Erskine College: Narrative Description

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2 Washington St.
PO Box 338
Due West, SC 29639
Tel: (864)379-2131
Free: 800-241-8721
Admissions: (864)379-8830
Fax: (864)379-8759
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Administratively affiliated with Erskine Theological Seminary. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1839. Setting: 85-acre rural campus. Endowment: $42.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5826 per student. Total enrollment: 962. Faculty: 72 (37 full-time, 35 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 797 applied, 67% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 88% from top half. Full-time: 603 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 14 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 12 other countries, 36% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 7% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 1% 25 or older, 88% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: biological/life sciences; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at other colleges having a 4-1-4 calendar. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to members of Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $24,154 includes full-time tuition ($16,948), mandatory fees ($1180), and college room and board ($6026). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $380 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 49 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 14% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: literary societies, religious organizations, Student Government Organization, publications, honor societies. Major annual events: Fall Fest, Spring Fling, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 644 college housing spaces available; 535 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. McCain Library with 233,541 books, 62,012 microform titles, 1,020 serials, 1,777 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $463,693. 65 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Due West is a town of approximately 1,300 residents. It enjoys a temperate climate. There is easy access to Interstate Routes 26 and 85, and the cities of Anderson, Greenwood, and Greenville are nearby. The major metropolitan areas of Atlanta and Charlotte are within a 2.5-hour drive. The college arranges transportation to meet students arriving at these points by train, bus or plane. Local recreational facilities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, movies and a physical education/athletic center.