi564 W Herndon
    Clovis, CA 93612
    (559) 297-4500
  • 77 students | 110.20 Mi4985 East Andersen Ave
    Fresno, CA 93727
    (559) 453-0123
  • 539 students | 110.80 Mi295 East Sierra Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93710
    (559) 448-8282
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