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Cedar Crest College: Narrative Description


100 College Dr.
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
Tel: (610)437-4471
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Independent, comprehensive, women only, affiliated with United Church of Christ. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1867. Setting: 84-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $13.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6607 per student. Total enrollment: 1,856. Faculty: 145 (75 full-time, 70 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,424 applied, 71% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 2 class presidents, 2 valedictorians, 5 student government officers. Full-time: 887 students. Part-time: 897 students. Students come from 31 states and territories, 10 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 54% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: psychology; health professions and related sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at 6 members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, American University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $30,965 includes full-time tuition ($22,712), mandatory fees ($300), and college room and board ($7953). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. 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: 46 open to all; 70% of eligible undergrads are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Out There, Athletes Club, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association. Major annual events: Dink Donut Night, Junior Ring Ceremony, Midnight Breakfast. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs. 550 college housing spaces available; 467 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: women-only housing available. Cressman Library with 133,763 books, 12,948 microform titles, 8,695 serials, 16,316 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $663,000. 227 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:

Population 110,000, Allentown is located on the Lehigh River within 55 miles of Philadelphia and 90 miles from New York City. It is Pennsylvania's third largest industrial market. Diversified manufacturing includes machinery and tools, trucks, electric appliances, electronic equipment, apparel, cement, and gas-generating equipment. The area has good transportation facilities including four railroad lines, air service, and bus lines. The community has many churches representing various denominations. Four hospitals, a dental hospital, a library system, a museum, and an Equity theatre company are located here. Local recreational facilities encompass volleyball, baseball, tennis, basketball, swimming, hiking, band concerts, opera, community theatre, five radio stations, and many movie theatres. Part-time employment is available for students.

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