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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 semester system, which is "very effective at immersing students in their studies." Students take only one course for one four-week block 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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 570

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 600

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — December 1

Other Admission Factors


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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

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


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agriculture, General
  • Range Science and Management

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Area Studies, Other
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Latin American Studies
  • Regional Studies (U
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Botany/Plant Biology, Other
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
  • Environmental Biology
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Labor Studies
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
  • Office Management and Supervision
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Photojournalism
  • Radio and Television

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
  • Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technical Teacher Education
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Waldorf/Steiner Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Community Services
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Art Therapy/Therapist
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Dance Therapy/Therapist
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services Administration
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • International Public Health/International Health
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Library Science

  • Library Science, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Human Services, General
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Archeology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Geography
  • Geography, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


Application Deadlines

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

60% female
40% male
72% are out of state
75% are full time
25% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

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.


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.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Jill Pyatt
Assistant Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301



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.

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

Information Sessions

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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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