Messenger College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 4050
Joplin, MO 64803
Tel: (417)624-7070
Fax: (417)624-5070
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Pentecostal, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1987. Setting: 16-acre suburban campus with easy access to Springfield. Endowment: $289,532. Educational spending 2003-04: $1286 per student. Total enrollment: 100. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 45 applied, 87% were admitted. 5 valedictorians, 5 student government officers. Full-time: 84 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 16 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 49% from out-of-state, 6% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 4% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 23% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, health form, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $8910 includes full-time tuition ($4950), mandatory fees ($460), and college room and board ($3500). Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $165 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 2 open to all. Most popular organizations: Special Projects Team-Community Service, H.I.M Club-Heart in Missions Club. Major annual events: Spring Banquet, sports events, College Days. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols. 98 college housing spaces available; 64 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. McDole-McDonald Library with 28,874 books, 114 serials, 326 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $20,000. 5 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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