College of the Southwest: Narrative Description

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6610 Lovington Hwy.
Hobbs, NM 88240-9129
Tel: (505)392-6561
Free: 800-530-4400
Admissions: (505)392-6563
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1962. Setting: 162-acre small town campus. Endowment: $486,583. Educational spending 2003-04: $4812 per student. Total enrollment: 741. Faculty: 90 (29 full-time, 61 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,994 applied, 46% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 68% from top half. Full-time: 427 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 181 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 11 other countries, 26% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 30% Hispanic, 3% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 42% 25 or older, 23% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $14,300 includes full-time tuition ($9300) and college room and board ($5000). Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $310 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 6 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Students in Free Enterprise, Southwest Association of Future Educators, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual events: homecoming, Family Week. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, night security. 156 college housing spaces available; 134 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Scarborough Memorial Library plus 1 other with 76,217 books, 24,195 microform titles, 287 serials, 1,333 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $183,225. 35 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See New Mexico Junior College.

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