Conception Seminary College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 502
Conception, MO 64433-0502
Tel: (660)944-3105; Admissions: (660)944-2886; Fax: (660)944-2829; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic, 4-year, specialized, men only. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1886. Setting: 30-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 100. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 4:1. 10 applied, 100% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 90 students. Part-time: 10 students. Students come from 18 states and territories, 5 other countries, 67% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 1% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 55% 25 or older, 100% live on campus, 24% transferred in. Retention: 82% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, independent study, double major. Off campus study at Northwest Missouri State University.

Entrance Requirements: Option: electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, church certificate, medical history, ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 7/31. Notification: continuous until 8/15. Preference given to Catholic seminarians.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $18,406 includes full-time tuition ($11,432), mandatory fees ($180), and college room and board ($6794). College room only: $2874. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $150 per credit.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Vocation Committee, Drama Club, Apostolics, Fine Arts Committee, Social Concerns Committee. Major annual events: May Day, Encounter with God's Call, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. 125 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: men-only housing available. Conception Seminary College Library with 115,000 books, 180 microform titles, 300 serials, 5,000 audiovisual materials, and a Web page. 12 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Conception is located in northwest Missouri, 85 miles north of Kansas City. The Abbey contains a collection of rare manuscripts dating back to the 10th century. See also Missouri Western State College for information about St. Joseph, the nearest large city.

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