Anna Maria College: Narrative Description

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Sunset Ln.
Paxton, MA 01612
Tel: (508)849-3300
Free: 800-344-4586
Admissions: (508)849-3360
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1946. Setting: 180-acre rural campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3593 per student. Total enrollment: 1,108. Faculty: 156 (37 full-time, 119 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 539 applied, 91% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 17% from top quarter, 48% from top half. Full-time: 552 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 192 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 22% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 60% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: protective services/public administration; education; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Colleges of Worcester Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: audition for music programs, portfolio for art programs. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $27,550 includes full-time tuition ($18,545), mandatory fees ($1590), and college room and board ($7415). Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $1,855 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Drama Club, Ski Club, chorus, Criminal Justice Club. Major annual events: Spring Weekend, Winter Semi-Formal, Harvest Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 397 college housing spaces available; 329 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Mondor-Eagen Library with 79,039 books, 1,738 microform titles, 318 serials, 895 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $302,994. 59 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus.

Community Environment:

Paxton is located in the geographical center of Massachusetts, eight miles northwest of Worcester and a one-hour drive from Boston or Providence. Summer and winter sports are available in the area. Excellent job opportunities are available in the immediate area.

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