- Deep Springs is a liberal arts college located on a self-sustaining cattle-ranch and alfalfa farm in California's High Desert. The 24-30 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 room, board, and tuition scholarship valued at over $50,000 per year.
- Enrollment: 24 students
- Source: Verified school update
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
- 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.