Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Antioch College

"There is no college or university in the country that makes a more profound difference in a young person's life, or that creates more effective adults [than Antioch]."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • An independent liberal arts college originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is imbued with the spirit of the words of its first president, Horace Mann: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
  • Antioch College believes education is a process of helping each individual to develop in his or her own way to his or her utmost capacity.
  • Antioch College is the only liberal arts institution in the nation to require a comprehensive off-campus cooperative work program for all of its students.
  • Democracy and shared governance are at the heart of Antioch College. Students are partners in developing the governance structure of the institution.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • During her remarks to the college in 2004 alumna Coretta Scott King said: “Antioch students learn that it’s not enough to have a great career, material wealth and a fulfilling family life. We are also called to serve, to share, to give and to do what we can to lift up the lives of others. No other college emphasizes this challenge so strongly. That’s what makes Antioch so special.”
  • Alumni of Antioch College include Nobel Prize winners, recipients of MacArthur “Genius” Awards, and civic and social leaders. Some examples include Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60; Nobel Prize winner Mario Capecchi ’61; and U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John P. DeJongh Jr. ’81.
  • On September 4, 2009, the alumni of Antioch College made history when two years of negotiations ended with the establishment of Antioch College as an independent institution of higher education.
  • Citing the “Three Cs” – classroom, co-op and community – the editors at The Huffington Post named Antioch College to their list of “Top Non-Traditional Colleges.”
  • All Antioch College students develop their own study concentrations with their academic and work advisors.
  • The Glen Helen Nature Preserve, owned by the re-emerging and independent Antioch College, was recently awarded a federal stimulus grant of nearly $300,000 to turn two buildings into models of efficiency.
  • The Twilight Zone TV series, created by Rod Serling (class of 1950), includes an episode titled “The Changing of the Guard” that is considered to be “the Antioch episode” for its references to Antioch College that include mention of Horace Mann and the school motto: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • Typically, faculty members at Antioch College are distinguished scholars and teachers with terminal degrees in their fields.
  • The academics at Antioch College are focused in four major study areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Students, with the help of faculty advisors, develop individual concentrations in these areas.
  • As part of the coursework, students will complete a series of Global Seminars on world issues surrounding energy, food, governance, health and water.
  • All Antioch College students will be required to attain intermediate proficiency in a language other than their native language.
  • Building on a 90-year old tradition, work continues to be one of the pillars of an Antioch College education. The Cooperative Education program requires each student to complete alternative quarters of full-time off-campus work.
  • All Antioch College students work 10 hours per week during each study term. In fact, they provide the essential work force to operate the college.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • At Antioch College, community means learning to assume responsibilities and to work as one of a group – techniques more important in the world today, perhaps, than ever before.
  • Historically, Antioch College students have created a wide variety of extra- and co-curricular organizations, including political, cultural, film/media, environmental and arts societies.
  • There are 200 acres and 25 buildings on the Antioch College campus, which fits easily and comfortably into the village of Yellow Springs, melding effortlessly into the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • The campus opens onto a huge park of ancient trees, which leads the eye easily to the 1,000-acre Glen Helen Nature Preserve, the legacy of Hugh Taylor Birch, who, in 1929, donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • Antioch College alumni are scattered around the world, but no matter where their lives have led them they are prepared for lives of significance and service, and for engaged and effective citizenship, whether they choose to pursue graduate education or embark directly on a career. Read about Antioch alumni here.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Average Unweighted GPA: 3.56
  • 71 % completed honors or advanced high school curriculum
  • Many have spent some time abroad or speak at least one foreign language
  • 1 National Merit Scholar Finalist, 2 National Merit Scholar Semi-finalists