Aurora University: Narrative Description

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347 South Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506-4892
Tel: (630)892-6431
Free: 800-742-5281
Admissions: (630)844-5533
Fax: (630)844-5535
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1893. Setting: 26-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Total enrollment: 3,326. Faculty: 287 (98 full-time, 189 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,752 applied, 50% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 37% from top quarter, 73% from top half. Full-time: 1,496 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 223 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 1 other country, 5% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 14% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 23% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 17% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 3 members of the Council of West Suburban Colleges. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: essay, interview, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,440 includes full-time tuition ($15,500), mandatory fees ($100), and college room and board ($6840). College room only: $3020. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $475 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to location and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 20 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 21% of eligible men and 21% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Black Student Association, Aurora University Student Association, Student Nursing Association, Social Work Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Wellness Fair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Option: coed housing available. Charles B. Phillips Library plus 1 other with 115,642 books, 220,042 microform titles, 748 serials, 6,015 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $743,772. 90 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:

Aurora is a large suburb in the Chicago metropolitan area but retains its own distinctive community life and atmosphere. The city is located in the Fox River Valley, 40 miles west of Chicago. Aurora is a city of schools, churches, libraries, and beautiful homes. Phillips Park provides facilities for tennis, swimming and golf.

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