Students Say

Prescott College, a small, progressive school, “encourages critical and forward thinking around issues of social justice and sustainability.” The school shines in interdisciplinary fields, such as environmental studies, human development and psychology, outdoor adventure education, and arts-based fields such as photography and creative writing. Prescott “is about taking learning out of the classroom,” and true to its word, classes, according to the university, “take place in field sites throughout the Southwest, in art galleries, wilderness areas, along the U.S./Mexico border and in local schools, to name a few.”

Overview

Applicants
399
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.11

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
7%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49
7%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 650
SAT Math
430 - 610
ACT Composite
20 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

Prescott College, a small, progressive school, “encourages critical and forward thinking around issues of social justice and sustainability.” The school shines in interdisciplinary fields, such as environmental studies, human development and psychology, outdoor adventure education, and arts-based fields such as photography and creative writing. Prescott “is about taking learning out of the classroom,” and true to its word, classes, according to the university, “take place in field sites throughout the Southwest, in art galleries, wilderness areas, along the U.S./Mexico border and in local schools, to name a few.” Students see their education as “experiential, hands-on, real-world, and self-directed,” and consider it to be a “journey, not a destination.” Prescott’s academic calendar is a unique “block and quarter system,” which is “very effective at immersing students in their studies.” Students take only one course for three fourweek blocks before entering a ten-week semester. The quality of teaching “really varies. Some teachers are excellent and experienced and work well with the majority of the student body,” and are “engaging and committed to their students.” However, many students feel that “visiting” and “adjunct” professors “tend to be not so good.” All the freedom at Prescott means that “academics are what you make them,” and while some students find Prescott to be “academically stimulating but not very challenging,” others think “there are plenty of opportunities for a rigorous academic experience.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
104
with Terminal Degree
47

56
Women
48
Men
10
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
37%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Thomas Udall
New Mexico Representative to the US House of Reps.

Nevada Wier
World-renowned photojournalist

Craig Childs
Naturalist and author

Cody Lundin
Survival skills instructor and author

Kathleen Stephens
US Ambassador to South Korea

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,008

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,569

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,821

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,213

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
93%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,872

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,960
Required Fees
$680
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$796

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Prescott’s emphasis on individual education, the environment, and sustainability means students are “environmentally and politically conscious” and “committed to their learning and creating a better community.” Students are there because “they want to better themselves and have a positive impact on the world at large,” and they’re “motivated, empowered, and feisty.” Additionally, students are very invested in social activism. Prescott’s location means it attracts “athletic nerds” and “typical students love spending time outdoors.” Yes, you’ll probably see a lot of “hippies, hippies, hippies,” but many students “wouldn’t identify themselves that way.” Though the school is predominantly white, students feel the community is “from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds” and that there’s “a colorful array of people.” As one student put it, the school “is made up of hundreds of different individuals who all bring their unique aspects to classes and social settings.” Though students at Prescott tend to lean left, they say “any student fits in here. Everyone talks to everyone.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
545
Out of State
89%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

2.05%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.12%
Asian
1.49%
African-American
5.78%
Hispanic
73.88%
Caucasian
11.75%
Unknown
1.49%
International

55% female
45% male
89% are out of state
81% are full time
19% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Prescott’s emphasis on outdoor education and its ideal location near 1.4 million acres of National Forest mean that most students “live and play outside.” One student says, “The majority of students rock climb, mountain bike, ski, snowboard, surf, raft, kayak, skydive, or ice climb.” “If you want to go on an adventure, have no fear, you’ll have an accomplice in less than an hour.” The laid-back, artsy town of Prescott has a few bars that host “some good live music,” which lots of students see whenever possible, though “sometimes you have to go to a larger city for that.” Most students at Prescott are communityminded individuals, so it makes sense that one of the most popular social activities is to go to, or host, a potluck. As one student enthuses, “students also love potlucks; cooking is huge here.” Others confirm that “potlucks are a huge part of student life,” and that “much revolves around food.” These gatherings can be “really fun and sometimes is crazy and sometimes really low-key.” At potlucks and other gatherings, students “really enjoy each other ’s company.” Generally, students do “not drink to get drunk, but drink as a part of a great evening out with friends,” and most students seem to think people at Prescott “have good heads on their shoulders” and don’t indulge in out-of-control partying.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
16%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
80
First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
73

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
16
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The Center for Indian Bilingual Teacher Education; the AZTLAN center, one of our most active student organizations, provides services to the Latin American community such as English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

Sustainability

It’s no surprise that Arizona’s Prescott College “for The Liberal Arts and Environment” is a green school—just look at its surroundings. With over 1 million acres of national forest, 796 miles of trails, and the Grand Canyon nearby, many of the professors at Prescott are committed to experiential learning in the surrounding natural environment. Prescott offers the only PhD program in sustainability education in the nation. And the green curriculum isn’t limited to graduate students: Prescott has a popular undergraduate program in sustainable community development, in which students study how to “green” their communities. An ACUPCC signatory, the school also offers programs in eco-psychology, environmental education, agro-ecology, outdoor adventure education, and wilderness leadership. Respect for the natural world, as well as specific training in sustainability, is incorporated into nearly every class (even those without a green focus). Faculty, staff, and students are eligible for a $1,000 Seedling Award to implement a sustainability project on campus. The campus runs a community-supported agriculture program that provides students with fresh produce grown within a hundred miles of campus. In the past few years, four courses have focused on evaluating the college’s carbon emissions and creating a plan to increase the use of renewable energy on campus. Green student groups are widespread; one even provides a community bicycle workspace with tools and reclaimed parts for use by any bicyclist. Prescott’s Sustainability Reinvestment Fund also spurs student action and involvement. Indeed, the fund encourages students to propose their own initiatives and doles out money to help them enact their plans.

Green Rating
91
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
40%
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jill Pyatt
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301

Phone
877-350-2100

Email
admissions@prescott.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Crossroads Cafe
Crossroads Library
HUB (Helping Understand Bikes)
Sam Hill Visual Arts Building
San Juan Gear Warehouse

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown's Courthouse Square
Prescott National Forest
Thumb Butte
Granite Mountain
Raven Cafe

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon - Fri
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
877-350-2100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Monday-Friday
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The closest major airport is in Phoenix with shuttle planes and buses to Prescott. In town, there are several taxi services. Most places in town are accessible by bike or foot.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Phoenix, take I-17 North to Route 69 North to Prescott. Once in town, follow Gurley St. west to Grove Ave., turn right. The Admissions Office is at the corner of Grove and Western on the left. Parking is available next to the building. (202 Grove Ave.)

Local Accommodations
Many hotels, motels, and Bed and Breakfast Inns are available in Prescott, many of which are within walking distance of campus. Prices range from $29 and up a night.
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Key Stats

399
Applicants
545
Size
73%
Acceptance Rate
1080
SAT Scores

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