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Central Methodist University: Narrative Description


411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248-1198
Tel: (660)248-3391
Admissions: (660)248-6247
Fax: (660)248-2287
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1854. Setting: 80-acre small town campus. Endowment: $20.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4124 per student. Total enrollment: 781. Faculty: 63 (54 full-time, 9 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,183 applied, 62% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 70% from top half. 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 751 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 30 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 9% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 9% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 9% 25 or older, 71% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 57% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Mineral Area College, East Central College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Required for some: 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $20,560 includes full-time tuition ($14,490), mandatory fees ($710), and college room and board ($5360). College room only: $2640. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $140 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 37 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 12% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Wesley Foundation, Alpha Phi Omega, Christian Students United in Christ, Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Major annual events: Family Day, Homecoming, Hall of Sponsors Competition. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Smiley Library plus 1 other with 97,793 books, 140,742 microform titles, 316 serials, 379 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 72 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:

Fayette (population 3,520) is the county seat of Howard County and is in an area that is noted for the production of purebred cattle. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are about a two-hour drive away. The cultural facilities of both large cities are available and add charm to the community.

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