Goshen College: Narrative Description

views updated


1700 South Main St.
Goshen, IN 46526-4794
Tel: (574)535-7000; 800-348-7422; Admissions: (574)535-7535; Fax: (574)535-7060; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site: http://www.goshen.edu/

Description: Independent Mennonite, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1894. Setting: 135-acre small town campus. Endowment: $88.8 million. Research spending 2002-03: $61,654. Educational spending 2002-03: $9651 per student. Total enrollment: 920. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 608 applied, 61% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 83% from top half. 9 National Merit Scholars, 6 valedictorians. Full-time: 787 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 133 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 30 other countries, 43% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 15% 25 or older, 64% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 77% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Northern Indiana Consortium for Education. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, rank in upper 50% of high school class, minimum SAT score of 1000, ACT score of 22, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/15, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,450 includes full-time tuition ($16,320), mandatory fees ($330), and college room and board ($5800). College room only: $3000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and student level. Part-time tuition: $640 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 26 open to all. Most popular organizations: Business Club, Black Student Union, Non-Traditional Student Network, Goshen Student Women's Organization, International Student Club. Major annual events: February Fest, Ethnic Fair, Fall Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 633 college housing spaces available; 467 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Harold and Wilma Good Library plus 2 others with 127,028 books, 178,314 microform titles, 750 serials, 3,250 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $597,946. 160 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Goshen,"The Maple City" is a diversified small industry center, situated ten miles south of the Michigan state line. Annual mean temperature is 55 degrees, and the annual rainfall is 34 inches. All forms of transportation are available, and the airport is five miles southeast. Community facilities include a public library, hospital, 24 churches and many civic, service and social organizations. Goshen is noted for its large number of Amish farmers, and hundreds of lakes are within a 40-mile radius.