Academics at Prescott College
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Academically and technically proficient outdoor leaders: our graduates are field tested
For over fifty years we’ve been the leader in Adventure Education, providing students with opportunities to launch careers they’re passionate about. With this bachelors degree in Adventure Education, you'll have the opportunity to explore the most remote and beautiful areas in our own state of Arizona as well as breathtaking locations around the world. Be it on snow, vertical rock, ocean, river, or in the classroom – you will develop theoretical grounding, leadership abilities, practical and technical skills, health and fitness, and sensitivity to the environment.
Our graduates can be found guiding clients safely up a vertical rock face, rafting down the Grand Canyon with a group of clients, forecasting avalanche dangers at a Forest Service avalanche center, and managing logistics and field risks while scientists work on a remote ice cap.
A bachelor’s degree for true adventurers and explorers
There’s a reason why Backpacker Magazine ranked us one of the Top Schools for Hikers. It all starts with a 21-day Wilderness Orientation in the backcountry of Arizona. You will develop a sense of place and make connections to the Southwest through rigorous backcountry travel, map and wilderness navigation, and by studying the natural and cultural history of your route.
Following orientation you will have ample opportunities to explore Arizona and the Southwest, in areas like the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, and the Sierra Nevadas. There are also plenty of chances to explore other interests and curiosities. Many students combine the field of Adventure Education with another study area such as Human Development or Environmental Studies.
At Prescott College, you’ll get to design a bachelors degree that’s as unique as you are. Students have designed degrees in areas ranging from Wilderness Leadership to Outdoor Program Administration and Therapeutic Use of Adventure Education.
Want to take your education further? Be sure to ask about our accelerated, tuition-free Master’s degree in Adventure Education!
Ready to find out more? Connect with an admissions counselor. You can also meet the amazing group of inspiring people who teach our courses, and more importantly - who are mentors and passionate leaders.
Life & Career OutcomesLife & Career Outcomes
- Adventure Program Administrator
- Alpine Mountaineering Instructor
- Avalanche Course Educator
- Avalanche Forecaster
- Backcountry Ski Guide
- Camp Counselor
- Camp Director
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Environmental Educator
- Graduate School
- Mountain or Rock Climbing Guide
- National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor/Administrator
- Outdoor Business Owner
- Outdoor Program Administrator
- Outward Bound Instructor/Administrator
- River Guide
- Rock Climbing Instructor
- School Based Adventure Coordinator
- Scientific Research Technician in Extreme Environments
- Sea Kayaking Instructor
- Search and Rescue Staff
- Ski Instructor
- Ski Patrol/Snow Safety Personnel
- Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
- Wilderness Medicine Educator
- Wilderness Therapy Staff/Clinician
Signature CoursesSignature Courses
Faculty & Mentor GuidesFaculty & Mentor Guides
Academic ResourcesAcademic Resources
Prescott College’s 2,800 square-foot Equipment Warehouse is a storage facility housing the College’s field equipment and a staging area for student forays into the wilderness. Staffers regularly rotate the state-of-the-art equipment and inventory to provide students with access to the latest in adventure gear. The Equipment Warehouse staff provides equipment for camping, backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, ski touring, avalanche forecasting, whitewater kayaking and rafting, sea kayaking, canoeing, and wilderness orientation.More Information Video: Prescott College Warehouse Tour
Prescott College Library
The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county. Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.More Information
River Studies and Leadership Certificate
The River Studies and Leadership Certificate is designed to offer undergraduate students—who have become inspired to join the next generation of river professionals—a foundation of knowledge, skills, and experience in river-based science, policy, conservation, education, and recreation. Undergraduate students are awarded this certificate by the River Management Society after they have successfully completed a cogent package of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project.More Information