Why Antioch University? Because Antioch is different.

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At Antioch University, we are a community of students empowered with the knowledge, skills, and passion to lead meaningful lives and advance social, economic, and environmental justice. We are faculty sharing our rich professional experiences, committed to mentor-based education for your ultimate success. All of our distinctive academic programs prepare our students to be free thinkers, community leaders, and agents of positive change.

Admission Process

Our admission process focuses holistically on your life experience, taking into consideration the possibility you may be returning to formal education after many years. Using a system of Prior Learning Credits, interviews, references, and essays, we take into account all of your applied knowledge and experiences. At Antioch University, your lived and earned knowledge is a valuable asset.

Collaborative Environments

You don’t work in a silo, so you shouldn’t learn in one either. Our collaborative environments place an emphasis on learning through meaningful interactions with other learners. This stimulating environment further encourages the challenging of the status quo through group discussion and analysis. It also introduces and enhances invaluable leadership and management skills that are applicable in any workplace.

Experiential Learning

Our approach to experiential learning extends beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Many students come equipped with previous accomplishments and life experiences that we consider when evaluating how best to serve them and you. At Antioch, you’ll learn skills, knowledge, and techniques that are directly translatable to your field. We believe hands-on learning, internships, and experiences outside of the classroom, are vital to personal and professional growth.

Individual Attention

Intimate classes and professors who care about their students are part of the DNA at Antioch University. Our faculty are responsive, knowledgeable, and ready to help you throughout your studies. Individualized attention allows you to build outstanding rapports with professors who are trained to adapt to each individual’s learning style. This close relationship is often beneficial beyond graduation as you continue down your career path with the support of a lifelong mentor.


We recognize that it’s not possible to put life on hold while you go back to school. By offering a personalized course structure and a robust selection of online and low residency programs, you’ll be able to find a degree that fits your busy schedule and gives you the learning outcomes you need to succeed.

Adult Classrooms

Some of our students are returning, adult learners and some of our students are in the process of finishing their education. Everyone around you at Antioch is here with one common goal: to better themselves through the pursuit of higher education. By working with, and alongside, peers on a similar life path, you have the added benefit of collaborating with other students who take learning seriously. This creates a supportive and engaging environment, with the added benefit of networking with like-minded individuals in your field.

Narrative Assessment

Antioch University’s learning philosophy has always been based on individual evaluation and synthesis of what you’ve learned into demonstrated knowledge. At Antioch, we use narrative assessment, rather than letter grades, to provide a meaningful, actionable evaluation of what you’ve learned. Letter grade equivalencies for graduate school applications or employer tuition reimbursement are available upon request.

Our “no tests, no grades” philosophy appeals to some and differs from tradition for others, but we believe it accommodates people with different learning styles and better prepares you for a career in professional settings where success is often measured by presentations and written communication. Coursework values demonstrated learning over test scores, further preparing you for a successful career ahead.


Antioch University is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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