YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—November 21, 2013—The Antioch College Office of Admission and Financial Aid has announced their final admission cycle that includes the Horace Mann Fellowship, a full-tuition scholarship for four years of study at Antioch College, offered to all students who enter the college in the 2014 academic year.
“We've offered the Horace Mann Fellowship during these formative years to bring the most academically capable and gritty students to the college,” said Micah Canal, dean of admission. “For the right kind of student, one with the drive to dig deeply at an academically rigorous private college and apply those learnings on full-time work placements, just as they take a significant role at a 160-year-old start-up and rethink what a higher education ought to be in this young century, it is an unparalleled opportunity.”
The College expects to enroll between 75 and 85 new students in the 2014 academic year. This will be the fourth entering class for Antioch College, which welcomed its third class of 99 new first-year students to the campus in October. Last fall, the Antioch College Board of Trustees endorsed a “stable growth” formula that aims to expand the student population to approximately 250 students by 2016. The steady growth strategy has been timed with a continued renovation of the historic 160-year-old campus and a multi-phased, multi-year accreditation processes.
The College received more than 800 applications for fall 2013 admission; 18% of those applicants received acceptance letters, a remarkable accomplishment for a college with no students four years ago. Many students turned down offers from other elite colleges to become partners with the administrators and faculty in rebuilding the institution. Currently, the college has received more than 450 applications for fall 2014 admission.
While most members of Antioch’s newest class are first-year students, approximately 9% are transferring from other colleges to attend Antioch. They are academically capable with an average unweighted high school GPA of 3.65 and an average ACT score of 26. They come from 33 states and one from abroad—Germany. Most have taken leadership roles in their communities and all have the capacity to both contribute much to, and gain much from, an Antioch education. Each of these 99 students has been awarded the Horace Mann Fellowship.
“To me, the Horace Mann Fellowship gives even more meaning to my education and my quest to win victories for humanity,” said student Hannah Craig, member of Antioch’s Class of 2017. “The scholarship that comes along with the fellowship's responsibility for action makes what could be an unaffordable education accessible. I am able to focus on following my passions with my incredible education without the fear of being left extreme amounts of debt after graduation.”
A storied college with a history that includes deep connections to the U.S. civil rights and social justice movements, as well as science innovation, Antioch is in its third year of independent operation since its much-publicized 2008 closure. Following months of negotiations, an alumni-led group in September 2009 purchased the campus, rights to the institution’s endowment, its 1,000-acre Glen Helen Preserve, and its award-winning The Antioch Review. The College’s new trustees hired Mark Roosevelt, a former Pittsburgh Schools superintendent and former Massachusetts legislator, as the college’s new president. With just six tenure-track professors on board, the College opened to a class of 35 students in the fall of 2011.
Antioch’s campus remains a work in progress. A nearly 160-year-old dormitory, North Hall, has received a $5.7 million renovation that was recently awarded LEED Gold certification for sustainable construction and was named the second-oldest building in the world to achieve that status. The College began renovations on its the 44,000-square-foot Health and Wellness Center, which will include a fully equipped fitness center, racquetball courts, multi-purpose studio spaces, and a regulation-size indoor swimming pool.
But perhaps the most exciting project the college has recently undertaken in renovations and construction includes building a central geothermal plant that will significantly reduce power usage on campus. Construction on 150 geothermal wells began in November 2013. Once completed, Antioch College will be the only school in the country that's heated and cooled exclusively by geothermal and photovoltaic power.
Antioch College’s alumni include noted television producer and director Rod Serling; civil rights activist Coretta Scott King and her sister, Edythe Scott Bagley; Nobel Prize winner Mario Capecchi; Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton; and novelists Nova Ren Suma and Jaimy Gordon.
About Antioch College
Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
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