College of Southern Idaho: Narrative Description

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PO Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238
Tel: (208)733-9554
Admissions: (208)732-6232
Fax: (208)736-3014
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 287-acre small town campus. Endowment: $15 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6220 per student. Total enrollment: 7,105. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. Full-time: 3,175 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 3,930 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 27 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 49% 25 or older, 10% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript, ACT COMPASS. Required for some: recommendations, interview, ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

State resident tuition: $1800 full-time, $90 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5000 full-time, $250 per credit part-time. College room and board: $3860. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all. Most popular organizations: BPA, Dex, Chi Alpha (Christian Group), Vet Tech Club, Equine Club. Major annual events: Lane of Trees, Halloween Carnival, Ski Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 246 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. College of Southern Idaho Library with 62,556 books, 374 serials, 4,216 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $549,680. 750 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Twin Falls, a pleasant residential town with a population of 30,000, is the county seat of Twin Falls County, the cultural and trade center of South Central Idaho's Magic Valley. The city is located at the junction of Transcontinental Highway 30 and International Highway 93. Buses, railroads, and airlines serve the area. Due to the climate, location, and natural surroundings, there are an unlimited variety of outdoor recreational facilities and activities. The city serves as headquarters for the Sawtooth National Forest.

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