Students Say

The “three pillars” of a Deep Springs education—”labor, academics, and selfgovernance”—combine to produce “unparalleled challenges” that run the gamut “from fixing a hay baler in the middle of the night to puzzling over a particularly difficult passage of Hegel.” That’s what the twenty-six men who attend Deep Springs tell us. These unique undergraduates basically run their own school, work the ranch where it is located, and complete a rigorous curriculum, an itinerary that “creates an environment of intense growth and responsibility.”

Overview

Applicants
170
Acceptance Rate
7%

GPA Breakdown

83%
Over 3.75
8%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
750 - 800
SAT Math
700 - 800
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines


Regular
November 7

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Application Essay
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

The “three pillars” of a Deep Springs education—”labor, academics, and selfgovernance”—combine to produce “unparalleled challenges” that run the gamut “from fixing a hay baler in the middle of the night to puzzling over a particularly difficult passage of Hegel.” That’s what the twenty-six men who attend Deep Springs tell us. These unique undergraduates basically run their own school, work the ranch where it is located, and complete a rigorous curriculum, an itinerary that “creates an environment of intense growth and responsibility.” Class work occurs in a seminar format in which “the distinction between teacher and student becomes fuzzy [because] everyone is equally invested, thoughtful, and engaged.” Composition and public speaking are the only required courses; all others are chosen by the student body and taught by a faculty of three long-term professors (one each in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences) and three visiting scholars or artists. The system relies on a commitment to selfdetermination, which means “the smoothness with which many programs run depends largely on the kind of responsibility students take. Sometimes students do a good job taking care of administrative tasks, sometimes a worse job. It’s all part of the educational experience.” While the size of the school inevitably means that “lab and library facilities are not what they might be,” students tell us that the overall Deep Springs experience compensates for any shortcomings. As one student explains, “through intense academics and running the college administratively and practically, we receive an unprecedented education in citizenship of a conscious human being.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
4:1
Total Faculty
16
with Terminal Degree
13

11
Men
5
Women
2
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Degrees

Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Robert Sproull
Former President, University of Rochester

James Olin
Member of Congress, Virginia (ret.)

Julian Steward
Anthropologist (dec.)

Herb Reich
Physicist, Inventor of the Cathode Ray Tube (dec.)

William vanden Heuvel
U.S. Ambassador

Vernon Penner
U.S. Ambassador

David Hitz
Founder, Network Appliances

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines

Bottom Line

Every single student accepted at Deep Springs receives a comprehensive scholarship that covers tuition and room and board in full, an estimated value of over $50,000. Students are only expected to pay for books, incidentals, and travel, which the school estimates run less than $2,800 per year.

Bang For Your Buck

Deep Springs is one of the best educations a student can receive after high school, and though you may not have heard of the school before, the nation’s top universities certainly have. Although percentages are somewhat moot for a school that has only twenty-five students over two class years, in the past five years, nearly 45 percent of students have gone on to Harvard, Yale, Brown, and the University of Chicago, as well as winning numerous prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$0

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
0%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$52,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“Having only twenty-eight students makes it even harder to characterize the ‘typical’ Deep Springer,” students understandably warn, but they add that “we’re all very able and driven, but in our own ways, not in the way that most Ivy League students are. Deep Springs isn’t a stepping stone to the world of white-collar work but an end in itself that we all pursue with all our hearts. So I guess the typical student has a healthy disgust for the pedagogy of most other universities.” Undergrads are also predictably “intelligent, motivated, and responsible,” as they “must demonstrate depth of thought to be accepted” to the school. As one student puts it, “The typical student at Deep Springs is committed to the life of the intellect and committed to finding education in our labor program. Most of the students here believe that a life of service, informed by discourse and labor, is a necessary notion to understand in today’s world.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
28
Out of State
82%

International
17%
Foreign Countries Represented
3

Demographics

16.67%
Asian
4.17%
Hispanic
75.00%
Caucasian
16.67%
International

82% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Deep Springs is totally unlike other colleges in terms of the everyday life of a student,” because “no one drinks, everyone helps run the ranch in some way, and no one can be totally self-absorbed (unless he’s out hiking in the desert).” Instead, students immerse themselves in the Deep Springs way. As one student explains, “The Deep Springs program is our whole life. The intellectual questions we’re asking and the labor we’re doing is all bound up with our identity.” Students spend their free time “thinking about intellectual things: moral issues, politics, and the community. ‘Fun’ is hard to come by, and one has to learn how to enjoy people, work, and engagement.” Students do occasionally take a break, however; “on weekends in the rumpus room of the dorm, you can find a group of motley adventurers engaged in a Dungeons & Dragons quest or a pack of students watching ‘Gossip Girl.’ You’ll find even more people scoffing at such pedantry and watching arty French movies,” and “communal soccer is excellent…we even play in the snow.” Also, occasionally “we have dance parties called ’boojies,’” and “we do some other strange things for fun, like sledding naked down 800-foot-tall sand dunes in neighboring Eureka Valley.” Undergrads concede that Deep Springs “life can be intense. Students usually are utterly exhausted. But most of the time we know that something good is coming out of this,” and that keeps undergrads energized and motivated.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
97
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
1
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
4

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
No

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

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
75%

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
Michael Zalatel
Chair, Applications Committee

Address
Applications Committee
HC 72 Box 45001
Dyer, NV 89010

Phone
7608722000

Email
apcom@deepsprings.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Boarding House
Dairy Barn
Horse Stables
The Upper Reservoir
The Druid

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Desert (including Death Valley National Park)
Sierra Nevada and White Mountains
Cottontail Ranch
Bishop, California
Loneliest Road in America
There are no other dwellings in or around Deep Springs Valley.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required:
Dates:
Times:
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airplane, bus, car. Closest airport is McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Las Vegas towards Reno, Nevada turn off towards Bishop, California. The only thing on Highway 168.

Local Accommodations
Hotels and motels in Bishop or Big Pine California.