Alderson-Broaddus College: Narrative Description

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1 College Hill Dr.
Philippi, WV 26416
Tel: (304)457-1700
Free: 800-263-1549
Fax: (304)457-6239
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1871. Setting: 170-acre rural campus. Endowment: $12.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $38,284. Educational spending 2003-04: $6699 per student. Total enrollment: 789. Faculty: 86 (56 full-time, 30 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 506 applied, 76% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 27 student government officers. Full-time: 617 students, 69% women, 31% men. Part-time: 72 students, 86% women, 14% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 5 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 27% 25 or older, 41% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; education; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Mountain State Association of Colleges. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/31.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. Comprehensive fee: $23,774 includes full-time tuition ($17,800), mandatory fees ($166), and college room and board ($5808). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $592 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $41.50 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Campus Ministry, Collegiate 4-H, American Academy of Physician Assistants, S.L.I.C.E. (Students Learning in Community Education), Association of Women Students. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Festival, Opening Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 758 college housing spaces available; 283 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Pickett Library with 100,000 books, 9,000 serials, 700 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $313,203. 75 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:

Philippi is a rural community enjoying a moderate climate ranging from balmy summers to snowy winters. There are churches of major denominations, a hospital, clinic, and more than 50 civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations active in the community. Local recreation includes swimming, bowling, theater, and major outdoor sports. Skiing and whitewater rafting are within minutes of the campus. Some part-time employment is available.

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