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Centralia College: Narrative Description


600 West Locust
Centralia, WA 98531-4099
Tel: (360)736-9391
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1925. Setting: 31-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2740 per student. Total enrollment: 3,685. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 2,346 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 4 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 55% 25 or older. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT ASSET or ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 9/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2445 full-time, $72 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2835 full-time, $85 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $258 full-time, $5 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 22 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Diesel Tech Club, Business Management Association, Student Activities/Admissions Team, International Club. Major annual events: CC 101 Orientation, Graduation, Spring Fest. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Kirk Library with 38,000 books, 225 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $372,726. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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