Aquinas College: Narrative Description

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1607 Robinson Rd., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799
Tel: (616)459-8281
Free: 800-678-9593
Admissions: (616)632-2852
Fax: (616)459-2563
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1886. Setting: 107-acre suburban campus with easy access to Detroit. Endowment: $14.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4918 per student. Total enrollment: 2,235. Faculty: 221 (95 full-time, 126 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,368 applied, 82% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 78% from top half. 12 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,450 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 363 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 9 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 24% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Dominican College Interchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $22,592 includes full-time tuition ($16,992) and college room and board ($5600). College room only: $2586. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $342 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 48 open to all. Most popular organizations: Community Senate Programming Board, Aquinas Times, JAMMIN (multicultural group). Major annual events: Homecoming, St. Thomas Aquinas Celebration Week, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 705 college housing spaces available; 641 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Woodhouse Library with 112,458 books, 223,804 microform titles, 14,725 serials, 4,907 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $835,621. 176 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:

Grand Rapids is an urban setting. The greater Grand Rapids area has a population of 640,000, and is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. It is the commercial, medical and cultural center of west Michigan.

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