Thank you for your interest in the Thoreau College Metamorphosis Year!  Our application process consists of three phases that will help us to get to know you as a person, as well as your motivations for applying and your goals and dreams for the future.  Applications will be reviewed by our Outreach and Admissions Circle, which consists of Thoreau College faculty, students, and alumni.  Click on the button below to get started with the application today!

The application process has three steps:

Phase 1: Preliminary Application – Priority Deadline – March 12, 2021

Completing this short preliminary application form is the first step towards applying. Get the process started by completing this form today! After March 12, new applications will be accepted on a rolling basis 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 – Priority Deadline – April 1, 2021

Applicants who complete the Phase 1 application by March 12 will hear back from us no later than March 15. 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. Completing the Phase 2 form and essays by April 1st will guarantee that you will be able to have a final admissions decision from us by April 30, if not earlier.

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.