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Century College: Narrative Description


3300 Century Ave. North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Tel: (651)779-3200
Free: 800-228-1978
Admissions: (651)779-2619
Fax: (651)779-5810
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 150-acre suburban campus with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Endowment: $1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3395 per student. Total enrollment: 8,650. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 3,003 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 4,138 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 4,512 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 60 other countries, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 8% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 33% 25 or older, 21% transferred in. Retention: 48% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $3267 full-time, $108.90 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6504 full-time, $216.80 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $366 full-time, $12.19 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, Dental Assistants Club, Creative Arts Alliance, Christian Club. Major annual events: Wood Duck Day, Winter Carnival, October Fest. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, day patrols. College housing not available. Century College Main Library plus 1 other with 56,867 books, 6,656 microform titles, 486 serials, 3,569 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $630,696. 985 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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