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Central Missouri State University: Narrative Description


PO Box 800
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660)543-4111
Admissions: (660)543-4290
Fax: (660)543-8517
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1871. Setting: 1,561-acre small town campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $68,018. Research spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5747 per student. Total enrollment: 10,051. Faculty: 573 (430 full-time, 143 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,353 applied, 86% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 73% from top half. Full-time: 7,023 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 1,280 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 51 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 28% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 71% 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, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, rank in upper two-thirds of high school class, minimum ACT score of 20, ACT. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $5550 full-time, $185 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,680 full-time, $356 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $420 full-time, $14 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. College room and board: $5180. College room only: $4444. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 16% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Association of Black Collegiates, International Student Organization. Major annual events: Homecoming, Greek Week activities, Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, canine patrol. 3,495 college housing spaces available; 2,640 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James C. Kirkpatrick Library with 1.3 million books, 829,084 microform titles, 2,552 serials, 25,240 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.3 million. 1,220 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:

Surrounded by rolling prairie and scenic woodlands, Warrensburg is located just south of Interstate 70 at the junction of highways 50 and 13. An hour's drive southeast of Kansas City, it is directly en route to a number of popular Missouri attractions, including the Lake of the Ozarks and Branson. Warrensburg's 18,500 residents are in the enviable position of being close to a metropolitan area while able to enjoy the safety and advantages of small-town life. Bus and train lines serve the town. Employment and housing are available both on and off campus.

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