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Anderson College: Narrative Description


316 Blvd.
Anderson, SC 29621-4035
Tel: (864)231-2000
Free: 800-542-3594
Admissions: (864)231-2030
Fax: (864)231-2004
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Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1911. Setting: 44-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $16.1 million. Total enrollment: 1,666. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 760 applied, 81% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 81% from top half. Full-time: 1,259 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 407 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 18 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 17% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $21,250 includes full-time tuition ($14,100), mandatory fees ($1100), and college room and board ($6050). College room only: $3050. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $390 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 29 open to all. Most popular organizations: Baptist Campus Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, Gamma Beta Phi, Student Alumni Council. Major annual events: CORE-Campus Organizations Recruitment Event, Christmas First Night, Founders' Day Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 879 college housing spaces available; 830 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Olin D. Johnston Library with 69,069 books, 7,200 microform titles, 314 serials, 4,868 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 192 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:

Located in the Piedmont Plateau section, Anderson enjoys moderate climate and is a busy manufacturing town with 32 textile plants and many other factories. The area is accessed by major highways, air, bus, and limited rail service. The community has a county-wide library system, churches of many denominations, hotel and motels, hospitals, shopping malls, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreation includes theatres, bowling, tennis, excellent golf facilities, two large lakes, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor sports. Part-time employment is available.

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