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Big Pine, USA
Deep Springs College is located on a ranch in the eastern Californian desert. The college was founded in 1917 when understandings of education were changing, but is currently receiving a new level of attention. Less than 30 students live together at the institution. The college focuses on manual labour, dedication to the community, and self-governance. At the same time, life on the farm is aimed at showing the pupils that their actions directly affect their surrounding environment.
Tuition fees are not charged; instead, the students commit themselves to working 20 hours a week on the farm. There is only one course: liberal arts, but it is highly flexible and can be adapted to meet the students’ interests. Professors of humanities and natural sciences are available on site, and the ratio of professors to students is 1:5. Every year, the students decide who can join the next cohort and who should be able to come back to take the second year. Until now, the college has only been open to men, but the college plans to open its courses to women in the future.