Calumet College of Saint Joseph: Narrative Description

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2400 New York Ave.
Whiting, IN 46394-2195
Tel: (219)473-7770; 877-700-9100
Admissions: (219)473-4215
Fax: (219)473-4259
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1951. Setting: 25-acre urban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $2.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $56,685. Educational spending 2003-04: $4052 per student. Total enrollment: 1,327. Faculty: 123 (30 full-time, 93 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 304 applied, 63% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 15% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 457 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 792 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 2 states and territories, 29% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 21% Hispanic, 29% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 65% 25 or older, 17% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, interview, ACT COMPASS. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Tuition: $9450 full-time, $315 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Los Amigos Hispanic Club, Criminal Justice Club, Drama Club, Black Student Union. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, night security. College housing not available. Mary Gorman Specker Memorial Library plus 1 other with 93,067 books, 3,089 microform titles, 277 serials, 6,580 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $362,771. 98 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.

Community Environment:

Hammond-Whiting, facing Lake Michigan, is one of the greatest industrial regions in the world. Industries produce pig iron, rolled, forged and casted steel products, petroleum, lead and aluminum products, chemicals, railroad freight cars and building materials. Part-time employment is available.

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