Marietta College: Narrative Description

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215 Fifth St.
Marietta, OH 45750-4000
Tel: (740)376-4000
Free: 800-331-7896
Admissions: (740)376-4600
Fax: (740)376-4896
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1835. Setting: 120-acre small town campus. Endowment: $37.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8419 per student. Total enrollment: 1,480. Faculty: 116 (78 full-time, 38 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,260 applied, 75% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 82% from top half. Full-time: 1,268 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 83 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 12 other countries, 50% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 3% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at American University, Stillman College, Central College, Institute of European Studies, Institute of Asian Studies. 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 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/15. Notification: continuous until 5/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,916 includes full-time tuition ($21,170), mandatory fees ($560), and college room and board ($6186). College room only: $3304. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $705 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 20% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Programming Board, student government, Great Outdoors Club, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Arts and Humanities Council. Major annual events: Homecoming Weekend, Doo Dah Day, Family Weekend. 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. College housing designed to accommodate 1,034 students; 1,280 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Dawes Memorial Library with 250,000 books, 130,700 microform titles, 7,100 serials, 5,800 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $669,504. 200 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:

Founded in 1788, Marietta, has the distinction of being the first permanent settlement of America's Northwest Territory. The city is rich in history, with stately homes, brick paved streets, sternwheeler festivals, and an antique row of stores. Students have easy access to the town which is located 1 block from the campus. Large urban cities as Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH are within a two-hour drive. Parkersburg, WV, with a population of 80,000, is 20 minutes away. Transportation is readily available. Part-time employment opportunities are available.

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