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Central Pennsylvania College: Narrative Description


College Hill Rd.
Summerdale, PA 17093-0309
Tel: (717)732-0702
Free: 800-759-2727
Admissions: (717)728-2213
Fax: (717)732-5254
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Proprietary, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1881. Setting: 35-acre small town campus. Total enrollment: 866. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,239 applied, 56% were admitted. Full-time: 550 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 316 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 5% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 14% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 14% 25 or older, 40% live on campus. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, interview. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 9/20. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $17,160 includes full-time tuition ($10,440), mandatory fees ($570), and college room and board ($6150). College room only: $4500. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $290 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $190 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 14 open to all. Most popular organizations: Campus Christian Fellowship, College Council, Student Ambassadors, Phi Beta Lambda, Travel Club. Major annual events: Career Expo, Fashion Show, Formal. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 383 college housing spaces available; 367 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Charles T Jones Leadership Library plus 1 other with 7,923 books, 4,850 serials, 356 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. 150 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:

Located in the small town of Summerdale, Pennsylvania, Central Penn is just across the river from Harrisburg. As the state capital, Harrisburg is home to a variety of recreational, cultural, historic, and sporting attractions.

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