Thank you for your interest in the Thoreau College Metamorphosis Gap Semester !  The application process includes several phases, outlined below.  We will admit up to 14 qualified candidates for this cohort a rolling basis.  Get started now by clicking this link!

Phase 1: Preliminary Application – Priority Application Deadline – January 1, 2024

Completing this short form is the first step in the application process. Please tell us about your background and interest in our program. If you have any questions or would like a Word/PDF version of this application, contact us at  We will begin filling places in the fall cohort on a rolling basis beginning on January 1, 2024.

Phase 2: Full Written Application  

After reviewing your Phase 1 application, we will invite you to complete Phase 2 if it seems that you would be a good fit for the program. The Phase 2 application is more extensive than Phase 1 and will include longer essay questions. Your Phase 2 application will be due within 2 weeks of your invitation to complete it.

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 alumni of earlier programs. 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 is 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.