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Centenary College: Narrative Description


400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840-2100
Tel: (908)852-1400
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1867. Setting: 42-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5741 per student. Total enrollment: 2,600. Faculty: 217 (53 full-time, 164 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 698 applied, 97% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 58% from top half. Full-time: 1,692 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 318 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 17 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 35% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. 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, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Center for Adult and Professional Studies. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

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

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,860 includes full-time tuition ($18,450), mandatory fees ($910), and college room and board ($7500). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location and program. Part-time tuition: $385 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $20 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to location and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 25 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Council, equestrian teams, Quill, student government, Kappa Delta Epsilon. Major annual events: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend, Christmas Semi-Formal, President's Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, patrols by trained security personnel 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. 625 college housing spaces available; 620 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Taylor Memorial Learning Resource Center with 67,272 books, 20,591 microform titles, 211 serials, 4,965 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $263,936. 30 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 16,000, Hackettstown is a suburban and residential community. The area industry has not destroyed the natural surroundings. There is easy access to New York City by bus and train. The ski resorts of the Pocono Mountains are only 30 minutes via Route 80 West. State parks maintained by New Jersey are minutes away.

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