Kentucky Wesleyan College: Narrative Description

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3000 Frederica St., PO Box 1039
Owensboro, KY 42302-1039
Tel: (270)926-3111
Free: 800-990-0592
Admissions: (270)852-3120
Fax: (270)926-3196
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1858. Setting: 52-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $23.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3622 per student. Total enrollment: 679. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,073 applied, 73% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 79% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 12 valedictorians. Full-time: 641 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 38 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 8 other countries, 22% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 8% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; health professions and related sciences; psychology; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Brescia College, Owensboro Community College, University of Evansville. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 9/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $18,590 includes full-time tuition ($12,590), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($5600). College room only: $2550. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition: $390 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $25 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 17% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Activities Programming Board, Leadership KWC, Pre-Professional Society, Wesley Club. Major annual events: homecoming, Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Leadership Symposium. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, 12-hour patrols by trained security personnel. 413 college housing spaces available; 299 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Library Learning Center with a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $332,825. 110 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Owensboro, population 54,000, with sunshine 52-60 percent of the year is the largest city in western Kentucky. There are good commercial bus and air transportation facilities. The city has public libraries, many churches, a hospital, three medical centers and a public health center. Recreation facilities include theaters, drive-ins, bowling alleys, golf courses as well as fishing, boating, swimming, indoor athletics and other activities.

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