Boston Architectural Center: Narrative Description

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320 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02115-2795
Tel: (617)262-5000; 877-585-0100
Admissions: (617)585-0256
Fax: (617)585-0111
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Endowment: $6.1 million. Total enrollment: 910. Faculty: 327 (10 full-time, 317 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 320 applied, 91% were admitted. Full-time: 466 students, 37% women, 63% men. Part-time: 41 students, 22% women, 78% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 47% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 2% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 67% 25 or older, 14% transferred in. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: architecture. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College, ProArts Consortium.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $8610 full-time, $717 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $20 full-time, $150. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, program, and reciprocity agreements.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organization: student government. Major annual event: Sketch Problem Weekend. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, electronically operated building access. College housing not available. Shaw and Stone Library with 27,000 books, 140 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $398,012. 63 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.

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