Alpena Community College: Narrative Description

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666 Johnson St.
Alpena, MI 49707-1495
Tel: (989)356-9021; Admissions: (989)358-7339; Fax: (989)358-7553; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1952. Setting: 700-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7628 per student. Total enrollment: 1,937. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,163 applied, 100% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 984 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 953 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 4 states and territories, 0.01% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 40% 25 or older, 2% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 55% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing, utility technician programs. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT COMPASS required; ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $2480 full-time, $66 per contact hour part-time. State resident tuition: $3470 full-time, $99 per contact hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4460 full-time, $132 per contact hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $500 full-time, $16 per contact hour part-time, $10 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room only: $2700.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 8 open to all. Most popular organizations: Nursing Association, Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, Lumberjack Newspaper, Law Enforcement Club. Major annual events: homecoming, Awards Night, Spring Fling. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. 64 college housing spaces available; 48 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Stephen Fletcher Library with 29,000 books, 183 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $324,807. 75 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Located on Thunder Bay, 94 miles south of the Straits of Mackinac and 235 miles north of Detroit, Alpena is the largest port on northern Lake Huron. Industries include a cement plant, paper mill, and shale quarry. The mean annual temperature is 42.2 degrees. Air and bus service are available. The community has several churches, theatres, a hospital, museum, and planetarium. Alpena is well known for fine fishing, hunting, and winter sports. There are five city parks and over 240,000 acres of public land within a one-hour drive. Recreation facilities include golf, sailboat racing, tennis, and skating. Part-time employment is available for students.