College of Visual Arts: Narrative Description

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344 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102-2124
Tel: (651)224-3416; 800-224-1536; Admissions: (651)224-3416; Fax: (651)224-8854; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1924. Setting: 2-acre urban campus with easy access to Minneapolis. Endowment: $304,762. Educational spending 2002-03: $4673 per student. Total enrollment: 219. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 142 applied, 50% were admitted. 3% from top quarter of their high school class, 16% from top half. Full-time: 186 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 33 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 13 states and territories, 10% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 22% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Retention: 61% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.7 high school GPA, interview, portfolio, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Tuition: $15,576 full-time, $780 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $530 full-time, $53 per course part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organization: AIGA Student Chapter. Major annual events: Senior Show, Annual Student Exhibition, Symposium Series. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. College of Visual Arts Library with 7,100 books, 55 serials, 30,370 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $9037. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

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