F R E Q U E N T L Y A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S
Is it a college?
Thoreau College is an initiative to create a 4 year, transformative liberal arts college in Viroqua, WI. As steps towards becoming a 4 year college, we have run a series of programs including the Prelude, the Founding Fellows, and currently a Semester Program at Thoreau College.
When does it start?
The semester program runs each year August-December.
Did the schedule change?
Yes, the semester program was originally designed as a 9-month program called Growing Seasons, and is now a fall semester program.
Is it accredited?
Thoreau College is not formally accredited, although we are currently pursuing becoming formally accredited in the future. Completion of a Thoreau College program currently does not result in transferable credits or any other formal qualification or certification.
Can you accept students from other countries?
Thoreau College can accept students from other countries, but cannot grant student visas. We can assist prospective students with getting a volunteer or tourist visa so they can participate in our programs, and which we have successfully done for international students in the past.
How much does it cost?
Thoreau College programs use a pledge process to determine the fee for tuition and living expenses for each individual participant. Once students are accepted, they fill out a financial form to give us an idea of their financial situation. Then they work with a member of our Finance Circle to learn about our costs of running the program and together they determine what they can contribute.
Where will I live?
For the majority of the program participants live in shared houses in the town of Viroqua. Students self-govern their households, sharing chores and meals and are mentored on community living. Students will also spend some time at Bear Creek Farm, a 30 minute drive from Viroqua, which is also the campus of the Driftless Folk School.