Auburn University: Narrative Description

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Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334)844-4000
Admissions: (334)844-6444
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1856. Setting: 1,875-acre small town campus with easy access to Atlanta and Birmingham. Endowment: $300.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $101.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7472 per student. Total enrollment: 22,928. Faculty: 1,320 (1,177 full-time, 143 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 12,838 applied, 84% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 85% from top half. 26 National Merit Scholars, 98 valedictorians. Full-time: 17,418 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 1,478 students, 39% women, 61% men. Students come from 55 states and territories, 59 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 5% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, 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, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4610 full-time, $191 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,830 full-time, $573 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $218 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program. College room and board: $6686. College room only: $2648. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 18% of eligible men and 34% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, University Program Council, IMPACT (volunteer opportunities). Major annual events: Splash into Spring, Tigermania (Homecoming), Hey Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,100 college housing spaces available; 3,027 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. R. B. Draughon Library plus 2 others with 2.6 million books, 2.5 million microform titles, 23,121 serials, 219,454 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12 million. 1,722 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:

Auburn (population 32,000) is located on U.S. 29 and Interstate 85, 55 miles east of Montgomery, 120 miles southeast of Birmingham, and 120 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Auburn University is the pride of the city. With the many churches in the area there is a cultural atmosphere which makes for pleasant living. Chewacla State Park is nearby for swimming and picnicking. The city has two well-equipped parks, a country club and 2 public courses for golf, a stadium for athletic games and many facilities for intramural sports including fields, swimming pools, racquetball and tennis courts, and a student activities building. Azaleas and camellias may be seen on the grounds of the university and many of the beautiful homes.

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