Harcum College: Narrative Description

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750 Montgomery Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3476
Tel: (610)525-4100
Free: 800-345-2600
Admissions: (610)526-6153
Fax: (610)526-6147
Web Site: http://www.harcum.edu/


Independent, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1915. Setting: 12-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $1500 per student. Total enrollment: 573. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 302 applied, 85% were admitted. 40% from top half of their high school class. Full-time: 385 students, 92% women, 8% men. Part-time: 188 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 6 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 20% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 40% 25 or older, 23% live on campus, 21% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $21,422 includes full-time tuition ($14,322), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($6900). Part-time tuition: $478 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: OATS (Organization for Animal Tech Students), Student Association of Dental Hygienist of America, Ebony Club, Dental Assisting Club, FLA International Club. Major annual events: College Transfer Fair, Student Leadership Banquet, Health and Wellness Fair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 350 college housing spaces available; 110 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Main library plus 1 other with 39,000 books, 300 serials, and 1,000 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2003-04: $235,319. 65 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in Bryn Mawr, Harcum College is neighbor to Villanova University, St. Joseph's University, Bryn Mawr College, Cabrini College, Eastern College, among others. Historical and residential, the local community offers many shops, banks, and activities for students. The city of Philadelphia is just 25 minutes away by car or train.

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