An Introduction to Antioch College

We live in a world where our everyday lives are directly impacted by complex social and ecological problems. Antioch College is a platform that empowers students to take on 21st century challenges by breaking down the barrier between academic knowledge and real-world experiences.

An innovator in higher education for over 170 years, Antioch is at the forefront of individualized study and experiential learning. Antioch students pursue their passions through dynamic Self-Designed Majors that that draw on multiple academic disciplines. Our renowned Cooperative Education program has placed students in over 1,200 credit-bearing work experiences in the United States and 35 countries around the world. The Antioch experience culminates with a celebration of Senior Capstone Projects – original student works inspired by their Self-Designed Majors.

Social justice, environmental sustainability, and democratic community governance are at the heart of the College. Through the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, students connect with the social movements leading the fight for equality and justice. Antioch boasts a Silver rating in sustainability from the AASHE Stars program and holds a strategic partnership with the Glen Helen Nature Preserve – a living laboratory for environmental studies. Antioch’s Community Council brings students, faculty, and staff together to improve life on campus and insure all voices are heard.

Antioch’s general education and academic programs include courses in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The curriculum supports pre-professional pathways in the biomedical sciences and psychology. After graduation, Antioch students go on to pursue graduate study or leverage their knowledge and work experiences to launch their careers.

Since its founding in 1850, Antioch College has been guided by the words of its first president, the celebrated educator Horace Mann, who told its first graduating class: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” Our future may be full of uncertainties. What is certain is that Antioch students will be shaping that future for the betterment of all. Change


The mission of Antioch College is 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.

Accreditation and Authorization

Antioch College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Antioch College is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to award Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Antioch College is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), a consortium of thirteen private liberal arts colleges located in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The GLCA also manages the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA), which is an organization of 29 liberal arts colleges and universities, located in 17 nations, whose purpose is to strengthen education in the tradition of the liberal arts through the exchange of experience and the development of mutually beneficial programs.

Antioch College is no longer affiliated with Antioch University.

The Antioch College Community

The Antioch College Community is defined as students, staff, and faculty currently enrolled in or employed at the college. Together we work to fulfill our mission and live our vision every day both inside and outside the classroom.

Antioch College attracts students from throughout the United States, including Ohio, New York, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Florida. Most students who attend Antioch College complete rigorous secondary education, including International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and honors programs.

Our students are National Merit Scholar finalists and semifinalists, accomplished artists and musicians, and serious scholars. Many students who come to Antioch College have completed some college coursework prior to applying to Antioch College, spent some time studying or traveling abroad, or speak at least one foreign language. Current students speak Spanish, Japanese, and French. The College is proud of its record of recruiting students from a wide variety of backgrounds, orientations, and interests.

A large number of students have done work in sustainability. Their biographies include stints farming in developing countries, working in agriculture and biodiversity, village construction and environmental conservation in Central America and South America, and organic farming in South America. Their academic interests are also wide ranging: ecological or sustainable architecture, sustainability and rural development, animation, African American studies, creative writing, philosophy, literature, and more.

Through engagement with all aspects of campus life, students have the opportunity to practice deliberative action, intercultural awareness, social engagement, and strategies of sustainability. This learning is linked in a holistic way to classroom study, cooperative education, and community experience.

Like the students at Antioch College, faculty and staff represent diverse backgrounds, interests, and fields of study. Within the faculty there are practicing artists and scholars representing cutting edge work in diverse disciplines. Students and faculty interact both in and out of the classroom; in project based learning, in the dining hall over shared meals, through the advising process, and at our weekly Community Meetings. These opportunities for conversation outside of the formal conventions of the classroom create opportunities for all members of the community to learn from one another

The staff and faculty at Antioch are comprised of nationally searched tenure track professors and administrators, the local Yellow Springs community members, and past college employees who bring a rich and nuanced understanding of our enterprise. Legacy and history are important components of the new Antioch. Also important are the creative innovations that result from authentic participation on the part of members of our current community.