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M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T

Rooted in the ridges and valleys of the Driftless Region of the upper Midwest, Thoreau College models a transformative liberal arts curriculum that immerses students in authentic community, shared labor and governance, and rigorous engagement with great works and natural phenomena. Thoreau College creates a context where students can nurture their sacred curiosity, connect with their deepest selves, and cultivate the capacities they will need to manifest their highest aspirations for the world.

S O U R C E S O F I N S P I R A T I O N

Thoreau College understands liberal arts education to be fundamentally concerned with the cultivation of free human beings who have the capacity to impart direction and meaning to their lives and bring about positive transformation in the world. In our striving to realize an education that meets the needs of the whole human being--body, soul and spirit--we have been deeply informed by the lives and work of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), and LL Nunn (1853-1925).