Albright College: Narrative Description

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13th and Bern Sts., PO Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Tel: (610)921-2381
Free: 800-252-1856
Admissions: (610)921-7260
Fax: (610)921-7530
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1856. Setting: 118-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $31.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $48,935. Educational spending 2003-04: $6250 per student. Total enrollment: 2,243. Faculty: 156 (104 full-time, 52 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 2,991 applied, 70% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 1 class president, 2 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,097 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 68 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 28 other countries, 34% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 9% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 1% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at The Washington Center, Philadelphia Center, National Theatre Centre, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marine Science Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, secondary school report (guidance department), SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $32,090 includes full-time tuition ($24,030), mandatory fees ($550), and college room and board ($7510). College room only: $4275. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3004 per course. Part-time tuition varies according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 70 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Campus Center Board, Student Government Association, yearbook, newspaper, radio station. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fever Weekend, Greek Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,097 college housing spaces available; 1,020 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. F. W. Gingrich Library plus 1 other with 218,232 books, 73,734 microform titles, 8,190 serials, 8,166 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $921,059. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Reading and Berks County area has a temperate climate. The community is served by U.S. air and several bus companies. Reading is world famous for its outlet shopping. The city has many churches representing major denominations, a symphony orchestra, two major hospitals, four museums, several theaters, and beautiful park and recreational facilities. It is within easy driving distance from major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD.

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