Grand Rapids Community College: Narrative Description

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143 Bostwick Ave., NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3201
Tel: (616)234-4000
Admissions: (616)234-4100
Fax: (616)234-4005
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District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Michigan Department of Education. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1914. Setting: 35-acre urban campus. Endowment: $11.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3709 per student. Total enrollment: 14,144. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 5,989 applied, 83% were admitted. Full-time: 6,338 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 7,806 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 13 states and territories, 35 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 10% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 28% 25 or older, 43% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for international applicants or allied health programs. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Required for some: ACT ASSET. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Area resident tuition: $1980 full-time, $66 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $3300 full-time, $110 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4500 full-time, $150 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $100 full-time, $45 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 32 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Student Congress, Phi Theta Kappa, Hispanic Student Organization, Asian Student Organization, Service Learning Advisory Board. Major annual events: Finals Relaxer, Orientation Week, Entertainment Series. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Arthur Andrews Memorial Library plus 1 other with 101,077 books, 10,552 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 1,048 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Calvin College.

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