Eastern Arizona College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 769
Thatcher, AZ 85552-0769
Tel: (520)428-8322; Admissions: (928)428-8247; Fax: (520)428-8462; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site: http://www.eac.edu/

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Arizona State Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1888. Setting: small town campus. Endowment: $612,810. Research spending 2002-03: $110,090. Educational spending 2002-03: $2557 per student. Total enrollment: 3,925. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. Full-time: 1,618 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 2,307 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 5% from out-of-state, 5% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 19% 25 or older, 5% live on campus. Retention: 71% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for nursing program, some emergency medical technology programs. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1008 full-time, $42 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5988 full-time, $87 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $3800. College room only: $1895. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Criminal Justice Student Association, Multicultural Council, Phi Theta Kappa, Mark Allen Dorm Club. Major annual events: Fall Homecoming, Fall Campus Picnic, Yearbook Party. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 20-hour patrols by trained security personnel. 370 college housing spaces available; 243 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Alumni Library plus 1 other with an OPAC and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $496,767. 458 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: Population over 4,000. Thatcher is located in the broad valley of the Gila River. It is on Highway 70 about 75 miles east of the junction of Highways 60 and 70 at Globe, about 165 miles east of Phoenix, and 250 miles west of El Paso. Nearby Safford, with a population of over 9,000, is the county seat of government for Graham County. In addition, it serves as the hotel and shopping center for the upper Gila Valley. The area enjoys an invigorating climate with sunshine 90% of the year; rainfall is approximately nine inches during the year. The valley is flanked by the 10,000-foot Graham Mountains, Gila Mountain Range, Indian Hot Springs, Red Knolls Desert Theatre, Coolidge Dam, and the Great Surface copper mines. All are within easy driving distance. Elevation: 3,000.

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