John F. Kennedy University: Narrative Description

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100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817
Tel: (925)969-3300
Free: 800-696-JFKU
Admissions: (925)969-3330
Fax: (925)254-6964
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 5-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3887 per student. Total enrollment: 1,653. Faculty: 728 (55 full-time, 673 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 0% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 9% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 86% 25 or older. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters for law school. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of California, Berkeley, California State University, Hayward, Contra Costa College, Laney College.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, deferred admission. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $14,304 full-time, $298 per quarter hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $132 full-time, $44 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Robert M. Fisher Library plus 1 other with 96,366 books, 7,845 microform titles, 823 serials, 2,147 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Orinda, population 15,000, is located just east of the Oakland-Berkeley Hills. Oakland, 10 miles away, and San Francisco, 20 miles, are easily accessed. Climate is mild the year round, with the average temperature 65-70 degrees.

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