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Castleton State College: Narrative Description


Castleton, VT 05735
Tel: (802)468-5611
Free: 800-639-8521
Admissions: (802)468-1213
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Vermont State Colleges System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1787. Setting: 160-acre rural campus. Endowment: $4.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $17,206. Educational spending 2003-04: $5025 per student. Total enrollment: 1,971. Faculty: 180 (87 full-time, 93 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,519 applied, 83% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 18% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 1,601 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 195 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 35% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 0.5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 16% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Green Mountain College, other Vermont state colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $34. One-time mandatory fee: $170. State resident tuition: $6312 full-time, $263 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,632 full-time, $568 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $172 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $6674. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: student radio station, community service, women's issues organization, rugby, snowboarding. Major annual events: Soundings, Spring Weekend, Fall Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 800 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Calvin Coolidge Library with 166,011 books, 545,361 microform titles, 739 serials, 3,420 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $771,318. 225 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Adjacent to outstanding ski and summer resorts, the area is rural and surrounded by Vermont's beautiful lakes and mountains.

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