Caldwell College: Narrative Description

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9 Ryerson Ave.
Caldwell, NJ 07006-6195
Tel: (973)618-3000; 888-864-9516
Admissions: (973)618-3226
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1939. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $4.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $30,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $5084 per student. Total enrollment: 2,175. Faculty: 184 (79 full-time, 105 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,218 applied, 79% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 23% from top quarter, 56% from top half. Full-time: 1,061 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 648 students, 76% women, 24% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 28 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 16% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 38% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/15, 1/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $26,450 includes full-time tuition ($18,700), mandatory fees ($250), and college room and board ($7500). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $450 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, International Students Organization, Caldwell College Education Association, Circle K, Black Student Cooperative Unit. Major annual events: Founders' Day, Semi-Formal Banquet, Fall Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, dusk-to-dawn patrols by trained security personnel. 371 college housing spaces available; 355 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Jennings Library with 144,698 books, 6,121 microform titles, 426 serials, 2,007 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $912,238. 197 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The birthplace of President Grover Cleveland, Caldwell is situated in Western Essex County with bus lines serving the area, and New York City only 20 miles away. Community services include a number of churches, a public library, hospitals and various civic organizations. The Grover Cleveland County Park, golf courses and tennis courts provide facilities for recreation. Skiing and ice skating are available during the winter season.

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