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.

We aim to make this experience affordable for everyone, so you can apply knowing that admissions is need-blind and need-based scholarships are prioritized.

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ADMISSIONS TIMELINE

Applications for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters are now available! We are also currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for remaining spaces in the upcoming Spring 2022 semester. 

Begin my journey to OA

The Priority Application deadline for the 2022-2023 school year is February 15, 2022.

Applications to The Outdoor Academy semester school are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year until the semester is filled. Financial aid remains available, but we recommend that applicants interested in scholarships apply early so that we have the best chance to meet your need.

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Semester School in NC Mountains - Outdoor Academy Admissions

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.

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No wilderness experience necessary.

Over 1200 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.

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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 admissions@enf.org or text us at 828-808-3501.

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