Kentucky State University: Narrative Description

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400 East Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Tel: (502)597-6000
Free: 800-325-1716
Admissions: (502)597-6322
Fax: (502)597-6239
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State-related, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1886. Setting: 485-acre small town campus with easy access to Louisville. Research spending 2003-04: $8.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $13,127 per student. Total enrollment: 2,335. Faculty: 162 (152 full-time, 10 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. Full-time: 1,617 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 566 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 24 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 64% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 80% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Berea College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, ACT. Required for some: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $22. State resident tuition: $3172 full-time, $130 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8929 full-time, $367 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $608 full-time, $19 per credit part-time, $43 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $5658. College room only: $2630. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, location, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 45 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 6% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, student government. Major annual events: Coronation, Greek Step-Show, Homecoming Concert. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. 849 college housing spaces available. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Blazer Library with 296,631 books, 320,739 microform titles, 1,097 serials, 3,025 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $887,261. 230 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Founded in 1786, Frankfort was selected as Kentucky's capital in 1792. Located at the western edge of the Bluegrass region, Frankfort, population 27,500, is home to several plants which manufacture electronic equipment, shoes, underwear, metal auto trim, precision parts and screws. There is access to rail and bus lines. The city has a public library, hospital, Y's, shopping facilities, theatres, and swimming. Organizations including major civic, fraternal, and veterans' are located in the area.

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