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Prescott College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Prescott College

Prescott College, a private, 4-year institution, is located in the small city of Prescott in central Arizona. The college was founded in 1962 and classes began in the fall of 1966. Prescott was first accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1984 and received its most recent reaccreditation in 2009. Additional accreditation has been earned for all Prescott programs through the Association for Experiential Learning.

The college has four field stations including three in Arizona and one in Mexico. These sites complement Prescott's hands-on learning approach by providing off-campus locations for research, classes, workshops, and field trips. Online programs are also offered to facilitate distance learning.


Prescott College awards certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctorates. Undergraduates can choose from six program areas including environmental studies, cultural and regional studies, arts and letters, human development, adventure education, and education. For 2011-2012, Prescott awarded most of its bachelor's degrees in environmental studies (29) and elementary education (19). The highest number of master's degrees awarded was in counseling psychology (17), and all eight doctoral degrees were in education.

For fall 2011, Prescott had 76 full-time faculty members, 84 part-time faculty members, and 11 graduate assistants. With a student body of 1,134, the student-to-faculty ratio is about 9 to 1.


Prescott College accepts applications on a rolling basis with a final deadline of August 15 for the fall term and December 15 for the spring semester. Students who apply by December 1 of their senior year of high school will receive a notification letter by December 15. In order to be considered for merit scholarships, students must apply by March 1 for fall admission. Applications are accepted online or by mail and must include transcripts from high school and any colleges attended, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, an essay, and SAT or ACT scores. There is no application fee. For fall 2011, 424 students applied to Prescott, 83% were admitted, and 19% enrolled.

According to fall 2011 enrollment statistics, 81% of the undergraduate students attended full-time and 19% attended part-time. Sixty percent were female and 40% were male. The racial breakdown was 75% White, 7% Hispanic or Latino, 2% Black or African American, 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1% Asian, and 14% Other.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 was $27,829, plus an additional $5,900 for on-campus room and board, $720 for books and supplies, and $3,800 for other expenses. The average tuition for graduate students was $16,440 plus $300 in fees. A tuition payment plan is available.

In 2010-2011, 95% of Prescott College's first-year undergraduate students received financial aid including grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, and veteran benefits. All students who plan to start in the fall are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. Students planning to start in the spring should submit their FAFSA by October 15.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 730 undergraduate, 404 graduate*
Student Housing New, on-campus apartments for freshmen; off-campus housing for upperclassmen**
Programs 6 undergraduate study areas**
Student-Faculty Ratio 8 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) For 2011-12:
Bachelor's: Environmental Studies (29)
Master's: Counseling Psychology (17)
Doctorate: Education (8)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (For 2005 Freshman Class) 20% graduated in 4 years; 29% graduated in 6 years*
Admission Rate (Fall 2011) 83%*
Entering Class Size (Fall 2011) 66 students enrolled***
First-Year Retention Rates (2010-2011) 62% of full-time students returned*
Middle Range of SAT/ACT Scores for Admitted Students (Fall 2011) SAT: critical reading 510-650, math 470-630, writing 500-610
ACT: composite 21-26, English 21-27, math 20-25*
Application Due Date Early decision: December 1
Merit scholarship: March 1 for fall or November 1 for spring
Regular decision: August 15 for fall or November 1 for spring**
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions for most applicants; December 15 for early decision applicants**
Tuition and Fees (2011-12) Undergraduate: $27,829
Graduate: $16,440 (on average)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving it) For 2010-11:
Grants or scholarships (91%)
Institutional grants or scholarships (89%)
Federal student loans (82%)
Federal grants (36%)
Pell grants (34%)
Other federal grants (12%)
Other student loans (5%)*
Percent of First-year Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2010-11) 95%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, **Prescott College, ***National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301
  • Phone: (877) 350-2100
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