The Oxbow semester is the first-step in a post-secondary school career. The Oxbow curriculum revolves around art, but the goal is to help students develop critical thinking skills, value themselves as individuals, and accept responsibility for their own creative choices—no matter what field they enter. Oxbow alumni are doctors, scientists, writers, teachers, economists, designers, artists, and so much more! Attending Oxbow gives students a significant advantage when applying to college; college visits, a fall Portfolio Day, and exposure to adults with many different college and career paths enriches student's awareness of possibilities, and helps them prepare for the college application process. 

While historically less than half of our alumni go on to pursue careers in art, students interested in applying to art colleges will leave Oxbow with a well documented portfolio of artwork and the ability to write and speak articulately and confidently about their work. The Director of Admissions at Oxbow specializes in art school admissions and works with students interested in applying to art school. Oxbow alumni are highly sought after by colleges of art and design. 


Colleges + Universities

Oxbow alumni have gone on to an impressive variety of colleges and universities. Art school and university recruiters have noted that Oxbow alumni exhibit an exceptional level of maturity, confidence, self-motivation and critical thinking skills.

  • American International University London
  • American University in Rome
  • Antioch University
  • Architecture Association School of Architecture London
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bard College
  • Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  • Bard College Berlin
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Bauhaus Germany
  • Baylor University
  • Beloit College
  • Bennington College
  • Binghamton University
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brigham Young University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State Universities Chico
  • California State Universities Long Beach
  • California State Universities Monterey Bay
  • California State Universities Sacramento
  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • Carleton College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Central Washington University
  • Chapman University
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College for Creative Studies
  • College of the Redwoods
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Concordia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cooper Union
  • Corcoran College of Art & Design
  • Cornell University
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • Design Academy Eindhoven
  • Dickinson College
  • Eckerd College
  • Elon University
  • Emerson College
  • Emily Carr University of Art & Design
  • Eugene Lang College
  • Evergreen State College
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Georgetown University
  • Gordon College
  • Goucher College
  • Grinnell College
  • Guilford College
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard University
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Humboldt State University
  • Institute of American Indian Arts College
  • Ithaca College
  • John Hopkins University
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kenyon College
  • Kings College London
  • Knox College
  • Kyoto Seika University Japan
  • L'École Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Paris Cergy
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lawrence University
  • Lehman College
  • Lesley University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Macalester College
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marlboro College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Memphis College of Art
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • Mills College
  • Minneapolils College of Art and Design
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Naropa University
  • New College of Florida
  • New College of the Humanities London
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art
  • New York Academy of Art
  • New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
  • New York University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin Colleges Ohio
  • Occidental College
  • Otis College of Art & Design
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Paris College of Art
  • Parsons Paris | The New School
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Portland State University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Prescott College
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice University
  • Ringling College of Art & Design
  • Royal College of Art London
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • San Francisco State University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • School of Visual Arts Boston
  • Scripps College
  • Seattle University
  • Skidmore College
  • Slade School of Fine Arts London
  • Smith College
  • Sonoma State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. John's College Santa Fe
  • St. John's University
  • St. Louis University in Madrid
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Syracuse University
  • The New School
  • The University of Sydney
  • Towson University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Union College
  • Universities of California Berkeley
  • Universities of California Davis
  • Universities of California Irvine
  • Universities of California Los Angeles
  • Universities of California Riverside
  • Universities of California San Diego
  • Universities of California Santa Barbara
  • Universities of California Santa Cruz
  • University of Alaska Southeast
  • University of Arizona Tucson
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • University of Derby United Kingdom
  • University of Florida Gainsville
  • University of Hawaii Manoa
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maine
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New England
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Portland
  • University of Richmond
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Andrews Scotland
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of the Arts Philadelphia
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Washington College
  • Washington University
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth College of Technology
  • Wesleyan University
  • Wheaton College
  • Whitman College
  • Woodbury University
  • Yale University

Portraits of Alumni