Holyoke Community College: Narrative Description

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303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040-1099
Tel: (413)538-7000; (413)552-2850
Admissions: (413)552-2850
Web Site: http://www.hcc.mass.edu/


State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 135-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $4.6 million. Total enrollment: 6,298. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. Full-time: 3,215 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 3,083 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 11 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 31% 25 or older, 5% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, radiological science, ophthalmic technology programs. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: interview. Placement: Assessment and Placement Services for Community Colleges, Health Occupations Exam required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. Area resident tuition: $2498 full-time, $100 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7442 full-time, $230 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Most popular organizations: Drama Club, Music Club, Student Advisory Board. Major annual events: Spring Fling Week, Welcome Week, Black History Month. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Elaine Marieb Library with 75,222 books, 135,807 microform titles, 365 serials, 7,489 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $511,775. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Holyoke is located 87 miles west of Boston on the shores of the Connecticut River and was the first planned industrial center in the country. Industries include the production of fine writing paper and various mills. The game of volleyball, first known as minonette, was invented here in 1895. The city has historical points of interest, museums, three movie theatres, public beaches and marinas, a community concert series featuring nationally known artists, and Mt. Tom Ski area. Westover Air Force Base is five miles from town. Part-time employment is available.

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