Dona Ana Branch Community College: Narrative Description

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MSC-3DA, Box 30001
3400 South Espina St.
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Tel: (505)527-7500
Fax: (505)527-7515
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of New Mexico State University System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1973. Setting: 15-acre urban campus with easy access to Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. Total enrollment: 6,347. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 30:1. 1,629 applied, 99% were admitted. Full-time: 3,596 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 2,751 students, 56% women, 44% men. 2% Native American, 63% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for radiological technology, nursing, respiratory care, paramedic, electrical apprenticeship, area vocational school programs. Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: recommendations. Placement: ACT, ACT ASSET, or ACT COMPASS recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Area resident tuition: $1080 full-time, $45 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $1320 full-time, $55 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3240 full-time, $135 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $45 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Fling, Return to Campus. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. Library/Media Center with 17,140 books, 213 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $184,000. 433 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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