Chester College of New England: Narrative Description

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40 Chester St.
Chester, NH 03036-4331
Tel: (603)887-4401
Free: 800-974-6372
Admissions: (603)887-7400
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 75-acre rural campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $3.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3366 per student. Total enrollment: 203. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 186 applied, 47% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 29% from top half. Full-time: 163 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 40 students, 53% women, 48% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 1 other country, 44% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 0.5% Hispanic, 1% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 6% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 64% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, interview. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, portfolio, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $21,830 includes full-time tuition ($13,900), mandatory fees ($530), and college room and board ($7400). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition: $465 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $530 per year. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group. Social organizations: 7 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Running Club, Green Life (Recycling), Filmmakers Club, Drama Club. Major annual events: Commencement, Fall/Spring Convocation, Open House. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, regular patrols by trained security personnel. 102 college housing spaces available; 90 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Wadleigh Library with 27,000 books, 355 microform titles, 60 serials, 400 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $52,635. 29 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Chester is a small town in close proximity to larger towns and cities such as Derry, Manchester and Boston.

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