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Central Community College-Columbus Campus: Narrative Description


4500 63rd St., PO Box 1027
Columbus, NE 68602-1027
Tel: (402)564-7132
Admissions: (402)562-1296
Fax: (402)562-1201
E-mail: [email protected]
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Central Community College. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1968. Setting: 90-acre small town campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $3156 per student. Total enrollment: 1,995. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. Full-time: 523 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 1,472 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 4% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 50% 25 or older, 17% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters plus six-week summer session. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: 3 recommendations, interview. Placement: ACT ASSET or ACT COMPASS recommended; ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1392 full-time, $58 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2088 full-time, $87 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $96 full-time, $4 per credit part-time. College room and board: $3744. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Drama Club, Art Club, Cantari, Chorale. Major annual events: East Central Nebraska College Fair, Ethnic Festival, plays. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, night security. 106 college housing spaces available; 93 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Learning Resources Center with 22,000 books, 118 serials, 1,390 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $87,621. 100 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:

Columbus was originally an agricultural area, but in the late 1940s, as the town was dying from the loss of young people to the larger cities, a concerted effort was begun to introduce industry to the community. This effort has been very successful, and to date the area has more industrial workers per capita than any other city in the Midwest. Products range from agricultural equipment to medical equipment. Commercial transportation is available. Pawnee Park offers swimming, tennis, picnic grounds, and athletic fields. Lake North offers swimming, water skiing, and boating. Lake Babcok offers fishing and boating, plus free camp grounds equipped with electrical outlets and tables. Columbus is 85 miles from Omaha and 80 miles from Lincoln. The community facilities include 22 churches and one library.

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