College of Santa Fe: Narrative Description

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1600 Saint Michael's Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87505-7634
Tel: (505)473-6011; 800-456-2673; Admissions: (505)473-6133; Fax: (505)473-6127; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus with easy access to Albuquerque. Total enrollment: 1,761. Faculty: 251 (71 full-time, 180 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 503 applied, 81% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 74% from top half. Full-time: 683 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 706 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 5 other countries, 82% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 25% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 14% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 68% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; business/marketing; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Great Lakes Colleges Association, New York City Arts Program. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, interview, portfolio or audition for visual and performing arts programs, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $25,293 includes full-time tuition ($18,980), mandatory fees ($525), and college room and board ($5788). College room only: $2724. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $632 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $5 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 14 open to all. Major annual events: Annual Day of Service, Christmas Semi-Formal, Fiesta De Santa Fe. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 449 college housing spaces available; 423 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Fogelson Library Center plus 2 others with 128,982 books, 87,639 microform titles, 421 serials, 10,082 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 180 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: Santa Fe, the oldest state capital in the United States, is one of the country's top art markets and cultural centers. According to Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Santa Fe is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The charm of narrow, winding streets and fascinating architecture, combined with such exciting annual events as the Indian Market and Fiestas, make Santa Fe a fun place to visit and a great place in which to live and study. Outdoors, Santa Fe has an ideal four-season climate. Recreation includes world-class skiing, white water rafting on the Rio Grande, biking, and hiking. Any time of the year, Sante Fe's sunsets are notoriously beautiful.

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