Master Outside & Inside
Earn College Credit & Lifetime Skill-sets while hiking the Appalachian Trail
The Semester A.T.rail Program is a unique opportunity for students who seek a learning experience that goes well beyond the classroom. Students in the program earn at least 12 hours of college credit in a single college semester while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (or an adventure of similar depth and scope). The experience offers students a synthesis of academic learning and outdoor adventure in an intensive, goal-oriented journey that will challenge them both physically, mentally and intellectually, immersing students in real-world competencies and challenges that build skillets that last a life-time.
During the semester of travel on the Appalachian Trail, students are required to take English 328:Nature Writing, a three-credit course, which provides an excellent outlet to reflect upon your journey and discover yourself. Students typically enroll in 12 semester hours of course work, and work one-on-one with the Director of Semester A.T.rail and their advisors to construct a schedule and select courses that are conducive to the experience. The Semester A.T.rail Program offers students the opportunity to build independent studies and projects with broadened field-based implications. Student hikers have developed imaginative projects across the curriculum in ecotourism, human physiology, water quality, wellness, and photography.