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Freed-Hardeman University: Narrative Description


158 East Main St.
Henderson, TN 38340-2399
Tel: (731)989-6000; 800-630-3480; Admissions: (731)989-6651; Fax: (731)989-6047; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of Christ. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1869. Setting: 96-acre small town campus. Endowment: $20.7 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $6416 per student. Total enrollment: 1,966. Faculty: 117 (97 full-time, 20 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 663 applied, 99% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 81% from top half. 13 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,378 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 69 students, 48% women, 52% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 17 other countries, 50% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 6% 25 or older, 78% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Lambuth University, Union University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.25 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 9/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $16,366 includes full-time tuition ($9300), mandatory fees ($1746), and college room and board ($5320). College room only: $2960. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $310 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $65 per semester hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 35 open to all; coed social clubs; 48% of eligible men and 48% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Alumni Association, University Program Council, University Student Ambassadors, Evangelism Forum. Major annual events: Spring Weekend/Makin' Music, Homecoming, Annual Bible Lectureship. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,303 college housing spaces available; 1,123 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Loden-Daniel Library with 154,689 books, 255,909 microform titles, 1,715 serials, 42,735 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $639,003. 250 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: Henderson is a rural town of 5,500 with an airport within 25 miles. A metropolitan area, Jackson, (population 55,000) is located within 15 miles and Memphis is only 80 miles away. The community facilities include churches, good shopping facilities, and some major civic and service organizations. The Tennessee River, Kentucky Lake, Chickasaw State Park, and Pickwick Dam provide a number of facilities for all kinds of water sports and other recreation. Some part-time employment is available.

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