East Texas Baptist University: Narrative Description

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1209 North Grove
Marshall, TX 75670-1498
Tel: (903)935-7963
Free: 800-804-ETBU
Admissions: (903)923-2000
Fax: (903)938-1705
Web Site: http://www.etbu.edu/


Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1912. Setting: 200-acre small town campus. Endowment: $47.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4976 per student. Total enrollment: 1,412. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 663 applied, 96% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 72% from top half. 9 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,284 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 128 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 9 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 16% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 11% 25 or older, 73% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Brooks Veteran's Administration Medical Center School of Medical Technology. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

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

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $15,873 includes full-time tuition ($12,000) and college room and board ($3873). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $375 per semester hour. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 19 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Ministry, Residence Hall Councils, Student Government Association, REACT, Student Foundation Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Fabulous Feagin Fry Fun Frenzy, Welcome Back Party. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access. 1,063 college housing spaces available; 1,037 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Mamye Jarrett Library with 116,895 books, 59,150 microform titles, 668 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $460,134. 203 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:

See Wiley College.

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