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Four years after closure, Antioch College to welcome its second class

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—October 1, 2012—The student population at the historic Antioch College will more than double in size on October 2 when 75 new undergrads arrive for fall orientation.

This is the second year of independent operation for Antioch College, which closed in June 2008. 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.

“Our closure gave us a unique opportunity to take a step back and examine what we were doing well and what we could to improve,” Roosevelt said. “Our particular model for liberal arts education combines academic rigor with real-world experience. We put students to work so that they can begin to test the theories they confront in the classroom. We make students active partners in their own learning, not just passive recipients. And we do all that we can to ensure students leave here not with a mountain of debt but the skills and capacity to excel professionally or in graduate school.”

All students admitted to Antioch College during its first four years of operation receive the Horace Mann Fellowship, a competitive award that comes with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. The College received more than 3,000 applications for fall 2012 admission. Many students turned down offers from other elite colleges to become partners with the administrators and faculty in rebuilding the institution.

While most members of Antioch’s new class are first-year students, 17 percent are transferring from other colleges to attend Antioch. Fifty-three percent of the students entering the College in October are from outside of the state of Ohio. The average GPA of those incoming students is 3.69 (unweighted). Among students who submitted test scores with their applications, the average SAT verbal and math score was 1180; the average ACT score was 27 (Antioch is a test-optional school).

Antioch’s campus remains a work in progress. The 1943 Birch Hall dormitory, a design of famed architect Eero Saarinen, is home to the first class of students. A nearly 160-year-old dormitory, North Hall, has gotten a $5.7 million renovation that will make it the oldest building in the U.S. to meet LEED Gold Standard for sustainable construction. And the historic 1930s Science Building—where the likes of Leland Clark and Mario Capecchi studied while working on their bachelor’s degrees—will begin a $3.5 million partial renovation beginning this fall.

Antioch College was an early pioneer of the cooperative education program that requires students to complete full-time periods of paid work as part of their education. The College was also one of the first fully coeducational and racially integrated colleges in the U.S.

Cooperative education remains a core component of the Antioch education; all students complete at least four quarters of full-time work off campus. Additionally, the general education curriculum includes emphases on language acquisition (most students will do one year of language study leading to novice-high proficiency in a second language) and global issues (students are required to complete four of six global seminars on food, water, energy, health, governance, and education).

Antioch College’s alumni include noted television producer and director Rod Sterling; 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.


Gariot P. Louima
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