Berkshire Community College: Narrative Description

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1350 West St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201-5786
Tel: (413)499-4660
Fax: (413)496-9511
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1960. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $2.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2649 per student. Total enrollment: 2,364. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 425 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 963 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 1,401 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 4 states and territories, 14 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 40% 25 or older, 13% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Williams College, Springfield Technical Community College.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing and allied health. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: interview. Placement: ACCUPLACER required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. State resident tuition: $780 full-time, $26 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7800 full-time, $260 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2610 full-time, $87 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 19 open to all. Most popular organizations: Mass PIRG, Student Nurse Organization, Student Senate, Diversity Club, LPN Organization. Major annual events: concerts, speakers, film presentations. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Jonathan Edwards Library plus 1 other with 74,271 books, 319 serials, 3,247 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $126,014. 354 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Set in the cultural mecca of the rolling Berkshire hills, this attractive area is also the home to long established plastics and paper industries. The city has three libraries, numerous churches, two hospitals, a museum, YMCA, and good shopping facilities. Regular transportation is available by rail bus and air. Theatres, bowling, three golf courses, two large lakes, many parks, and closeness to area festivals and summer attractions make this city a favorite recreation spot. Part-time employment is available.

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