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Allen University: Narrative Description


1530 Harden St.
Columbia, SC 29204
Tel: (803)254-4165
Admissions: (803)376-5789
Fax: (803)376-5731
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Independent African Methodist Episcopal, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1870. Setting: suburban campus. Total enrollment: 565. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 784 applied, 61% were admitted. Full-time: 552 students, 38% women, 62% men. Part-time: 13 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 1 other country, 9% from out-of-state, 97% black, 3% international, 25% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 41% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/31.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $6260 includes full-time tuition ($3609), mandatory fees ($546), and college room and board ($2105). College room only: $1230. Part-time tuition: $301 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 3 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: International Students Club, Social Science Club, Gospel Choir. Major annual events: Homecoming, Religious Emphasis Week, Black History Month observance. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 324 college housing spaces available; 275 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. J. S. Flipper Library with 50,000 books and 175 serials. 130 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of South Carolina.

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