Mount Wachusett Community College: Narrative Description

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444 Green St.
Gardner, MA 01440-1000
Tel: (978)632-6600
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 270-acre small town campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2573 per student. Total enrollment: 4,165. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,043 applied, 95% were admitted. Full-time: 1,821 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 2,344 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 6 states and territories, 8 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 42% 25 or older, 8% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, physical therapy assistant programs. Options: Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. State resident tuition: $750 full-time, $25 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6900 full-time, $230 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3330 full-time, $106 per credit part-time, $55 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 18 open to all. Most popular organizations: Sophomore Nursing Club, Freshman Nursing Club, Alpha Beta Gamma, Physical Therapist Assistant Club, Multicultural Club. Major annual events: Orientation, Commencement Dinner/Awards Ceremony. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Mount Wachusett Community College Library with 56,344 books, 6,051 microform titles, 532 serials, 2,185 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $348,122. 415 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

City has airport and bus service. Community services include three libraries, many churches of most denominations, the Henry Heywood Memorial Hospital, and a downtown shopping center. Recreational facilities are swimming pool, golf course, lakes, bowling and theatre. Excellent opportunities for part-time employment.

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