Bayamon Central University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 1725
Bayamon, PR 00960-1725
Tel: (787)786-3030
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 55-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Juan. Endowment: $7.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $1950 per student. Total enrollment: 3,311. Faculty: 218 (58 full-time, 160 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 551 applied, 57% were admitted. Full-time: 2,205 students, 71% women, 29% men. Part-time: 569 students, 71% women, 29% men. 0% from out-of-commonwealth, 100% Hispanic, 41% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Retention: 70% 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: semesters for undergraduate programs, trimesters for graduate programs. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, medical history, College Examination Entrance Board Test. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Tuition: $4080 full-time, $130 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $360 full-time, $180. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 21 open to all. Most popular organizations: Business Students' Association, Nursing Students' Association, Journalism Students' Association, Psychology Students' Association, Biology Students' Association. Major annual events: intercollegiate sports competitions, Commencement. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 10 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. BCU Library plus 1 other with 51,011 books, 336 microform titles, 3,027 serials, 900 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $45,681. 130 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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