Why Monticello College?
"We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished. The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface, having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part. All that is necessary is careful excavation to provide them with life-enhancing models. We need history, not to tell us what happened, or to explain the past, but to make the past alive so that it can explain us and make a future possible."
Allan Bloom - The Closing of the American Mind
If history has taught us anything, it is the lesson of looking to the past for direction to safely navigate the future. Nestled in the eastern shadow of the Blue Mountains, Monticello College builds leaders using the surrounding mountain terrain, the study and discussion of timeless classics, daily exposure to world-class mentors, and regular selfless service.
From the vantage point of 11,000 feet above sea level—the summit of our beloved Blue Mountains—it seems that one can see the rest of the world in a nearly 360º splendor.
That sensation is similar to what a liberal arts education can give to a future leader and New American Founder. From our mountain campus, students explore the classics—the lives, wisdom, and folly of the thousands of years of humanity that has preceded them. Students develop a sense of perspective, a kind of “3-D” outlook on the world around them, which helps them to not fall into the trap of making the same mistakes over and over again, when their turn comes to lead.
Monticello College offers real leadership training in an environment that requires each student and mentor to continually reevaluate themselves and what they hope to contribute to society. The campus environment instills leadership qualities such as cooperation, hard work, problem-solving, personal fortitude and reliance on a higher power. Our day-to-day campus life is filled with campus duties for all-hands, plenty of academic rigor, and physical challenges that leave students confident, self-assured, and invigorated. Service plays a huge part in all that we do. We believe that these future leaders have a few precious years to prepare for the rest of their lives—lives that undoubtedly will be filled with tough-decisions, struggles to provide for families, relationship challenges, leadership opportunities, and lots of service to their communities. Now is the time to prepare for the rest of their lives.
During the summer, we bring in professionals from a variety of fields that share a vital interest in ensuring our students understand what succeeding in the real world requires, and what kind of leadership the world needs. These “professors” follow student progress from a distance, offer internships, and even play a part in validating student qualifications for graduation.
Monticello College is a unique educational offering. It is designed to spend less time preparing for tests and more time learning and growing. Its focus is to groom students to be successful from a “how the world really works” perspective, while fueling that optimistic, “We must save the world” set of glasses that most college students wear.
Josiah Bunting, in his book, An Education for Our Time, states, “The things our country requires are simply not the things our colleges are prepared to deliver.”
Why Monticello College? Because we are prepared to deliver the things our country requires.