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Day in the Life

Curious about what a typical day at UWC-USA looks like? Students agree there are more opportunities than there is time, and no matter what you choose to immerse yourself in, the experiences will offer their own challenges and rewards. “The experiences I have here in two weeks are equivalent to what I would experience at home in a semester because I live every moment of every day,” Lee Jimenez ’14, USA-TX says. “I appreciate life so much more now.

7 - 8 a.m.

Get up for breakfast in the Castle dining hall before classes start.

8 a.m.

First class!

9:25 - 9:45 a.m.

Morning break. Missed breakfast? Grab some coffee and snacks in the dining hall!

9:45 a.m. - noon

Classes continue. Longer classes (called codes) last an hour and a half, and shorter codes last 45 minutes. Depending on your schedule or the day of the week, you might have a free code. Free codes are filled with homework, impromptu club meetings, socializing with friends, connecting with friends and family back home, catching up on sleep, or enjoying a quick soak in the hot springs.

noon - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch is served in Castle dining hall. Students filter in and out depending on their class schedules. Lunch is also a time for teacher-student meetings.

12:15 - 3:10 p.m.

Afternoon classes.

3:10 - 6 p.m.

Afternoons are packed with wilderness trainings, Amnesty International letter campaigns, Model UN meetings, student-led cooking workshops, TOK discussion groups, and community engagement programs in Las Vegas—to name a few options. Every day offers a new set of opportunities for students.

6 - 7 p.m.

Dinner is when all students gather in one place at one time. This is a time to bellow out “happy birthday,” sign up for events, make announcements, engage in spirited conversations about privilege and justice, and read the student newspaper, Literati.

7 - 9:30 p.m.

Studio time for students taking IB arts classes. Others do homework, work out in the gym, take one last dip in the hot springs before check, or enjoy downtime.

9:30 p.m.

Everyone is in their dorms for check. Resident tutors—live-in adult staff who provide student support—walk through the dorm to make sure everyone is present and safe.

10 p.m. - midnight

Socializing at the on-campus Red Door Cafe and engaging in animated debates about politics, economics, and social issues. Or, a hike to the cross on the nearby ridge with a few friends, time to do homework, or get some much-needed sleep.


Curfew. All students must be back in their dorms.

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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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