Founded in 1911 by Lucien L. Nunn, Telluride Association is a nonprofit organization that creates and fosters educational communities that rely upon democratic participation.Telluride aims to foster an everyday synthesis of self-governance and intellectual inquiry that enables students to develop their potential for leadership and public service.
Telluride Association consists of about 100 members. Members are elected to membership, usually while in their early 20’s, on the basis of demonstrated leadership and commitment to Telluride’s educational goals. All applicants have had previous experience living in a Telluride House or, in a few cases, attending a Summer Program or Deep Springs College, a separate two-year college also founded by L.L. Nunn, in 1917.
For its programs, Telluride Association seeks out young people with the desire and the ability to contribute to society, and helps them develop intellectually and as community members. Telluride Association promotes no particular political or religious viewpoint.