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Long Island University, Southampton College: Narrative Description


239 Montauk Hwy.
Southampton, NY 11968-4198
Tel: (631)283-4000; 800-LIU PLAN; Admissions: (631)287-8000; Fax: (631)283-4081; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Part of Long Island University. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 110-acre small town campus. Endowment: $40 million. Research spending 2002-03: $90,000. Educational spending 2002-03: $2572 per student. Total enrollment: 1,453. Faculty: 240 (66 full-time, 174 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,354 applied, 63% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 2 class presidents, 2 valedictorians, 35 student government officers. Full-time: 1,070 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 126 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 35% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 15% 25 or older, 37% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 68% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: interdisciplinary studies; biological/life sciences; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, 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, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other campuses of Long Island University, members of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council for Higher Education. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $29,370 includes full-time tuition ($19,510), mandatory fees ($1050), and college room and board ($8810). College room only: $5030. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $609 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: Program Board, Marine Mammals Society, Film Committee, Campus Storm, Southampton Player. Major annual events: Spring Fest, Orientation, Fall Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. 730 college housing spaces available; 437 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Southampton Campus Library plus 1 other with 147,496 books, 156,778 microform titles, 678 serials, 903 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.2 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campus-wide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 5,000. The immediate locale has a memorial library, historical museum, several churches, good shopping facilities, a hospital and 2 medical centers. Ample part-time employment is available for students. Recreational facilities include theaters, boating, fishing, and sports. Situated one-third of the way out on eastern Long Island's south fork, Southampton is an amalgam of elm trees, fertile farm fields, fishing and shell fishing, tourists, boating, beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. The Hamptons are a prime vacation spot for people from New York City (some 90 miles west), and is easily accessible via car, train, or jitney bus.

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