Top 5 Lists
What are the five best civilian schools for leadership?
- Deep Springs CollegeBishop, California
- This quirky, two-year liberal arts college in the desert dividing California from Nevada
gives each of its twenty-odd male students a full scholarship—and puts the students to
work running a cattle ranch. They also run the college, which is governed by New
England–style town meetings. In between high-level seminars in the liberal arts and
science, students choose new faculty and staff, decide on admissions, and develop a level of
moral responsibility rare outside of the service academies. They typically transfer to elite
colleges to complete their degrees.
- University of RichmondRichmond, Virginia
- The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at Richmond is the first such dedicated program
in the United States, and its offerings are sophisticated and academically challenging. It
follows Cicero’s definition of the liberal arts as training in citizenship, and uses this as
a focal point for a broad, traditional education in the humanities and social sciences. This
program is the brightest spot at an otherwise rather unremarkable school.
- Patrick Henry CollegePurcellville, Virginia
- This college founded by and for homeschoolers has grown in little more than a decade
into an academically respected liberal arts academy—and one that combines a broad
education in the Western tradition with a focus on developing professional skills, making
career connections, and preparing each student to take a role as a Christian leader in
society. Every student must complete a real-world internship in business, education, or
politics in order to graduate.
- College of the OzarksPoint Lookout, Missouri
- This distinctive “working college” is highly selective because it offers
free tuition to every student—each of whom pays his way through “Hardwork
U” by laboring some fifteen hours weekly. Most students are first-generation college
students from poor families, and they work on the school’s cattle and pig farm, bake and
sell fruitcakes, and staff its radio station and lodge. The education is rigorous, steeped
in Christian values, patriotism, and the Protestant work ethic. The school’s Character
Curriculum teaches moral values drawn from the Great Books of the West.
- Wyoming Catholic CollegeLander, Wyoming
- This recently founded rural college combines a rigorous education in the Great Books of
Western civilization and in Catholic theology with a year’s required courses in
equestrianship, and periodic “Outward Bound”–style wilderness expeditions where
students must work together to master the challenges of nature. Wyoming emphasizes physical,
moral, and intellectual fitness. It places a stronger emphasis on natural science than many
other Great Books colleges.