We offer two degree pathways: the BA and AA. (If you want to get really technical, there is also a third pathway, for students who want to pursue one of our dual degree options—scroll down for more info.) Whichever one you choose it is likely that you’ll complete your BA by age 20 - a significant head start in pursuing your personal and professional goals.
As a BA student, you’ll have an incredible amount of freedom, and a high degree of responsibility. You’ll be able to customize your areas of concentration, choose your courses, take advantage of horizon-broadening study-away or signature program opportunities and design and complete your Senior Thesis. Your classes will be small, intimate conversations, and you’ll work closely with faculty and advisors who know you and your work. From Moderation into the program through graduation day, your professors will offer support and guidance as they inspire you to meet the ambitious goals and high standards they know you are capable of meeting.
It’s an exceptional educational experience designed by you. And one that will leave you formidably positioned for opportunities after graduation, including advanced study at the best graduate schools (80 percent of Rockers enroll in grad school) and work with some of the most innovative employers.
All students at Simon’s Rock earn their associate’s degrees (AA) after two years. It’s a liberal arts framework that is individualized but also rigorous and well-rounded. You’ll be asked to choose courses that appeal to you in all the required disciplines. Shared common experiences such as the Writing and Thinking Workshop and First-Year Seminars I & II will help you build a strong foundation for further study. By the end of the second year, you will know what it means to engage in meaningful intellectual inquiry, and you’ll be ready to follow your curiosity wherever it leads you.
From there, students go through Sophomore Planning and some students decide to transfer with their AAs to complete their final two years of college elsewhere. Simon’s Rock sends students to some of the nation’s most prestigious, selective colleges and universities - Brown, Columbia, University of Chicago, Hampshire, Stanford, to name a few.
Talk to students in the AA and BA programs about how they create their own paths.