Frequently Asked Questions
Are Deep Springs credits transferable?
CurCom and the Dean work together with teachers and students to ensure that credits earned for academic work at Deep Springs will be transferable to other institutions. Over the long term, about 84% of our alumni have been able to transfer all or almost all of their credits, a rate which has been improving in recent years.
What degrees does Deep Springs offer?
Deep Springs offers only an Associate's Degree in the liberal arts. Deep Springers usually transfer after two years at the college to continue their education at a four-year institution. In the long term, over two-thirds of our alumni have earned graduate degrees, with over half holding a doctorate as their terminal degree.
Where exactly is the college?
Our postal address is just over the state line in Dyer, NV, but Deep Springs is on Highway 168 in Inyo County, California. Deep Springs sits in a mountain valley in the Inyo-Whites, just east of the Owens Valley and the Sierra Nevada. The nearest gas station is in Big Pine, CA, and the nearest town with a selection of services and stores is Bishop, CA, 40 miles and an hour's drive away. For more on the High Sierra region, check out 395.com.
Can I transfer to Deep Springs?
Yes, and the application process is the same as for candidates applying directly out of high school. Please submit both high-school and college transcripts.
Applying as a foreign student?
Deep Springs welcomes applicants from other countries. We tend to get more than a few students whose citizenship is complicated. If English is not your first language, please submit TOEFL scores with your first-round application, as solid knowledge of English is essential to success at Deep Springs.
What about older students?
We do not have fixed age limits; each applicant is considered individually. But almost all Deep Springs students enter the college between the ages of 17 and 21, with the occasional outlier. We do not consider applicants who already have a bachelor's (or higher) degree from another institution.
What does it cost to go to Deep Springs?
Every student accepted to Deep Springs receives a scholarship covering tuition, room, and board valued at over $50,000. Students need only pay for travel, books, and incidentals, which we estimate to be less than $2,800 per year.
How is Internet/information access?
We access the Internet through a two-way satellite connection. Speed varies. It's usually slow; sometimes, it's tolerable.
The library is composed of about 20,000 volumes. New books are ordered for each course. Students are in charge of and encouraged to become involved in the Library's acquisitions. Students frequently conspire to order books in quantity from online sellers in order to take advantage of 10-40% discounts.
What about sports?
Athletics at Deep Springs means midnight runs to the Upper Reservoir for polar bear swimming and a steamy sauna, pick-up basketball on the half-court behind the BH, soccer before dinner on the Main Circle, Frisbee, biking, early morning runs and trips to the weight room, hikes, skiing, and climbing on break in the High Sierras. If you had to rationalize attending Deep Springs as a competitive athlete, you could resolve to take labor positions that are physically strenuous, hoping to keep in good shape in anticipation of a career during the final two years of a 4-year run.
Smoking at Deep Springs?
Smoking is not allowed in any of the buildings or near hay-bales and other combustibles. The dry desert climate demands serious fire-consciousness at all times. We're 45 minutes from the nearest emergency services, so a fire could be disastrous. Other than that, tobacco is permitted.
Are there other colleges like Deep Springs?
Deep Springs is unique in the nature and extent of its commitment to the principle of student self-governance, the integrity of labor to the program, and the high quality of academics. However, there are a number of other schools that share the values of high student involvement, experiential learning, a relatively small size, and close student-faculty cooperation. You might want to look at Berea College in Kentucky, the College of the Atlantic in Maine, the Evergreen State College in Washington, Prescott College in Arizona, Shimer College in Illinois, Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, and Western Washington University's Fairhaven College.