Belhaven College: Narrative Description

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1500 Peachtree St.
Jackson, MS 39202-1789
Tel: (601)968-5928
Free: 800-960-5940
Admissions: (601)968-5940
Fax: (601)968-9998
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Independent Presbyterian, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1883. Setting: 42-acre urban campus. Endowment: $2.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $31,003. Educational spending 2003-04: $2373 per student. Total enrollment: 2,505. Faculty: 263 (65 full-time, 198 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 689 applied, 58% were admitted. 5 National Merit Scholars, 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,056 students, 68% women, 32% men. Part-time: 108 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 17 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 39% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 54% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 59% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, 1 academic reference, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,480 includes full-time tuition ($13,400), mandatory fees ($650), and college room and board ($5430). Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $375 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $70 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Reformed University Fellowship, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Black Student Association, Math/Computer Science Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Lake Day, Christmas Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 475 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Hood Library with 99,765 books, 11,271 microform titles, 467 serials, 3,546 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $254,208. 40 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:

See Jackson State University.

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