Blue River Community College: Narrative Description

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20301 East 78 Hwy.
Independence, MO 64057
Tel: (816)655-6000
Admissions: (816)655-6118
Fax: (816)655-6014
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Metropolitan Community Colleges System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Setting: suburban campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $1.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3270 per student. Total enrollment: 2,290. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. 347 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 978 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 1,312 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 2 states and territories, 0.2% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 32% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Retention: 48% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Johnson County Community College.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Placement: ACT ASSET required; ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $2130 full-time, $71 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $3870 full-time, $129 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5250 full-time, $175 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $150 full-time, $5 per hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Choral group. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Blue River Community College Library with 10,312 books, 28,297 microform titles, 66 serials, 567 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $231,156. 375 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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