Dowling College: Narrative Description

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Idle Hour Blvd.
Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
Tel: (631)244-3000
Free: 800-DOW-LING
Admissions: (631)244-3101
Fax: (631)563-3827
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1955. Setting: 157-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $10.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $134,095. Educational spending 2003-04: $4612 per student. Total enrollment: 6,092. Faculty: 416 (128 full-time, 288 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,852 applied, 99% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 19% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 2,235 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 1,122 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 56 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 10% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 41% 25 or older, 17% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; computer/information sciences; liberal arts/general studies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, 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, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Long Island Regional Advisory Council for Higher Education. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Tuition: $15,210 full-time, $507 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $840 full-time, $275 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. College room only: $5512. Room charges vary according to housing facility and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Residence Hall Council, Pan African-American-Caribbean Club, Aeronautics Club, Lion's Voice (student newspaper). Major annual events: Holiday Ball, Spring Cotillion, Adopt-a-Child Holiday Event. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 625 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Dowling College Library with 118,830 books, 3,131 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 118 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 3,000. Oakdale is a suburban community west of Sayville with temperate climate. The area is served by the Long Island Railroad, and a main bus route to Patchogue and Freeport. There are 3 hospitals within 20 miles and a college health service. Adjoining cities furnish community services as well as recreational and cultural opportunities. Some part-time employment is available for students.

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