Kutztown University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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15200 Kutztown Rd.
Kutztown, PA 19530-0730
Tel: (610)683-4000; 877-628-1915
Admissions: (610)683-4060
Fax: (610)683-1375
Web Site: http://www.kutztown.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1866. Setting: 326-acre rural campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $11.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $179,908. Educational spending 2003-04: $4715 per student. Total enrollment: 9,584. Faculty: 432 (292 full-time, 140 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 7,985 applied, 66% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 61% from top half. Full-time: 7,676 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 851 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 29 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 6% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the Marine Science Consortium, Pennsylvania Consortium for International Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: audition required for music program; portfolio and/or art test required for art education, communication design, crafts, and fine arts programs, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: 4/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4810 full-time, $200 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,026 full-time, $501 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1446 full-time, $73.71 per credit part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5274. College room only: $3792. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 118 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 3% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Board, Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Art Education Association, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Family Day, Bear Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, secondary door electronic alarm system in residence halls, 24-hour student desk personnel at main entrance of residence halls. College housing designed to accommodate 3,948 students; 4,098 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Rohrbach Library with 500,484 books, 1.3 million microform titles, 15,600 serials, 15,981 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3 million. 650 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:

Kutztown is a rural, small town located on U.S. Route 222, midway between Reading and Allentown, one and a half hours from Philadelphia, and three hours from New York City. Airports are located in Allentown and Reading, with bus transportation provided daily to Philadelphia and New York as well as to local destinations. The community has churches, civic organizations, and hospitals are located in nearby Reading and Allentown. Area recreation includes golf, bowling, tennis, hunting, fishing, swimming, basketball, football, theatre, nature study at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and the annual Kutztown Folk Festival.

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