Baker University: Narrative Description

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Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
Tel: (785)594-6451
Free: 800-873-4282
Admissions: (785)594-8420
Fax: (785)594-6721
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent United Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1858. Setting: 26-acre small town campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $30.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6081 per student. Total enrollment: 856. Faculty: 111 (72 full-time, 39 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 823 applied, 81% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 85% from top half. 10 valedictorians. Full-time: 802 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 54 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 5 other countries, 26% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 2% 25 or older, 82% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4, semesters for nursing program. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, minimum ACT score of 21. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. One-time mandatory fee: $80. Comprehensive fee: $21,000 includes full-time tuition ($15,200), mandatory fees ($350), and college room and board ($5450). College room only: $2500. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $470 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 50% of eligible men and 52% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Delta Sigma Pi, Earth We Are, Mungano, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual events: Homecoming, Orientation, Baker Preview Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, controlled dormitory access. 524 college housing spaces available; 422 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Collins Library with 98,258 books, 207,943 microform titles, 482 serials, 3,344 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $815,618. 222 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A rural town located 30 miles southwest of Kansas City and 15 miles south of Lawrence. The city is 10 miles from Lone Star Lake, which provides recreational facilities. Churches of many denominations are represented here. Shopping, a public library, and a clinic all serve the community. The larger shopping centers of Kansas City and Topeka are excellent as are the cultural advantages of these two cities, which contribute to the enjoyment of the smaller surrounding areas.

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