My son was also interested in Deep Springs, but after visiting U of Chicago, he knew he would love to go there more. Other schools you might want to check out are Reed, and Brown. If he hasn't read it, have him check out the book Cool Colleges, which has sections about both Reed as well as Deep Springs. BUT, also be sure he applies to a safety he would be happy at. Next year there are even more students applying the college for the same # of openings than this year! Yikes!