Ellsworth Community College: Narrative Description

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1100 College Ave.
Iowa Falls, IA 50126-1199
Tel: (641)648-4611
Free: 800-ECC-9235
Fax: (641)648-3128
Web Site: http://www.iavalley.cc.ia.us/ecc/


State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Iowa Valley Community College District System. Awards diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 10-acre small town campus. Endowment: $2.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4600 per student. Total enrollment: 930. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 610 applied, 93% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top half. Students come from 18 states and territories, 4 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 8% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 18% 25 or older, 38% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for state residents. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT recommended; ACT, COMPASS required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadlines: Rolling, 8/1 for nonresidents. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

State resident tuition: $2280 full-time, $95 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2832 full-time, $118 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $540 full-time, $6.50 per hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Agriculture-Science Club, Biotechnology Club, International Club, Criminal Justice Club, Rodeo Club. Major annual events: Winter Carnival, Family Day, Talent Show. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Osgood Learning Resource Center with 25,500 books and 300 serials. Operations spending 2003-04: $220,000. 80 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Iowa Falls (population 6,127) is a rural area situated on the Iowa River. Community facilities include 18 churches of all denominations, a hospital, library, motels, hotels, and various civic and service organizations. Part-time jobs are available. Recreational facilities include a theater, hunting, fishing, water skiing, swimming and two nine-hole golf courses.

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