Cogswell Polytechnical College: Narrative Description

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1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1299
Tel: (408)541-0100
Free: 800-264-7955
Fax: (408)747-0764
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Part of Foundation for Educational Achievement, San Diego. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1887. Setting: 2-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Francisco and San Jose. Endowment: $6.8 million. Total enrollment: 376. 30 applied, 90% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 172 students, 16% women, 84% men. Part-time: 204 students, 13% women, 87% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 5 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 4% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 50% 25 or older, 9% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Recommended: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview, portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $12,480 full-time, $520 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $40 full-time, $10 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room only: $6300. Room charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 1 open to all. Most popular organization: ASB. Major annual events: Founders' Day, dance, movie nights. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. 30 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Cogswell College Library with 11,257 books, 43 microform titles, 102 serials, 359 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $77,625. 125 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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