Livingstone College: Narrative Description

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701 West Monroe St.
Salisbury, NC 28144-5298
Tel: (704)216-6000
Free: 800-835-3435
Admissions: (704)216-6005
Fax: (704)216-6217
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1879. Setting: 272-acre small town campus. Endowment: $14.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5638 per student. Total enrollment: 1,016. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,464 applied, 50% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 4% from top quarter, 15% from top half. Full-time: 985 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 31 students, 39% women, 61% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 5 other countries, 42% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 93% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 13% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: essay, 3 recommendations, interview, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadlines: 8/1, 8/1 for nonresidents, 8/1 for early action. Notification: 10/1, 8/31 for nonresidents, 8/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. One-time mandatory fee: $3140. Comprehensive fee: $19,446 includes full-time tuition ($11,421), mandatory fees ($2106), and college room and board ($5919). College room only: $2779. Part-time tuition: $476 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $87 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band. Social organizations: 71 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 40% of eligible men and 45% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Homecoming, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 710 college housing spaces available; 621 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Carnegie Library plus 2 others with 135,000 books, 43,400 microform titles, 235 serials, and 1,003 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2003-04: $118,577. 62 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:

See Catawba College.

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