Columbia Union College: Narrative Description

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7600 Flower Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912-7796
Tel: (301)891-4000; 800-835-4212; Admissions: (301)891-4502; Fax: (301)891-4230; Web Site:

Description: Independent Seventh-day Adventist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1904. Setting: 19-acre suburban campus with easy access to Washington, DC. Endowment: $3.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7075 per student. Total enrollment: 1,183. Faculty: 56 (53 full-time, 3 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 851 applied, 54% were admitted. Full-time: 762 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 397 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 39 states and territories, 42% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 52% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 45% 25 or older, 47% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 64% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at University of Maryland System. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.50 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $20,543 includes full-time tuition ($14,698), mandatory fees ($550), and college room and board ($5295). Part-time tuition: $612 per semester hour. part-time mandatory fees: $275 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 9 open to all. Most popular organization: Student Association. Major annual events: Barn Party, Christmas Party, Valentine Banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 362 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Theofield G. Weis Library with 131,617 books, 5,358 serials, 7,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $572,408. 50 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: A suburb of Washington, D.C., the residents of Takoma Park enjoy the cultural and recreational facilities of that city. There are many opportunities for part-time employment. Shopping facilities are excellent.

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