Iowa Wesleyan College: Narrative Description

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601 North Main St.
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641-1398
Tel: (319)385-8021
Free: 800-582-2383
Admissions: (319)385-6230
Fax: (319)385-6296
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1842. Setting: 60-acre small town campus. Endowment: $5.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $8970. Educational spending 2003-04: $3291 per student. Total enrollment: 776. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 587 applied, 64% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 51% from top half. Full-time: 564 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 212 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 12 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 10% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 40% 25 or older, 57% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Southeastern Community College, Muscatine Community College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay, recommendations. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Comprehensive fee: $20,990 includes full-time tuition ($16,070) and college room and board ($4920). College room only: $2050. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $396 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 38 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Commuter Club, Student Senate, International Club, Behavioral Science Club, Blue Key Society. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Thing, Christmas Thing. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 465 college housing spaces available; 314 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Chadwick Library plus 1 other with 107,227 books, 27,200 microform titles, 431 serials, 6,553 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $216,160. 72 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Mount Pleasant (population 8,000) is located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 218 and 34; Amtrak and a municipal airport serve the area. Community facilities include many churches, libraries, a hospital, motels, and civic and fraternal organizations. Part time employment is available. Two state parks are nearby which provide facilities for boating and fishing.

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