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Lower Columbia College: Narrative Description


PO Box 3010
Longview, WA 98632-0310
Tel: (360)442-2000
Admissions: (360)442-2301
Fax: (360)442-2109
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1934. Setting: 30-acre small town campus with easy access to Portland. Endowment: $2.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3172 per student. Total enrollment: 3,223. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 332 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,758 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,465 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 15% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 36% 25 or older, 11% transferred in. Retention: 48% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2445 full-time, $72.95 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3120 full-time, $94.50 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $44 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 8 open to all. Most popular organizations: Campus Entertainment, Phi Theta Kappa, Services and Relations Club, Multicultural Students Club, Theater Club. Major annual events: Red Devil Days, Open House. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Allan Thompson Library plus 1 other with 41,991 books, 5,887 microform titles, 217 serials, 3,376 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $349,791. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Longview is a planned city located on the banks of the Columbia and Cowlitz Rivers. The city is 50 miles north of Portland, Oregon, and has a mild climate. There are several churches, a public library, YMCA and two hospitals accessible. Longview may be reached by five railroad lines, and an airport. Local recreation includes theatres, boating, fishing, golf, hunting, skiing, and other sports. Part-time employment is available for students. Hotels, motels, and apartments are available for student housing. The community has several large shopping centers.

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