Dana College: Narrative Description

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2848 College Dr.
Blair, NE 68008-1099
Tel: (402)426-9000
Free: 800-444-3262
Admissions: (402)426-7220
Fax: (402)426-7386
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.dana.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1884. Setting: 150-acre small town campus with easy access to Omaha. Endowment: $10.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6946 per student. Total enrollment: 639. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 927 applied, 71% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 66% from top half. Full-time: 619 students, 44% women, 56% men. Part-time: 20 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 1 other country, 47% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 4% 25 or older, 67% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Consortium of Eastern Nebraska Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Required for some: essay, 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $21,860 includes full-time tuition ($16,200), mandatory fees ($600), and college room and board ($5060). College room only: $1960. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $490 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $35 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Association, Social Awareness Organization, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, campus ministry, HOPE (Helping Our People Expand). Major annual events: homecoming, Sights and Sounds of Christmas, Winterfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 600 college housing spaces available; 422 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. C. A. Dana-Life Library plus 1 other with 145,909 books, 16,274 microform titles, 12,577 serials, 6,979 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $222,305. 110 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:

Blair is a suburban community located in a large farming area. Small industries contribute to the economic stability of the community. The college provides transportation to Omaha for the train and bus, and to Eppley Airfield, 25 minutes away. Community facilities include 11 churches, a public library, community theatre, hospital, and clinics as well as many civic, fraternal, and veterans' organizations. Recreational facilities provide for golf, swimming, tennis, and hiking; the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is 3 miles from Blair; the Missouri River near Blair provides boating and fishing opportunities. Student employment opportunities are good.

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