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Marian College: Narrative Description


3200 Cold Spring Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997
Tel: (317)955-6000
Admissions: (317)955-6300
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1851. Setting: 114-acre urban campus. Endowment: $6.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6200 per student. Total enrollment: 1,685. Faculty: 145 (70 full-time, 75 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 911 applied, 73% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 61% from top half. 2 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,091 students, 71% women, 29% men. Part-time: 575 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 16 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 19% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 42% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Franklin College of Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, University of Indianapolis, Christian Theological Seminary, Butler University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.00 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous until 8/24.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $25,460 includes full-time tuition ($18,400), mandatory fees ($660), and college room and board ($6400). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $780 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $165 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletics, Marian College Student Association, Residence Hall Council, Business Club, Booster Club. Major annual events: October Fest, Homecoming (Mock Rock), Spring and Fall Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 500 college housing spaces available; 460 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library with 132,000 books, 1,200 microform titles, 300 serials, 100 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $285,673. 130 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:

See Butler University.

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