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The goal of the Tahoe Semester is to decrease our fragmentation by seeing how different academic disciplines interrelate and how one can bring the body, mind and spirit into a greater unity.

David Williams, Director

Tahoe Semester

Immersed in heart of the Sierra at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, the Tahoe Semester uses a classical liberal arts model to engage the natural world through the integration of the humanities and the sciences. Students explore the natural world through the perspective of the biological sciences as well as from the vantage point of the philosophers, historians, poets and theologians of the humanities. The semester also includes structured experiences in backpacking and extracurricular opportunities such as mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, and trail running. These opportunities, as well as the rich curriculum, provide a chance to experience, investigate, and apply academic coursework through experiential learning in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area.

To find out more about the Tahoe Semester, including how you can fulfill general education requirements in philosophy, history, natural science, writing, service learning, biblical studies and theology visit the Tahoe Semester website.


The Tahoe Semester provides countless opportunities for spiritual growth. The academics of the classroom and daily life together are both woven into weekly corporateworship. Faculty, staff and students worshiptogether and share meals regularly, creating ample space for discussions that go beyond the walls of the classroom and providing the opportunity to develop a spiritually rich community where faith is connected to all aspects of life. 


Our campus is situated along the shore of Lake Tahoe, providing incredible views from dorms, meeting areas, and classrooms. This home offers a space to feel known and thrive. Each semester a truly special community is formed as students and faculty share meals every week, adventure through the wilderness together, and explore deeply important ideas in the classroom. This shared life on the shores of Tahoe creates bonds that last in a space that welcomes a slower pace.


Lake Tahoe’s beautiful mountains and blue waters provide an ideal setting for immersing oneself in God’s creation. Our lakeside campus provides the perfect base for outdoor adventures in the Sierra. Kayaking, skiing, backpacking, climbing, and mountain biking are only a few of the many activities students and professors enjoy together throughout the semester. No experience required, only a desire to learn and have fun!

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    Agnes Scott College, Box 1102
    141 E. College Avenue | Decatur, GA 30030
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