I recently visited Maharishi University of Management in Iowa. MUM is different from other universities because it has a block schedule, requires students to meditate, and strongly encourages a healthy amount of sleep. Knowing about the alternative styles of education can be beneficial because everyone has a different style of learning. The visit to Maharishi University sparked my interest in looking into different styles of education.
The U.S. has many alternative colleges. Here are 5 of the especially unique ones:
Evergreen State College
“Go Beyond Majors, Classes, and Grades. Experience Your Education the Way You Imagine.”
Evergreen is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest. At Evergreen State College, students choose their own program of study. They traditional grading system is replaced by applied learning. This provides the unique opportunity to devise a singular program of study.
“Naropa University is a leader in the contemplative education movement, a teaching and learning approach that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and traditional Western scholarship.”
Founded by a Tibetan monk, Naropa University’s educational system is devised around the principles of Buddhism. Here students experience arts, Zen and the pursuit of knowledge.
“Through hands-on learning, support from dedicated faculty, and the nation’s flat-out best study abroad program, we make sure you graduate with the skills to be a lifelong learner.”
Goucher College is the only college in the country to require students to study abroad. This results in well-rounded and open-minded students.
“Not a 4-year retreat from the world, but a deeper engagement with it.”
Antioch College requires their students to regularly alternate between school work and full-time work. Doing this gives students the practice they need to live and work productively where ever they find themselves.
“Your education should be all about you, helping you to become the best version of yourself and to realize your potential by becoming the person you haven’t yet imagined.”
Alverno College discards the grading system and creates a love and passion of learning. Here they evaluate students based on their person. Instead of GPA, the college provides a transcript describing each student’s character, growth, and achievements.