Lindsey Wilson College: Narrative Description

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210 Lindsey Wilson St.
Columbia, KY 42728-1298
Tel: (270)384-2126
Free: 800-264-0138
Admissions: (270)384-8100
Fax: (270)384-8200
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Independent United Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1903. Setting: 45-acre rural campus. Endowment: $12 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4000 per student. Total enrollment: 1,846. Faculty: 123 (61 full-time, 62 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 1,361 applied, 78% were admitted. Full-time: 1,384 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 181 students, 75% women, 25% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 31 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 25% 25 or older, 47% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 48% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: protective services/public administration; education; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: interview. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $19,740 includes full-time tuition ($13,584), mandatory fees ($230), and college room and board ($5926). College room only: $2184. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Part-time tuition: $566 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 27 open to all. Major annual events: homecoming, Founders' Day, Malvina Farkie Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 750 college housing spaces available; 720 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Katie Murrell Library with 80,000 books and 1,500 serials. Operations spending 2003-04: $156,325. 80 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:

Columbia is the seat of Adair County. The climate is moderate. The city is located 8 miles from Green River Lake State Park and 20 miles from Cumberland Lake State Park, both known for their boating, fishing, water skiing and other water activities. Community services include seven churches, a modern hospital, and adequate shopping. There are several service clubs, and an excellent relationship exists between the local population and the college.

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