Teachers transform lives. Bread Loaf transforms teachers.

As the largest residential master’s program in English in the country, Bread Loaf’s summer graduate school brings together more than 400 students at our three campuses each summer.

About 75-80 percent of our students are middle and high school teachers of English, language arts, and humanities subjects, though participants also include writers, editors, and other professionals. While our students come from a variety of backgrounds and have a range of goals, they share an impassioned interest in reading, writing, and the power of words to change the world.

Since we opened in the summer of 1920, thousands of teachers have attended, who in turn have taught millions of students across the country and around the world. Bread Loaf is truly shaping the face of education.

Student Profile 2019

40 States represented
8 Countries represented
8:1 Student-faculty ratio
78% Students who are teachers
66% Students receiving financial-aid awards


Apply to any of Bread Loaf’s unique campuses. Attend different campuses in different summers. New students are admitted on a rolling basis from mid-December through mid-May, as long as space is available. See our application information.

Undergraduates at Bread Loaf

Rising undergraduate seniors may attend Bread Loaf in the summer prior to their senior year. We accept applications from undergraduates who will have completed the equivalent of three years towards a bachelor’s degree by the summer they wish to attend. Undergraduate students may apply credit earned at Bread Loaf to their undergraduate degrees or get a head start on an MA in English.

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