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Heritage College: Narrative Description


3240 Fort Rd.
Toppenish, WA 98948-9599
Tel: (509)865-8500; Admissions: (509)865-8500; Fax: (509)865-4469; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1982. Setting: 10-acre rural campus. Endowment: $3.1 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4270 per student. Total enrollment: 1,127. 403 applied, 9% were admitted. Full-time: 285 students, 77% women, 23% men. Part-time: 469 students, 81% women, 19% men. Students come from 1 other country, 17% Native American, 48% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 71% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Retention: 38% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; law/legal studies; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Tuition: $6720 full-time. Mandatory fees: $40 Full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. Library and Resource Center with 32,000 books, 90,000 microform titles, 310 serials, 250 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $242,359. 130 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: Toppenish is located twenty miles south of Yakima, in the fertile lower Yakima Valley which produces fruit and hops and supports agricultural related industries. The climate is mild and dry. Toppenish has churches representing most denominations, a hospital, symphony, civic theatre, community concert series, and arts events. Local recreation includes swimming, skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, and golf. Local events include the Toppenish Rodeo and Pow-Wow, the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and Yakima Indian Nation Cultural Center events.

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