Briarwood College: Narrative Description

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2279 Mount Vernon Rd.
Southington, CT 06489-1057
Tel: (860)628-4751
Fax: (860)628-6444
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Proprietary, primarily 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, terminal associate, and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 32-acre small town campus with easy access to Boston and Hartford. Endowment: $27,595. Total enrollment: 637. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 473 applied, 80% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 7% from top quarter, 24% from top half. Full-time: 393 students, 75% women, 25% men. Part-time: 244 students, 78% women, 22% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 2 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 19% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 38% 25 or older, 21% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Placement: College Board Diagnostic Tests required. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Tuition: $15,200 full-time, $500 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $220 full-time, $125 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room only: $3320. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run radio station. Most popular organizations: student government, Yearbook Committee, Student Ambassador Club, F.A.M.E. (Fashion Merchandising Club). Major annual events: Spring Prom, Class Night, holiday parties. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 174 college housing spaces available; 154 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Pupillo Library with 11,500 books, 154 serials, 130 audiovisual materials, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $70,283. 54 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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