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Morris College: Narrative Description


100 West College St.
Sumter, SC 29150-3599
Tel: (803)934-3200; (866)853-1345; Admissions: (803)934-3225; Fax: (803)773-3687; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1908. Setting: 34-acre small town campus. Endowment: $4.2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3420 per student. Total enrollment: 1,007. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 1,778 applied, 94% were admitted. 2% from top 10% of their high school class, 14% from top quarter, 38% from top half. Full-time: 988 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 19 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 13% from out-of-state, 99% black, 13% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 57% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, medical examination. Required for some: SAT I or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $10. Comprehensive fee: $10,974 includes full-time tuition ($7190), mandatory fees ($220), and college room and board ($3564). Part-time tuition: $300 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $75 per term.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 9% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, New Emphasis on Nontraditional Students, Block 'M' Club, Students of South Carolina Educational Association, Baptist Student Union. Major annual events: Coronation of Miss Morris College, Thanksgiving Rally/Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 696 students; 725 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Richardson-Johnson Learning Resources Center with 101,296 books, 190,678 microform titles, 395 serials, 3,734 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $466,215. 202 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: Sumter was named for General Thomas Sumter, "The Gamecock of the Revolution." The community is served by two bus lines and is 50 miles from an airport and 35 miles from rail service. The mean summer temperature is 90 degrees, and the mean winter temperature is 40 degrees. The city has many churches of various faiths, as well as a public library. Sumter offers both large natural parks and many lakes, and is famed for its Swan Lake Iris Gardens. Sports and recreation go hand-in-hand with the compatible climate and natural resources found in the community, and includes four theatres, a skating rink, bowling, and night-lit tennis courts.

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