Garden City Community College: Narrative Description

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801 Campus Dr.
Garden City, KS 67846-6399
Tel: (316)276-7611
Admissions: (620)276-7611
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County-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Kansas Board of Regents. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1919. Setting: 63-acre rural campus. Endowment: $4.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4890 per student. Total enrollment: 2,174. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 845 applied, 100% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 19% from top quarter, 34% from top half. Full-time: 925 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 1,249 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 9% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 39% 25 or older, 12% live on campus. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for transfer students. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1248 full-time, $39 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2080 full-time, $65 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $672 full-time, $21 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. College room and board: $4500. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 23 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Business Professionals of America, Criminal Justice Organization, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Earth Day, Homecoming, Hispanic Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 306 college housing spaces available. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Saffell Library with 42,080 books, 2,771 microform titles, 116 serials, 303 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $166,111. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Garden City is on the Arkansas River in a fertile agricultural area. Predominant crops are corn, alfalfa, wheat and grain sorgums, with beef cattle production very strong. Shopping facilities are good. Finnup Park, a large recreational development, contains a swimming pool, picnic sites, museum and zoo. Other facilities for recreation are golf courses and local parks. One of the largest buffalo herds is located at Garden City on the Buffalo Preserve. All forms of commercial transportation are available.

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