Bucks County Community College: Narrative Description

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275 Swamp Rd.
Newtown, PA 18940-1525
Tel: (215)968-8000; Admissions: (215)968-8123; Fax: (215)968-8110; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site: http://www.bucks.edu/

Description: County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $2.3 million. Research spending 2002-03: $139,516. Educational spending 2002-03: $1760 per student. Total enrollment: 10,096. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 5,273 applied, 99% were admitted. Full-time: 4,059 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 6,037 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 2 states and territories, 38 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 39% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing, chef's apprentice, fine arts, graphic design programs. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 5/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Area resident tuition: $2550 full-time, $85 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $5100 full-time, $170 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7650 full-time, $255 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $434 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 24 open to all; local sororities. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Students in Free Enterprise, student council, The Centurion (student newspaper). Major annual events: open house, Spring Fling, Career Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Bucks County Community College Library with 185,377 books, 31,482 microform titles, 491 serials, 5,546 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.4 million. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 4,238. Newtown is a suburb of Philadelphia located approximately 20 miles from the heart of the downtown area.

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