Antioch [College] is in a class by itself. 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. None of the Ivies, big or small, can match Antioch’s ability to produce outstanding thinkers and doers.
—Loren Pope, Colleges That Change Lives
The purpose of an Antioch College education is to prepare students 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.
The College believes education is a process of helping each individual to develop in his or her own way to his or her utmost capacity. 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 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 structure of community governance at the institution.
The College awards the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The general education program includes courses in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences; global seminars in which students critically analyze global problems through an interdisciplinary study of resources and systems; theme-based writing and quantitative skills seminars; work portfolios, which are courses that are delivered online while students are on cooperative education work assignments; and the senior reflection paper.
As they advance in their studies, students declare a major in one of 11 areas of concentration or work with faculty to devise a self-designed major. Coursework in the major builds upon students’ experiences in the general education curriculum while providing students with pathways to deepen their knowledge or further develop their passion in a particular area of study.