Golden Gate University: Narrative Description

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536 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
Tel: (415)442-7000
Free: 800-448-4968
Admissions: (415)442-7800
Fax: (415)442-7807
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1853. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $16.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4423 per student. Total enrollment: 4,069. Faculty: 662 (33 full-time, 629 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. Full-time: 130 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 484 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 50 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 7% black, 17% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 76% 25 or older, 20% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at The San Francisco Consortium.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: minimum 3.2 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. Tuition: $10,320 full-time, $1290 per course part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load, degree level, and program. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 16 open to all. Most popular organizations: American Marketing Association, Korean Student Association, Japanese Student Association, Thai Student Association, Computing Society. Major annual events: International Cultural Celebration Day, welcome party, farewell party. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Golden Gate University Library plus 1 other with 79,204 books, 442,800 microform titles, 3,335 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 52 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See San Francisco State University.

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