There are a few reasons why someone might be ineligible to apply to Deep Springs. We do not consider applicants who have already completed a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent at another institution, or are over the age of 23 (at the application deadline).
Deep Springs welcomes applications without regard to race, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion or political affiliation.
Deep Springs is no longer a single-sex college. For a century, (the last few years under court order, now lifted), Deep Springs did consider gender in applications, by excluding applicants who did not identify as male. During a three-year period of transition to coeducation (classes entering in 2018, 2019, and 2020), the admissions committee plans to ensure a rapid transition to a balance of men and women in the student body. This means that while we welcome applications from all, gender will remain a consideration in admissions. After three years, the college community will consider together whether or not to continue this policy. Meanwhile, our pursuit of rough gender balance does not imply every student must have a traditional gender identification; the college still welcomes applications from students with non-traditional gender identities.
Transfer students who have not completed a four-year degree are welcome to apply. There are no special deadlines or processes for transfer students, but they must submit transcripts from their college-level careers in addition to secondary school transcripts. Regardless of prior college experience, every student enters Deep Springs as a “first-year”.
The full-scholarship for tuition, room, and board is awarded automatically to all admitted students, regardless of financial need, country of origin, or any other considerations. Admitted students in financial need can consult with the Dean to receive funding assistance for books, travel, and incidental expenses.
Applicants without the financial resources to travel to the college for a second-round interview may apply to the Dean for assistance with travel within the continental U.S. No one should be discouraged by such costs from submitting a first-round application in November.