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Antioch College

Antioch CollegeInformation about Antioch College and its Origin

Antioch University sprouted out of Antioch College in the 70's, when leadership decided becoming a university system would be beneficial. So the College became Antioch University, but retained the liberal arts campus while it spread new university locations across the US. Over the following decades, however, the university closed many of its satellite campuses and built a new central campus for itself in Yellow Springs, about a mile and a half from the liberal arts campus. And then, in 2008, the University closed the liberal arts campus, and the original college with it. Then, between '08 and '11 the alumni of the College raised the money to literally purchase the college back from the University entity and reopen the original campus in its original form—a private liberal arts college serving undergraduate students—while the University maintained its structure serving primarily adult learners. So the two, Antioch College and Antioch University, are now completely legally separate institutions located in the same town but serving different populations of students and sharing a common history.

Antioch College is unusual in that it doesn't use letter grades to evaluate students and places high value on learning a second (or multiple languages) and experience while in college. Students may also design their own major to fit their educational and life goals. More information about academic programs and the experiential and language requirement is listed below.

  • Information about Antioch's 11 major programs and the self-designed major can be found here.
  • Antioch's co-operative program, which sends students across the world to do full-time work or volunteer experience every year (and requires self-reflection and critical thinking regarding their impact) has information here. They also have a glorious web presence at Antioch Engaged.
  • Antioch has a commitment to sustainability and social justice and a long history of social and political activism.
  • They have a language program in Japanese, Spanish, or French which often results in students obtaining a co-op experience in the country of that language's origin.
  • Interested students can request more information from us and set up a time to visit, if they'd like. Or visit with Antioch representative when they come to Columbus State!
  • Antioch's admissions application can be found through Common App or on our website, and there is no application fee. Antioch has rolling admission for transfer students

Interested students should contact the Admissions Office at Antioch College.