Bay Path College: Narrative Description

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588 Longmeadow St.
Longmeadow, MA 01106-2292
Tel: (413)565-1000
Free: 800-782-7284
Fax: (413)567-0501
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Independent, comprehensive, women only. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1897. Setting: 48-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $15.7 million. Total enrollment: 1,417. Faculty: 127 (28 full-time, 99 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 573 applied, 69% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 65% from top half. 2 class presidents, 6 student government officers. Full-time: 1,100 students. Part-time: 247 students. Students come from 17 states and territories, 6 other countries, 41% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 11% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 54% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/2 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,700 includes full-time tuition ($19,440) and college room and board ($8260). Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $440 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run radio station. Social organizations: 36 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, All Women Excel, Golden Z Service Club, Alliance, Women of Culture. Major annual events: Campus Day, Women in Culture. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 410 college housing spaces available; 362 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: women-only housing available. Hatch Library with 55,060 books, 4,312 microform titles, 132 serials, 3,764 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $382,825. 155 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:

Longmeadow is a small, residential, historic town located on the Connecticut/Massachusetts border. Its location near two major cities provides cultural and social advantages.

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