Manatee Community College: Narrative Description

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5840 26th St. West, PO Box 1849
Bradenton, FL 34206-7046
Tel: (941)752-5000; Admissions: (941)752-5031; Fax: (941)727-6177; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Florida Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1957. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus with easy access to Tampa-St. Petersburg. Research spending 2002-03: $92,312. Educational spending 2002-03: $4800 per student. Total enrollment: 9,172. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. Full-time: 3,506 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 5,666 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 86 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 10% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 41% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Retention: 64% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for allied health programs. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I or ACT, Florida College Entry-Level Placement Test required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/20. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $1,833 full-time, $61.11 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6852 fulltime, $228.40 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 36 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, American Chemical Society Student Affiliate, Campus Ministry, Medical Community Club. Major annual events: Fall Frolic, Spring Fling, Great Safe Holiday Break Campaign. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Sara Harlee Library plus 1 other with 65,386 books, 125,726 microform titles, 378 serials, 14,617 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.1 million. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: A suburban area with a subtropical climate, Bradenton is located on the west coast and is known as "The Friendly City;" the hub of activities are in Manatee County. Air service at the Bradenton-Sarasota airport are available. Shopping centers, hospital, city parks, theaters and a modern municipal auditorium are part of the community facilities. The city is a rich agricultural area, producing, processing and shipping citrus fruits, winter vegetables and gladiola. Recreational facilities include beaches, a municipal pier, yacht basin, boat launching, and fishing. Points of interest are the South Florida Museum and Planetarium, and the De Soto National Memorial. The Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team trains here. A De Soto celebration is an annual event in March. Venice, Florida, is located approximately 42 miles south of the Bradenton campus. Some part-time employment is available.

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