Clover Park Technical College: Narrative Description

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4500 Steilacoom Blvd., SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Tel: (253)589-5678
Admissions: (253)589-5570
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Washington State Community and Technical College System. Awards certificates and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1942. Educational spending 2003-04: $2813 per student. Total enrollment: 8,488. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. Full-time: 1,848 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 6,640 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 0% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 12% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 61% 25 or older. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, accelerated degree program, distance learning, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Placement: ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 9/27. Notification: continuous until 9/27.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $36. State resident tuition: $2369 full-time, $48 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $513 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Accounting Numbers Club, Auto Tech Club, Computer Users Club, Social Services Club. Major annual events: Veteran's Day Celebration, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, car show. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. CPTC Library with 11,219 books, 97 serials, 2,322 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $355,014. 1,510 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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