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Coker College: Narrative Description


300 East College Ave.
Hartsville, SC 29550
Tel: (843)383-8000
Free: 800-950-1908
Admissions: (843)383-8050
Fax: (843)383-8056
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees (also offers evening program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1908. Setting: 30-acre small town campus with easy access to Charlotte. Total enrollment: 482. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 654 applied, 95% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 37% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 2 valedictorians. Full-time: 473 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 9 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 6 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 26% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 8% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; visual/performing arts; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, 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, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.2 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, minimum 2.2 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Comprehensive fee: $22,126 includes full-time tuition ($16,464), mandatory fees ($336), and college room and board ($5326). College room only: $2846. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $686 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $2.50 per semester hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 27 open to all. Most popular organizations: Coker College Union, student government, Pan-African American Sisterhood Association, Sigma Alpha Chi, Commissioners. Major annual events: homecoming, C.O.W. Days, Bandfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 364 college housing spaces available; 338 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James Lide Coker III Memorial Library plus 1 other with 78,706 books, 45,391 microform titles, 575 serials, 5,741 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 40 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Coker College is located in Hartsville, a community of approximately 20,000 people. It is located in the northeastern part of the state, 20 miles off I-95, and approximately a two-hour drive from South Carolina's beautiful beaches and mountains. The climate is temperate and mild year-round. There is a township library and many churches of various denominations. Florence airport is 24 miles away. Part-time employment is available for students. Local recreational facilities include two theaters, Lake Robinson, Prestwood Lake, golf, tennis, two city parks, and racing. There are various civic and fraternal organizations that are active within the community. Health service facilities are available.

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