Kettering University: Narrative Description

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1700 West Third Ave.
Flint, MI 48504-4898
Tel: (810)762-9500; 800-955-4464; Admissions: (810)762-7865; Fax: (810)762-9837; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1919. Setting: 85-acre suburban campus with easy access to Detroit. Endowment: $40.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $1.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $6635 per student. Total enrollment: 3,126. Faculty: 153 (139 full-time, 14 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,365 applied, 71% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 95% from top half. 19 valedictorians. full-time: 2,558 students, 17% women, 83% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 24 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 7% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 3% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 88% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters (11 weeks of full-time study plus 12 weeks of paid co-op experience per semester). Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, double major, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT II: Subject Tests. Required for some: essay. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $26,478 includes full-time tuition ($21,184), mandatory fees ($370), and college room and board ($4924). College room only: $3174. Room and board charges vary according to student level. Part-time tuition: $662 per credit.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 40% of eligible men and 33% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Society of Automotive Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Outdoors Club, Christians in Action. Major annual events: Greek Week, Spring Homecoming, Midnight Breakfast. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 623 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Kettering University Library plus 1 other with 115,000 books, 35,000 microform titles, 1,200 serials, 778 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $957,030. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A pioneer in the early days of the automobile industry, Flint is located about one hour north of Detroit and within an hour of Ann Arbor and East Lansing. Commercial transportation is provided by air, bus, and rail lines. The Flint area has several hospitals, churches of most faiths, the Flint Cultural Center with museums and institutes of arts and music, and shopping. Recreational facilities are abundant, from the university Recreation Center and playing fields, to nearby golf courses, ski slopes, lakes, theatres, and more.

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