Allen College: Narrative Description

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1825 Logan Ave.
Waterloo, IA 50703
Tel: (319)226-2000
Admissions: (319)226-2002
Fax: (319)226-2020
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Administratively affiliated with Allen Health System/Iowa Health System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees (liberal arts and general education courses offered at either University of North Iowa or Wartburg College). Founded 1989. Setting: 20-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $999,250. Educational spending 2003-04: $9464 per student. Total enrollment: 364. Faculty: 27 (15 full-time, 12 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 61 applied, 74% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 97% from top half. Full-time: 275 students, 95% women, 5% men. Part-time: 58 students, 93% women, 7% men. 1% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 20% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 25% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.3 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous until 8/20.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $16,440 includes full-time tuition ($9901), mandatory fees ($1375), and college room and board ($5164). College room only: $2582. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $380 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $35 per credit hour, $205 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 4 open to all. Most popular organizations: Allen Student Nurses' Association, Nurses' Christian Fellowship, Allen Student Organization. Major annual events: Fall Fling, Holiday Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 50 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Barrett Library with 2,797 books, 199 serials, 433 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $144,366. 26 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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