Berean Institute: Narrative Description

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1901 West Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130-1599
Tel: (215)763-4833; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 2-year, specialized, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 3-acre urban campus. Endowment: $135,000. Educational spending 2002-03: $2924 per student. Total enrollment: 208. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1% from top 10% of their high school class, 8% from top quarter, 15% from top half. Full-time: 171 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 37 students, 97% women, 3% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 25% 25 or older. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. Tuition: $4000 full-time, $1000 per term part-time. Mandatory fees: $225 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 4 open to all; local fraternities; 40% of eligible men and 60% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Berean Student Government, Berean Choir. Major annual events: Founder's Day Celebration, Thanksgiving Luncheon, Women's History Month Program. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. 3,500 books, 48 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $14,500. 30 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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