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About Antioch

We are a Community in Action

What do we mean by a “new kind of college”?

A New Kind of College…
Antioch is A College of Action.

Antioch prepares students to live lives of intention. Students have agency to design their education, to own that education, to govern their college, to collaborate with their faculty, and extend their classroom learning into the real world.

When you become an Antiochian, you don’t just attend a college that has been around since 1850. You participate in a movement rooted in a tradition of breaking boundaries to face the challenges of now.

We are grounded in experiential learning. This is a laboratory college where you learn by doing. From problem-based projects to makerspaces, cultural immersion to worked-based co-op education, you will have the freedom to experiment, try, fail and grow.

We are committed to community. This is a collaborative college, a place where we practice democracy as a part of everyday life. As an Antiochian, you will participate in the design and governance of the college. You don’t just follow the rules here. You help make them.

We are connected to the world. Your education will be presented through the lenses of both local and worldwide community problem-solving. Whatever path you choose, we will work closely with you to help you translate learning into winning victories for humanity.

Horace Mann,

First President of Antioch College

Our first president, Horace Mann, set the tone for what would come to be a college of firsts. First coeducational college in the nation to offer the same educational opportunities to men and women. First undergraduate liberal arts college to embrace community-based cooperative work as part of the curriculum. One of the first to offer African-Americans equal educational opportunities.

To fully understand where Antioch College is going, you need to know where we’ve been.

Grounded in Experiential Learning

Reading and hearing about how others have made a positive impact on the world is a great start. But Antiochians don’t stop there.

We boldly go into our surrounding community of Yellow Springs, across the country and around the world in pursuit of real-world experiences we call “co-ops.”

Co-op experiences are offered in these areas:

  • Animal Advocacy, Rescue & Rehab
  • Appropriate Technology, Energy, & Systems Design
  • Arts & Performance
  • Biomed, Public Health, & Health Advocacy
  • Community Organizing & Development
  • Creative Enterprise, Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Youth Empowerment
  • Environmental Science & Ecology
  • Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts
  • History, Archives, & Libraries
  • Literature & Publishing
  • Media Arts & Communication
  • Policy, Advocacy, Law
  • Psychology, Mindfulness, & Wellness

And in these places:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Senegal
  • Spain
  • St. Vincent
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Committed to Community

Students at Antioch College work with faculty and staff to collaborate on almost everything. This includes what kind of independent groups are on campus, community projects, events and even how we run the campus.

All Antiochians contribute to the decision-making process for the school. It’s a laboratory for democracy in which students learn to use their voices to advocate on issues that matter and to make positive community change.

Students serve in many ways.

  • Community Council (ComCil)
  • Event Planning
  • Faculty Searches
  • Committees
  • Task Groups
  • Community Standards Board
  • Staff Members

Connected to the World

In addition to international Co-op opportunities, the Language & Culture Program offers students an opportunity to learn about the experiences of people from around the world.

Students engage with topics designed to inspire social consciousness about the challenges facing our worldwide community. Understanding is the first step toward winning victories for humanity.

Our curriculum has covered a wide variety of topics.

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Divided States: Dialogue Across Difference
  • Participatory Education
  • Borders, Borderlands, and Border-crossing
  • Food, Farming and Resilience: Integrative Learning on the Antioch Farm
  • Food: Global and Local Challenges
  • Sustainability Through Participatory Action Research
  • U.S. Foreign Policy: the Geopolitics of Empire
  • On Eating, Thinking and Cooking*
  • Action-Research on Participatory Education*
  • Moveable Feast: A Community of Food*
  • Reskilling: Gender & Self Reliance*
  • Critical Pedagogy Practicum*

The academic experience includes: 

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Visiting Speakers
  • Small- and Large-group Discussions
  • Field Trips
  • Student-driven Projects