Thank you for your interest in the Thoreau College Semester Program!  The application process includes several phases, outlined below.  The Phase 1 application deadline for the Fall 2023 program is May 15, 2023.  We will admit up to 14 qualified candidates for this cohort.  Get started now by clicking this link:

Semester Program Application Process

Phase 1: Preliminary Application

Completing this short preliminary application form is the first step towards applying. Get the process started by completing this form today! New applications will be accepted until the program cohort is full. Please contact us at if you have any questions or if you would like a Word document version of the application.

Phase 2: Full Written Application

If it seems like you might be a good fit for the program, you will be invited to continue to Phase 2 of the application process, during which you will receive a link to a more extensive application form that will include longer essay questions.

Phase 3: Interview & References

Once you have submitted Phase 2 of the application, you will be invited to participate in an interview with members of our Admissions Circle, which includes faculty and current program participants. Interviews typically last about 45 minutes and can take place in person or via Zoom as circumstances allow. Applicants who are able to visit us in Viroqua are encouraged to do so! During this phase we will also contact personal references submitted as part of Phase 2.

Note: At this time, Thoreau College has not received formal academic accreditation and does not confer any formal qualification, certification, or transferable credits, although we are currently exploring the possibility of doing this. If this a concern for you, please contact us to discuss this further.

Thoreau College is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. Thoreau College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.