McPherson College: Narrative Description

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1600 East Euclid, PO Box 1402
McPherson, KS 67460-1402
Tel: (620)241-0731; 800-365-7402; Admissions: (620)241-0731; Fax: (620)241-8443; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Church of the Brethren. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1887. Setting: 26-acre small town campus. Endowment: $31.4 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7338 per student. Total enrollment: 436. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 532 applied, 73% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 386 students, 36% women, 64% men. Part-time: 50 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 0.2% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 9% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 24% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 83% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at 6 members of the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $20,265 includes full-time tuition ($14,385), mandatory fees ($260), and college room and board ($5620). College room only: $2345. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $450 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: Today's Educators, Spectator (newspaper), drama productions, athletics, choir. Major annual events: homecoming, Alumni Weekend, graduation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only housing available. Miller Library with 89,946 books, 60,561 microform titles, 345 serials, 4,465 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $105,692. 60 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: McPherson is a small city of 14,000 located near Highway I-135. The county seat, as well as the business center for the surrounding agricultural area, McPherson's principal industries include oil refining, insulation, plastic pipe, pharmaceuticals, mobile homes, and farm equipment. The community supports many cultural activities such as activities symphony, theatre guild, chorale, and art festival. Air transportation is available at nearby Wichita, Salina and Hutchinson, as well as churches, motels, and several parks.

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