Marian College of Fond du Lac: Narrative Description

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45 South National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699
Tel: (920)923-7600
Admissions: (920)923-7650
Fax: (920)923-8755
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1936. Setting: 77-acre small town campus with easy access to Milwaukee. Endowment: $6.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4298 per student. Total enrollment: 2,918. Faculty: 232 (64 full-time, 168 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 800 applied, 83% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 68% from top half. Full-time: 1,319 students, 72% women, 28% men. Part-time: 680 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 7 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 41% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. 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, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $21,065 includes full-time tuition ($15,500), mandatory fees ($325), and college room and board ($5240). College room only: $2750. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $270 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $80 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 16% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Student Nurses Association, Student Education Association, Arts and Humanities Club, Music Performance Organization. Major annual events: Family Weekend, Mardi Gras, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 445 college housing spaces available; 429 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Cardinal Meyer Library with 90,327 books, 14,978 microform titles, 737 serials, 913 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $432,890. 225 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Marian College of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (population 38,000) is located on the edge of the scenic Kettle Moraine region, the dominant glacial formation of Wisconsin. It is less than a mile from beautiful Lake Winnebago. The campus is easily reached by U.S. Highways 41, 45, and 151. There is efficient bus service from other cities and airports. Fond du Lac offers its own cultural attractions: a modern public library, churches, local community theaters, and the Civic Music Center. Students who wish to expand their cultural horizons may easily travel to the nearby cities of Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, or Oshkosh.

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