Horace Mann, first president of Antioch College, was an abolitionist and educational visionary. Mann founded Antioch in 1852 and the college has been a pioneering and values-driven secular institution since that time operating at its Yellow Springs, Ohio campus. Antioch was among the first nonsectarian educational institutions in the United States. It was the first co-educational college in the nation to offer the same educational opportunities to both men and women and the first to appoint a woman to its faculty and to its Board of Trustees. In the 20th century, Antioch redefined liberal arts education by initiating an entrepreneurial and experiential curriculum through the development of its hallmark cooperative work program.
The cooperative work program at Antioch is a co-op program of work terms alternating with academic terms, in which meaningful work placements are chosen and integrated with individual aspirations and needs. Every other quarter, Antioch College students go off-campus for full-time, paid work. Their jobs range from positions in schools, nonprofit groups, government agencies, hospitals, museums and businesses throughout the country and around the world. Students earn college credit for these co-op jobs as they are an integral part of the Antioch College experience. The co-op program is uniquely designed to relate your work experience to academic learning, and the strengths you are developing, by alternating work and study. The placement is chosen to integrate with your overall academic and life plans.
The Antioch College is designed to provide a rich program of academic study alternating with work placements, on a year-around calendar that will allow a traditional 180-credit degree in nine study quarters and 6 work quarters including one six-month long work term. Building on a 90 year-old tradition, Antioch College remains the only liberal arts institution in the nation to require comprehensive off-campus, paid work experiences of all students. Studies indicate that students in cooperative education programs gain maturity, motivation, problem-solving abilities and clarity about their goals.
The four Areas of Study at Antioch are Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. In these main areas of education, Antioch offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Students choose their degree based on their area of concentration and major. These are traditional undergraduate degrees, allowing you to move directly into a career or to pursue post-graduate study.
In an age where mass-produced education is a powerful tendency, Antioch College commits itself to work with each student to discover and nurture his or her personal gifts, learning style, challenges, and aspirations. Students will develop an individualized major with the help of their academic advisor. This can range from familiar majors like history or visual art to particular programs that develop a student’s interests. At Antioch, class sizes are small enough to allow extensive discussion and personal faculty attention to your own learning. Students receive mentored growth in community-participation skills from the beginning of your time at the college, and developing throughout the Antioch experience. Currently, no distance learning programs are available at Antioch but may be in the future.
Antioch College seeks to provide a rigorous liberal arts education on the belief that scholarship and life experience are strengthened when linked, that diversity in all its manifestations is a fundamental component of excellence in education, and that authentic social and community engagement is vital for those who strive to win victories for humanity.