To expand awareness of Ayn Rand’s works and ideas in and outside of the classroom, we provide a variety of resources for high school and college students, teachers and professors.

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STUDENTS: Essay Contests

Atlas Shrugged — Ayn Rand’s masterwork and last novel — is the brilliant dramatization of her unique vision of existence and of man's highest purpose and potential in life. If you want to read just one book to understand Ayn Rand’s worldview, this is the book. Most students find the themes in Atlas Shrugged engaging and the story exhilarating, and they are inspired to write about their reaction to the novel. This year, the Ayn Rand Institute’s Atlas Shrugged essay contest will distribute over $25,000 in college scholarships, including a first-place prize of $10,000. Students across the globe and at all levels of higher education are eligible to take advantage of this exciting and financially rewarding opportunity.

GRADE 12, College and Graduate Students

Enter the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest


STUDENTS: Campus Clubs

Campus clubs are composed of students who share an interest in Ayn Rand’s novels and ideas. Whether you are reading one of Ayn Rand’s novels for the first time or are a dedicated student of her philosophy, starting your own club or joining an existing one is an excellent way to discuss Ayn Rand’s writings, further develop your understanding of her ideas and meet like-minded students. ARI offers a wide variety of resources and support for clubs, from club leadership training to study materials to activism opportunities.

Inquire About Our Campus Club Program


PROFESSORS: Anthem Foundation
for Objectivist Scholarship

Professors and graduate students looking for grants and other resources are directed to the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship, a separate nonprofit organization that supports scholarship based on Ayn Rand’s philosophy and the teaching of Rand’s books and ideas in colleges and universities.

The Anthem Foundation’s resources for academics include financial and intellectual support for research, connections to speakers and scholars, support for conferences and workshops that advance scholarship on Rand, sample syllabi, review copies of works by Rand and about her and her philosophy, book sets for classrooms and libraries, and more.

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PROFESSORS: Reprint Permissions


In support of the teaching of Ayn Rand's works, the copyright holder has made it easy to obtain permission to photocopy or reproduce electronically Ayn Rand's nonfiction essays for use in the classroom. Permission is granted on a one-time basis for the duration of the course, and there is no fee. To request permission, please supply the following information:

  • Your name and title
  • University or college name and address
  • Title of course(s) in which essay(s) will be used
  • Title of essay(s) for which you are requesting permission
  • Means of distribution: digital file or hardcopy
  • If digital, indicate how access will be restricted to students (e.g., Blackboard)
  • Approximate number of students in course
  • Date or term of course

If you would like to publish an Ayn Rand essay in an anthology, contact us with the details of your request.


PROFESSORS: Recommended Reading List

Below is a list of suggested readings for instructors who are interested in using Ayn Rand’s books and essays in the classroom.

“Philosophy: Who Needs It,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (BEG)
“Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto (BEG)
“For the New Intellectual,” For the New Intellectual (ADV)

Egoism and Altruism
Introduction to The Virtue of Selfishness (BEG)
“The Soul of an Individualist,” For the New Intellectual (BEG)
“Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (BEG)
“The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness (ADV)
“Causality Versus Duty,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (ADV)
“The Ethics of Emergencies,” The Virtue of Selfishness (ADV)
“The ‘Conflicts’ of Men’s Interests,” The Virtue of Selfishness (ADV)
“This Is John Galt Speaking,” For the New Intellectual (ADV)
“Of Living Death,” The Voice of Reason (BEG)
“The Age of Mediocrity,” The Objectivist Forum (BEG)
“How Does One Live a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?,” The Virtue of Selfishness (BEG)
“The Cult of Moral Grayness,” The Virtue of Selfishness (BEG)
“An Untitled Letter,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (ADV)

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