Deep Springs at 100
Deep Springs admitted its first class of students in the fall of 1917. Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States. World War I still raged in Europe. Women had yet to receive universal suffrage in America. Amidst the burgeoning progressivism of the era, L.L. Nunn sought to establish a pioneering form of higher education that would develop students of fixed purpose and character who would dedicate themselves to the higher cause of service.
In 2017, Deep Springs will complete our first century in progressive education. While celebrating a big round number like “100” is rewarding and fulfilling, more importantly we will inaugurate our second century and look to the future. For much of its existence, Deep Springs has been considered an “experimental” college. Our longevity – and the successful impact of our graduates in the world – establishes that we are no longer just an experiment. Instead, Deep Springs is a leading model of how education can shape the whole individual through a demanding course of intellectual pursuit, meaningful labor, and genuine participation in self-governance.
The college will host a series of events in 2017 to commemorate the occasion, including a reunion of alumni, faculty, staff and family at our high desert campus following summer graduation.
Throughout its one hundred years, Deep Springs has never charged tuition of its students. Instead, we have relied almost exclusively on contributions to meet expenses, first from the founder himself and ultimately from thousands of individuals with gifts both large and small. To propel the college solidly into a new century, we are launching the New Century Campaign for Deep Springs. See our Contribute section for details.