The Graduate Institute attracts students of varied ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Some students enroll shortly after graduating from college, often seeking a foundation in classic texts that they missed in more conventional undergraduate programs. Other students are actively engaged in careers; some already hold graduate degrees. Still other students turn to the Graduate Institute in retirement or in a hiatus from their careers, seizing the opportunity to use their leisure for serious reflection. Although the Graduate Institute program may offer considerable professional gain to some students, particularly present or prospective teachers, students are generally motivated by the intrinsic rewards of reading great books and discussing them with others who care deeply about the issues they raise.
Many Graduate Institute students have dinner together in the campus coffee shop before and after classes. After-seminar gatherings are a tradition on both campuses. Individual students or groups of students may contact the Graduate Institute office or the Student Activities Office for assistance in planning social and recreational activities.
Housing and Employment
For Annapolis, see relevant sections of the Student Handbook under "Rules of the College Community," "Housing," and "Services, Accommodation and Facilities."