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Maharishi University of Management: Narrative Description


1000 North 4th St.
Fairfield, IA 52557
Tel: (641)472-7000
Free: 800-369-6480
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: 272-acre small town campus. Endowment: $9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,135 per student. Total enrollment: 688. Faculty: 56 (44 full-time, 12 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 51 applied, 67% were admitted. Full-time: 214 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 12 students, 42% women, 58% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 21 other countries, 44% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 44% international, 15% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 22% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; computer/information sciences; liberal arts/general studies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, minimum SAT score of 950 or ACT score of 19, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous until 8/15. Preference given to graduates of the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. One-time mandatory fee: $2500. Comprehensive fee: $30,430 includes full-time tuition ($24,000), mandatory fees ($430), and college room and board ($6000). College room only: $2800. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $350 per unit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Soccer Club, Global Student Council, Fencing Club, Knitting Club. Major annual events: International Cultural Festivals, Monthly World Peace Assemblies, Variety/Talent Show. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 320 college housing spaces available; 105 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Maharishi University of Management Library with 137,775 books, 59,851 microform titles, 11,146 serials, 26,924 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $138,946. 120 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:

The University is located in the Fairfield, Iowa, 50 miles west of the Mississippi River in the heartland of the central United States. A thirty percent growth in the population and the appearance of numerous new businesses in Fairfield in recent years have spurred an unprecedented level of economic and cultural growth in the community. Fairfield is viewed as one of the great success stories in Iowa, and is recognized throughout the state for its creativity in business, the arts, and education. Located within easy access of Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City, it is only one hour south of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa.

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