Alcorn State University: Narrative Description

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1000 ASU Dr.
Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500
Tel: (601)877-6100
Free: 800-222-6790
Admissions: (601)877-6147
Fax: (601)877-6347
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1871. Setting: 1,756-acre rural campus. Endowment: $209,871. Research spending 2003-04: $7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6217 per student. Total enrollment: 3,443. Faculty: 224 (187 full-time, 37 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 6,802 applied, 35% were admitted. 26% from top quarter of their high school class. Full-time: 2,516 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 318 students, 79% women, 21% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 13 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0.04% Native American, 0.3% Hispanic, 91% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 23% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; engineering/engineering technologies; biological/life sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3732 full-time, $156 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8463 full-time, $353 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $733 full-time. College room and board: $4012. College room only: $2272.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 74 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: intramural sports, marching band, gospel choir, inter-faith choir. Major annual events: Greek Step Show, concerts, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 2,519 college housing spaces available; 1,460 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. John Dewey Boyd Library with 210,036 books, 562,030 microform titles, 1,046 serials, 11,504 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

This rural community has a population of less than 2,500. Multidenominational churches serve the area. It is an ideal place for hiking, camping and other outdoor recreational activities. The university is located in Claiborne County, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Poet Gibson, and forty-five miles south of Vicksburg.

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