East-West University: Narrative Description

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816 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605-2103
Tel: (312)939-0111
Fax: (312)939-0083
Web Site: http://www.eastwest.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1978. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $15 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6092 per student. Total enrollment: 1,040. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 947 applied, 90% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 76% from top half. Students come from 6 states and territories, 10 other countries, 0.1% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 73% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 11% international, 20% 25 or older. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview, ACT. Required for some: 1 recommendation. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 7/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $10,345 full-time, $345 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $495 full-time, $465 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. College housing not available. East-West University Library with 32,000 books, 1,300 microform titles, 3,450 serials, 1,700 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $206,298. 130 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:

Located in Chicago's South Loop (Burnham Park) District, East-West overlooks scenic Grant Park and is within walking distance of the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Art Institute and Buckingham Fountain. Also within walking distance of the University is the "Loop" (Chicago's main business and banking district) and the historic Printer's Row area. The accessibility of such cultural landmarks adds to the overall education of the students.

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