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The Oregon Extension
Lincoln, OR, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
Oregon Extension
Program Term(s):
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Previous Language Study Req?:
Language of Instruction:
Language courses offered:
Housing Options:
Areas of Study:
Anthropology/Ethnography, Architecture, Art, Communication, Development Studies, Education, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Geography, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Sociology
Program Design: Block Scheduling, Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based
Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:

Simplify life. Fire up the mind. Let the heart teach the hands and the hands teach the head. Every autumn since 1975, several dozen college students from across the country have taken a step “out of the current” for an unusual semester of vigorous intellectual exploration. Students earn 17 credits (4.25 Gustavus units), but focus on one topic of study at a time. Daily reading, small group discussion, and one-on-one conversations with faculty members comprise the heart of the OE program.

Core courses proceed one-at-a-time and include:
  • What Is Nature? (1 Gustavus unit)
  • What Is Community? (0.75 Gustavus units)
  • What Is a Sustainable World? (0.75 Gustavus units)
  • What Does It Mean to Be Human? (0.75 Gustavus units)
Plus these two running courses:
  • Composition and Rhetoric (0.75 Gustavus units)
  • Wilderness Recreation (0.25 Gustavus units)

See full program details here before returning to apply for Gustavus acceptance first!

Video overview:

The Oregon Extension (2014 video) from Steven Johnson on Vimeo.