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Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description


North Fairview St.
Lock Haven, PA 17745-2390
Tel: (570)893-2011; 800-233-8978; Admissions: (570)893-2027; Fax: (570)893-2201; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1870. Setting: 165-acre rural campus. Endowment: $5.9 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4238 per student. Total enrollment: 4,908. Faculty: 244 (222 full-time, 22 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 3,932 applied, 81% were admitted. 2% from top 10% of their high school class, 8% from top quarter, 37% from top half. Full-time: 4,267 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 429 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 35 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 9% 25 or older, 55% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; health professions and related sciences; parks and recreation. 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, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Pennsylvania Consortium for International Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, high school transcript, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4598 full-time, $192 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9496 full-time, $396 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1276 full-time, $55 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. College room and board: $5224. College room only: $2944. 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: 93 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Family Day, Spring Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing designed to accommodate 1,750 students; 1,845 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Stevenson Library with 370,967 books, 772,071 microform titles, 1,117 serials, 8,158 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.4 million. 270 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: Population 10,500, Loch Haven was laid out at the site of old Fort Reed, which was erected to protect the frontier settlers from the Indians. The fort was evacuated in the great runaway of 1778. Today, lumbering is a major industry and paper products are produced here. The city lies in a central mountainous region with a moderate climate. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, boating, hang gliding, and skiing. Private homes provide supplemental student housing.

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