Balliol College, founded in 1263, is one of the oldest colleges of the University of Oxford. Alumni include a large number of famous historical humanists:
- Adam Smith – philosopher and economist
- Sir Bernard Williams – philosopher
- Olaf Stapledon – novelist and philosopher
- Algernon Charles Swinburne – poet
- Matthew Arnold – poet
- Sir Julian Huxley – first president of the British Humanist Association
- C E M Joad – philosopher and broadcaster
Current humanists Christopher Hitchins, politicians Lord (Dick) Taverne and Lord (Eric) Avebury, and Richard Dawkins also attended the college.
Balliol College is located in the heart of Oxford, it is within easy reach of rail, coach, and bus stations. It is not normally open to the general public.