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About Simon's Rock
We’re a small, selective, supportive, intensive college of the liberal arts and sciences in the middle of the Berkshires, one of the nation’s cultural and natural treasures. Over 90% of our 400 students join us after 10th or 11th grade in high school. We give them a broad-minded, paradigm-shifting education; faculty trained in the country’s best universities; inspired and inspiring classes; first-class facilities for the sciences, the arts, and athletics; and an astonishing range of opportunities for conducting specialized research and gaining hands-on experience. We offer more than 40 areas of study, many of them interdisciplinary; our academic program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with an Associate of Arts (AA) along the way.
They tend to be smart, independent-minded, self-directed, creative, and passionate about learning. Some of them are academic stars (in high school they might have been in the National Honor Society, or they might have joined Odyssey of the Mind or the National Science Olympiad or Academic Decathlon), but in general they’re not motivated by grades; they’re motivated by ideas, by the prospect of knowing more, making connections, surprising themselves, applying their brains to thorny problems and complicated issues. They might be deeply involved in civic action or community service (they might have been—and might still be—involved in Amnesty International or Habitat for Humanity or Model United Nations), but not because it’ll look good on their resume; they’re involved because the world matters, and they matter in the world. Maybe the most important thing about them is that they’re all here, and nowhere else.
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