New Student Orientation

Resident Undergraduate Programs


"An afternoon thunderstorm rolls in. The buzz of cicadas fill the air. It’s orientation time." – Professor Julie Munro

New home, Community and Academic Career

Each fall, nearly two hundred new Prescott College students find themselves in “the classroom,” the breathtaking, sometimes raw, always diverse terrains and environments of the Southwest.
New Prescott students are introduced to the natural environment of the southwest, learn about themselves and each other and experience the educational philosophies of Prescott College during Orientation, the most revered of the College’s traditions, thus beginning the journey of developing the relationships with their new home, community and academic career.

Wilderness Orientation

For most students, orientation will mean, as it has for thousands before them, a three-week Desert, Mountain and Canyon Expedition (aka Wilderness Orientation). Students, as a small community of engaged learners, will be backpacking throughout ecologically diverse locations in Arizona. Studying - Connecting - Growing.

Life -Centering and Health-Based Practices

Some other students will participate in Life -Centering and Health-Based Practices.  Students engaged in Life-Centering and Health-Based Practices explore the integration of nature, yoga, Qi gong, meditation, and reflection in actualizing human potential.

Community-Based Orientation

Students, who are unable to participate in field-based courses for extenuating circumstances, will participate in Community-Based Orientation. This course will engage students in an immersive experience while being based in town. Instructor approval is necessary to participate in this course.
Throughout these courses students will learn about community living, Prescott College educational philosophies, and the desert southwest.  Additionally, students participate in a solo experience and leadership training which will provide them with a strong introduction to the liberal arts educational experience.


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  • Emily Rolando

    Emily graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in leadership and outdoor programming. She holds a minor in business. After ...    Learn more >

  • Wanda Peters 1980

    Do what you are passionate about, take the time to figure out what gives you the most joy and satisfaction, and do work that is in line with what ...    Learn more >

  • Josephine Arader

    Josephine Arader, no doubt, took inspiration from her father Graham's devotion to the art of the natural world. ...    Learn more >

  • Dillon Metcalfe (Kelly Megan Stack Scholarship Recipient)

    Kelly Megan Stack Scholar, Dillon Metcalfe finished high school in2004 and decided to take a break to examine his interests in and ...    Learn more >

  • David Meeks

    Several years ago David and his siblings visited the Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies on the Gulf Coast of ...    Learn more >

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