Memphis College of Art: Narrative Description

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Overton Park, 1930 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104-2764
Tel: (901)272-5100
Free: 800-727-1088
Admissions: (901)272-5153
Fax: (901)272-5104
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1936. Setting: 200-acre urban campus. Endowment: $5.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5868 per student. Total enrollment: 315. Faculty: 45 (21 full-time, 24 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 314 applied, 65% were admitted. Full-time: 257 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 37 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 5 other countries, 53% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 17% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 17% 25 or older, 37% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Greater Memphis Consortium, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, portfolio, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $23,260 includes full-time tuition ($15,800), mandatory fees ($60), and college room and board ($7400). College room only: $5400. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $670 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organization: student government. Major annual events: Holiday Bazaar, Horn Island Show Opening, Student Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, late night security patrols by trained personnel. 108 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. G. Pillow Lewis Library plus 1 other with 14,500 books and 102 serials. Operations spending 2003-04: $98,631. 70 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Memphis is a friendly city. It's large enough to support a cultural life of high quality, but small enough not to overwhelm. The cost of living is low. The school is located in midtown, near the Mississippi River.

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