DePauw University: Narrative Description

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313 South Locust St.
Greencastle, IN 46135-0037
Tel: (765)658-4800
Free: 800-447-2495
Admissions: (765)658-4006
Fax: (765)658-4007
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1837. Setting: 655-acre small town campus with easy access to Indianapolis. Endowment: $412.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,853 per student. Total enrollment: 2,391. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 3,485 applied, 69% were admitted. 53% from top 10% of their high school class, 85% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 14 National Merit Scholars, 30 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,359 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 32 students, 81% women, 19% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 21 other countries, 51% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 0.1% 25 or older, 95% live on campus, 0.3% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies; English. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Great Lakes Colleges Association. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 1/1 for early decision, 2/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $32,800 includes full-time tuition ($25,000), mandatory fees ($500), and college room and board ($7300). College room only: $3800. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $781.25 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 90 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 74% of eligible men and 70% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Community Service Program, Union Board, Student Congress, Resident Students Association, Independent Council. Major annual events: Fall Dance Marathon (to raise money for pediatric AIDS), Monon Bell Game, American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,407 college housing spaces available; 1,323 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Roy O. West Library plus 3 others with 545,736 books, 500,678 microform titles, 2,134 serials, 12,126 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.9 million. 424 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Greencastle is located 40 miles west of Indianapolis, and within a 4-hour drive of Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, and St. Louis. Community facilities include churches and a county hospital. The resort areas of Cataract Lake and Mansfield Lake are within 15 miles, and provide facilities for water sports and fishing.

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