Changemakers, leaders, influencers

College & Opportunity Readiness

After completing a Traveling School semester, alumni move onward as empowered global citizens with a stronger sense of self and a tested toolbox to be community changemakers, to take on challenges and to self-advocate.

Our alumni enter college and life after high school more prepared for adversity and decision-making. Many attend our nation’s best higher education institutions – from the Ivy League to liberal arts colleges to public universities – and emerge equipped to solve the problems that plague our world. Our alumnae are nonprofit leaders, doctors, artists, engineers and Peace Corps volunteers. They are parents, entrepreneurs, lawyers, filmmakers, activists, scientists and small business owners.


Listen to our Director of Admissions, Mary Reid Munford, as she discusses the impacts of studying abroad with The Traveling School.

The Traveling School prepared me.

I found that coming back from living internationally and studying experientially was harder than I anticipated. The Traveling School prepared me with the necessary communication and time management skills needed to live with classmates and form personal connections with teachers all while living abroad and completing UWC’s rigorous academic curriculum.
Erin Rose Johnson, Spring 2017

No one leaves The Traveling School unchanged.


I think it is safe to say that no one leaves The Traveling School unchanged. In some form or another, our experiences have stayed with us and shaped who we are today. One of the more important lessons, and maybe unintended consequences, from The Traveling School is my determination for experiential learning opportunities. This has manifested in my desire to seek less traditional methods for obtaining a college degree. I have now studied at three universities searching for a program and a way of learning that offers me a flexible life full of adventure. This, ultimately, led to me pursuing a Global Health degree through Arizona State University. Online classes have allowed me to travel the world, teach rock climbing to little kids, build out a van, and cultivate friendships from all over the world. I am currently working towards a program that will have me studying healthcare within refugee camps in Jordan this coming fall.
Alexa Wagner, Fall 2010

Attending The Traveling School was a pivotal experience.

Attending The Traveling School was a pivotal experience for me as a student and has shaped my interest in experimental and alternative education that has led me to where I am today.
Emma Owens, Fall 2015