Antioch opened its doors in Seattle in October 1975 to 11 students in three degree programs. Two of those programs, B.A. completion and M.A. in Psychology, continue today. The third, Urban Studies and Planning, was transformed in 1982 into the M.A. in Whole Systems Design program.
Countless educational approaches that today are widely accepted across North America began long ago at Antioch College, the founding campus of Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Antioch University Seattle introduced many of these innovations to the Pacific Northwest, including:
- Independent study
- Interdisciplinary study
- Self-designed degree plans
- Narrative student assessment rather than grades
- Academic credit for demonstrated learning from work and life experience
More than 6,000 students have graduated in the intervening years and the campus has moved three times. Now firmly established in its current Belltown location, AUS is an active part of the downtown community, with memberships in the Belltown Business Association, Southlake Union Chamber, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Greater Seattle Business Association, and the Seattle chapter of Rotary International.
Today, Antioch offers the B.A. in Liberal Studies completion program and master’s programs in psychology, education, whole systems design, environment and community, management and leadership, communication and organizational development. A doctorate in clinical psychology was launched in 2004. Antioch also offers continuing education programs through its Center for Continuing Education.