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Simply the best two years of my life. Period.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Deep Springs is based on three pillars: labor,Super BrilliantOther
Deep Springs is based on three pillars: labor, academics, and self-governance. At Deep Springs we are offered an incredible college experience, free of charge, with the expectation that we will work to serve humanity during our lifetimes. Deep Springs is located in a breathtaking natural environment, an isolated desert valley the size of Manhattan. The small size of the student body (26) makes Deep Springs an intimate academic and social experience. I came to Deep Springs because I knew that every other college would allow me to graduate as the same person I entered and only reaffirm my adolescent views. Deep Springs forces me to find some meaning greater than a diploma in my education and some meaning greater than myself in my life.
1st Year Male -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C
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The two years I spent at Deep Springs were probably (and unfortunately) the two best years of my life. I say unfortunately because 18 is way too young to have the best years of one's life. It rather spoils you for other things. I graduated from a "magnet" boarding school and I think any other college I could have gotten into (I was accepted to the University of Chicago after 2 years at DSC though I decided to go to a cheaper but well considered public university)would have taught me what I needed academically. Deep Springs is so much more than academics though. Where else is a band of 26 18 year old men given the reins of power (and responsibility) over their community? We ran the college, ran the ranch and studied together in some very intense seminar classes. All this in the strikingly austere beauty of the high desert of eastern CA. I kid you not, it was a lot of work and the place is designed to create stress and make people work interdependently. The smartest, more compassionate and humble men I have known were in my class there and are still some of my closest friends. I was lucky, damn lucky, to live there and be a part of the community.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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