We are delighted that your child is considering Prescott College as the next step in their educational journey! The FAQ below answers some common questions about a Prescott College education. If you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact Admissions.
In 1963, the Ford Foundation challenged the country’s most innovative educators to design an “ideal college for the future that would prepare students for contributing in an ever changing, and ever faster moving, world.” Prescott College is the result.
In all areas of study, students spend ample time in the field, getting real experience and studying alongside experts. They learn material in context - both the theory and the practice – studying the who, how, and why, not just the what, of their chosen field. And because students help to craft their degree plan, all of their learning is directed at their passions and the role they want to play in the world.
Students work with faculty who engage, guide, and mentor, in small classes that rarely have more than a dozen students. Many of our faculty have taught at the school for 20 years or more, because they believe so strongly in the power of the educational model.
Prescott College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. And, Prescott College is recognized nationally, featured in prestigious national college rankings like the Princeton Review, US News and World Report, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Will my student have a place to live?
All new students live in The Village, a collection of townhomes that each house eight students. Each townhouse is three stories, with a full bathroom on each floor. On the main floor there is a living and dining area, and a full kitchen with two stoves and two refrigerators, so students can cook for themselves (or together) and do not have to take all of their meals at a central dining hall. The Crossroads Café is available for meals, as well as coffee breaks to meet with classmates or faculty.
The Village townhomes are LEED Platinum Certified for their sustainability features. Everything about the units – from the solar panels on the roof to the awnings above the windows, to the color of the carpets – contributes to reducing energy consumption.
Will my student be successful?
Prescott College’s highly personalized learning model is all about helping students have success in their chosen area of study. Every student has a faculty adviser to work with on degree plans and course selections. Because our classes are so small, faculty notice when students are absent or struggling, and are likely to check in on them.
In addition to faculty support, we have an Office of Student Success, whose staff is constantly keeping tabs on students’ academic and emotional well-being. In the Library, the Learning Commons offers a writing center and tutoring in math, science, and other subjects. The Learning Commons staff also make sure that students with specific academic needs receive the appropriate accommodations. The Peer Education and Resource Center (PERC) provides programs and events that meet student needs. In addition to providing one-on-one support, the Peers facilitate personal growth workshops and academic support groups.
Will my student be in debt?
Tuition at Prescott College is lower than at most private liberal arts colleges, and we offer generous merit and need-based aid packages. Over 99% of Prescott College students receive some aid from the school. Our Admissions and Financial Aid offices work with students to help them find as much grant and scholarship money as possible.
Some students do find it necessary to finance a part of their education with student loans (though, depending on the year, 20% to 40% of our students borrow no funds). Our average graduating student debt is $10,000 below the national average of $35,000.
And when one takes into account the opportunity to earn a tuition-free Master’s degree, Prescott College is an even smarter choice. The average graduate student nationally leaves school with around $57,000 in student debt.
Will my student get a job?
As a school focused on experiential learning, Prescott College prepares students with many opportunities to gain experience in their chosen field, so they leave with not just a transcript of courses taken, but also a resume of experience. Their time in the field helps them meet potential future employers. And their senior project, in which they demonstrate their abilities, often becomes a bridge to what’s next.
Our faculty are practitioners in their fields, as well as academicians, so they have many contacts to help students find internships, independent study sites, and, ultimately jobs. Our alumni have formed a network – Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) – to offer mentoring to new graduates.
And, starting with the incoming class in the Fall of 2016, every Prescott College student has the opportunity to complete a Paid Internship and an accelerated, tuition-free* Masters to further prepare them for taking that next step.
*Students who attend Prescott College for four years can begin taking graduate courses their senior year, and complete most Master’s degrees in their fifth year (with the exception of the Master of Science in Counseling). The fifth year will be offered tuition-free. Transfer students completing at least two years at Prescott College can receive one semester of graduate studies tuition-free.
Will my student find that college is worth the effort?
There’s a lot of discussion in the press and on the web debating if going to college is still worth it. Leaving aside the intrinsic value of higher education and the experiences one gains through attending college, here are a couple of data points:
- The unemployment rate for college graduates is just over 2%. For high school graduates, it’s 5.5%.
- Over the course of their lives, college graduates earn, on average, about $1,000,000 more than high school graduates.
- And, people with a Master’s degree earn about $400,000 more over their lifetimes than those with a bachelor’s degree.