Grace Bible College: Narrative Description

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1011 Aldon St. SW
PO Box 910
Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0910
Tel: (616)538-2330
Free: 800-968-1887
Fax: (616)538-0599
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Grace Gospel Fellowship. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1945. Setting: 16-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $274,330. Educational spending 2003-04: $6078 per student. Total enrollment: 172. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 168 applied, 57% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 81% from top half. Full-time: 157 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 15 students, 33% women, 67% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 1 other country, 26% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 9% 25 or older, 53% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; protective services/public administration; visual/performing arts. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, independent study, internships. Off campus study at Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University, Cornerstone University. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $16,910 includes full-time tuition ($9950), mandatory fees ($470), and college room and board ($6490). Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $425 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 5 open to all. Most popular organizations: Ambassador Fellowship, Student Activities Committee, Student Council, Ambassador Staff, Campus Ministry Team. Major annual events: Campus 'Clean-Up' Days, Fridays at Grace. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, controlled dormitory access. 104 college housing spaces available; 91 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Bultema Memorial Library with 39,079 books, 53 microform titles, 183 serials, 2,293 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $65,315. 25 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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