Austin College: Narrative Description

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900 North Grand Ave.
Sherman, TX 75090-4400
Tel: (903)813-2000
Free: 800-442-5363
Admissions: (903)813-3000
Fax: (903)813-3198
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Presbyterian, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1849. Setting: 60-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $97.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $97,314. Educational spending 2003-04: $9576 per student. Total enrollment: 1,323. Faculty: 132 (93 full-time, 39 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,475 applied, 69% were admitted. 46% from top 10% of their high school class, 77% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 10 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,279 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 9 students, 78% women, 22% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 21 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 4% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 1% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. 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. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 5/1, 12/1 for early decision, 1/15 for early action. Notification: 1/10 for early decision, 3/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $27,871 includes full-time tuition ($20,310), mandatory fees ($185), and college room and board ($7376). College room only: $3385. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $2945 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 21% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Activity Board, Indian Cultural Association, Student Development Board, International Relations Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Earth Day, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 951 college housing spaces available; 913 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Abell Library with 240,944 books, 113,834 microform titles, 2,181 serials, 7,917 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 165 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:

Sherman, population 35,000, is a retail trade and industrial center located in north central Texas 60 miles north of Dallas. The climate is mild and temperate. The average annual temperature is 64 degrees. Two bus lines, and U.S. Highways 82 and 75 serve the area. The community has a library, two hospitals, a shopping mall, two theatres, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreation includes golf, bowling, skating, hunting, and on Lake Texoma with a 1,250 mile shoreline, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and boating. Part-time employment is available.

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