OUTDOOR ACADEMY ADMISSIONS
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR A TRANSFORMATIVE SEMESTER AWAY.
We seek applicants who are enthusiastic learners looking to step out of their comfort zone and embrace their independence in an outdoor classroom. Admissions is need-blind and need-based scholarships are prioritized, so you can applying knowing that we want to make OA possible for you.
The admissions portal is open for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 applications. We are accepting applications continually until both semesters are filled, and recommend that students submit their part of the application as soon as possible.
Financial assistance is currently available for both semesters. We strongly encourage applicants interested in need-based scholarships for next year to apply before this school year ends so that we are best able to meet your need.
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OA is possible for you.
We aim to make our community supportive and inclusive to all interested students, and we encourage applicants from all socioeconomic circumstances to apply. Admissions is always need-blind, and need-based scholarships are awarded to over half of our students through our robust financial aid program. Additionally, no matter if your school has worked with a semester school before or if you are on a semester, block, trimester, homeschool, or other schedule, there is a way for you to attend OA. We are committed to doing all we can to make it possible for any qualified student to attend.
No wilderness experience necessary.
Over 1300 students from around the country and the world have attended OA since we first opened our doors to Semester 1 in the fall of 1995. Successful OA alumni have ranged from students who had previously planned their own trek on the Appalachian Trail to those who had never before spent a night out camping. All that we require in an application to OA is a genuine interest in our school and a willingness to engage deeply in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Applications can be submitted through SchoolDoc. Completed applications will have information from you, your parents or legal guardians, and your school.
Questions about your application or having trouble getting started? Check out our FAQ or get in touch with the Admissions Office. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at 828-808-3501.